by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
On Tuesday, August 4, 2014, I demonstrated the Sense 3D scanner to Dr. Steve Davis of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He was interested in seeing how well the scanner would work on a Catawba jar. The base of the jar was set into a bed of rice at an angle, as my previous experiences with the Sense 3D scanner indicates difficulty with recording the image of symmetric objects if arranged along a 90 degree angle through their central axis. As expected, the Sense 3D scanner did not pick up fine details of the surface as one could with the NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner. On the other hand, the Sense 3D scanner did readily record the interior of the jar, which would be difficult with the NextEngine. The Sense 3D scanner is certainly suitable for gross-level recordation of vessel shape, and it does create measurable digital models that can also be printed.