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Scan 3D Objects

With a 3D scanner you can make a digital copy of just about anything! Bring in your object, scan, and save the scan as a .stl file. With our 3D printers you can turn that digital copy into another physical object. You can also try importing your scans into your favorite 3D design software and combine and alter them to make a whole new object.

We also have 3D scanners you can checkout and take home. These scanners are better suited for doing large objects or people. In addition to 3D scanners, we offer a selection of Maker Kits that include a wide range of technology you can checkout for home use.

Get Started

Visit the 1st floor Ask Us desk.

  • Bring your object to scan
  • Sign into the 3D Scanner station
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Access to scanner is first come, first served


Tech Notes

  • Maximum Size: 8in x 8in cylinder
  • Minimum Size: 2in x 2in cylinder
  • Scanner: Makerbot Digitizer
  • Opaque
  • Stationary
  • Objects must be less than 6.6 pounds (3kg)



How can I improve the accuracy of the scan?

Calibrating the scanner will improve accuracy.

How can I learn more about using this scanner?

Try watching the video tutorial.


Some Common Questions

What objects are difficult to scan?

Objects that are difficult to scan include things that are:

  • transparent
  • fuzzy
  • very dark
  • shiny or reflective
  • parts in motion
How long does it take?

Most objects can be scanned in 30 minutes. Objects with more complex geometry will require longer.

How much does it cost to scan an object?

The scanner equipment is free to use. 

Do I have to be a member of the Frisco Public Library to use the 3D scanner?

No membership is required. Just stop by the 1st floor Ask Us desk and we will help you get started.

Do you have a 3D scanner that I can checkout and use at home?

Yes! We have three different type of 3D scanners available for library member to checkout for use at home.

What free software can I use to edit my 3D scan?

To edit a 3D object like a sculptor would clay, try SculptGL. Beginners can also modify a scan using Tinkercad and intermediate users can try MeshMixer.

Beginning 3D Design

Adults and Teens Ages 13+
7:00 - 8:30 pm
4th floor, McCallum Room

This class is for participants new to using Tinkercad. It is recommended participants create a account before class.

In this class participants will learn how to:

  • Use to design a 3D model
  • Download a .STL file
  • Use the library's 3D printing service

Note: Due to the lengthy print times we will not be able to print your designs during class.

Class Dates:

  • December 6, 2018
  • March 21, 2019
  • April 11, 2019


Ages 13 and up