Scanvenir - A souvenir scanned on vacation and fabbed at home

Scanvenir (n): An object from a 3D scan taken on vacation and fabricated at home.

Souvenirs have long been a popular way of remembering a trip, event, or other special happening. They act as physical reminders of where we were, what we did, and who we were with. For as much personal and emotional value as we assign to souvenirs, they are often mass manufactured items that are not intrinsically unique to our experience beyond that they were available for purchase.

A scanvenir is an opportunity to capture something truly unique to your experience. Maybe you visited a monument that meant a lot to you, or maybe you went and hiked mountain and discovered a very large distinct rock at the top. Or maybe you saw something that just wasn’t available for purchase but you loved it all the same. Each one of these examples could be 3D scanned while on your trip and 3D printed once you returned home, giving you a unique artifact from your trip in form of a scanvenir.

As 3D scanning gets easier and the results improve in quality, scanvenirs are likely to become a more popular behavior. Similar to the way a collection of photographs could tell a person’s life story, scanvenirs allow us to createan  intimate and personal history of things from our individual life experience.

“Walt Disney” Scanvenir

3D scanned, 3D printed, faux finish
Scan Location: “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” at The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Illinois, USA

Scanvenir Cat

3D scanned, 3D printed, abstract finishes
Scan Location: Gift shop in the Ozark Mountains, Missouri, USA

3D scanning Picasso’s “Woman’s Head (Fernande)”

Scan Location: TATE Modern, London, England

“Panther and Cubs” Scanvenir

3D scanned, 3D printed, faux finish
Scan Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA