Like 3D printers, 3D scanners are also rarely owned by people who don’t use them regularly – and the occasional need to use one rarely justifies the cost of owning one. Unsurprisingly, commercial 3D scanning companies exist for exactly this purpose, but finding one that’s both close and suits your needs isn’t always easy.

Thankfully, the cool cats over at SketchFab – the leading platform for publishing 3D content anywhere online – have done the hard work for us and have put together what is surely the most comprehensive international 3D scanning directory of its type: The Sketchfab Community 3D Scanning Services.

“The Sketchfab community is home to a large group of professional 3D scanning companies,” explains Natalia Krasnodebska, Head of Communications at the company. “Finding the right one to hire for your project isn’t always easy, so we made a directory to find a scanning company near you with specific skills to match your requirements.”

Although some people have found success with various 3D scanning iPhone apps or similar – there’s no denying that professional services will always yield better results.

You can head over to check out the interactive map here. For those in New York or Paris, the SketchFab team will even do a free 3D scan of your bust if you stop by their local office.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.