Sketchfab 3D Scanning Challenge: Technology

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Calling all technophiles! This month’s 3D scanning challenge is a chance to capture your favourite piece of technology – large or small, gadgets or machines, electronic or mechanical – anything goes.

Lots of plain plastics, shiny metal and transparent parts should provide you with quite a bit of work to overcome, be sure to share your tips and tricks on the forum.

If you want to push your scans to the next level, also consider de-lighting them with PhotoScan or Unity.

Update – Winner: Turbo Shaft Engine Ivchenko AL-20

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TL;DR: 3D scan your favourite gadget or piece of technology using your favourite scanning workflow, upload it to Sketchfab and add the tag #TechScanChallenge


  • Scan your favourite piece of technology with your preferred scanning workflow.
  • Submit only new work, but feel free to submit multiple scenes.
  • Once you’ve created your scene, upload it to Sketchfab, tag it #TechScanChallenge.
  • Share work-in-progress, tips and ask for advice on the challenge thread in the forum!
  • Submission deadline is Monday, November 27 (23:59 New York time – EST)



  • $100 Amazon gift card (or equivalent if you don’t have access to Amazon)
  • 3 months of Sketchfab PRO to your account
  • Staff Pick for the winning entry

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
  • This is a contest for individuals, no teams.
  • No alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Sketchfab employees or their families.
  • No ripping of models from anywhere on the Internet, all entries must be original works.
  • The judges’ decision are final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winning entries will be documented and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Contestants models must be uploaded to Sketchfab and tagged #TechScanChallenge to be considered.
  • Winners retain all Intellectual Property as per Sketchfab standard Terms and Conditions.
  • Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • The winners will be contacted by Friday, December 1st.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

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Thomas Flynn

Community & Cultural Heritage Lead at Sketchfab.

Expert in 3D scanning, photogrammetry, online publishing & dissemination.

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