Sketchfab 3D Scanning Challenge: Tools of the Trade

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What do you use to capture all those great 3D scans you’ve been publishing? For this challenge we’re putting the focus on our process and capturing a piece of equipment – tripods, turntables, cameras, laser scanners, etc. – that we use to bring our models to life.

But how will you capture a piece of your equipment when you need it to make the model? Therein lies the challenge! Time for some creative 3D capturing.

UPDATE: Winner – Rigsters Photogrammetry Rig by Rigsters

TL;DR: 3D scan a piece of 3D scanning equipment with your favorite scanning tool or software, upload it to Sketchfab and tag it #ToolsOfTheTrade


  • Scan a piece of equipment that you use to create 3D scans 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 #ToolsOfTheTrade.
  • Share work-in-progress, tips and ask for advice on the challenge thread in the forum!
  • Submission deadline is Monday, June 18th (23:59 New York time – EST)


darkminaz and Abby, Sketchfab Masters
Tom and Bart, Sketchfab Community Team


  • $100 Amazon gift card (or equivalent if you don’t have access to Amazon)
  • 3 months of Sketchfab PRO to your account
  • A chance of a 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 #ToolsOfTheTrade 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, June 22nd.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

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  • Avatar Phil N. says:

    This is quite a challenge since everything peice of equipment i have is smooth, shiny, and has black parts, all of which are difficult to scan.

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