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3D Scan To STL Mesh

Our 3D Scan To STL Services

Looking for a way to create a digital replica of your physical object? Look no further than our 3D Scan to STL service. We can help you turn real-world objects into 3D digital models (meshes) that can be used for a wide range of applications, from 3D printing to CAD modelling or digital marketing.

Want to see examples of our work?

Check out our 3D scanning portfolio to see examples of STL models we’ve scanned.

How can I get my part scanned to STL?

A blue STL model of a motorcycle helmet made using our 3D Scanning Scan to STL service.

The process is simple: send us a brief description and a few photos of the item you’d like scanning to STL, and we’ll assess your requirements. We will then determine the best scanning method to create your 3D mesh and provide you with a personalised quote. If you’re happy, you can either send your part to us, or if your parts are particularly large or valuable we can visit your site to scan your parts.

Why use our Scan to STL service?

Our Scan to STL service is incredibly accurate, thanks to our state-of-the-art scanning technology and experienced engineers. This means that you can be sure that your digital models are an exact representation of the physical object. There are countless applications for the STL meshes we provide. For example, you can use them to create prototypes, moulds, and production parts. They can also be used for product visualisation, marketing, and more.

Check out our reviews

We are committed to providing our customers with a high quality service. Check our our Google reviews to see what our customers say about our customer service, attention to detail, and timely delivery.

Great people, good work and fast turn around. Thanks
Indtech Ltd
Fantastic company. Helped us out of a pickle by 3D scanning and reverse engineering one of our legacy parts. Really good turnaround. Much appreciated!
Michael Kightley
Thank you to Adrian for an exceptional service. We had several extrusions and castings scanned with a competitive quote and very good lead times. I would use again and recommend without doubt.
Mark Snowdon
I've worked with Adrian and Robert on a number of projects over the past few years, they're extremely easy to deal with, highly knowledgeable with regards to inspection, tolerancing and Solidworks modelling/drawing - attention to detail from Robert is second to none. I look forward to working with them again.
Lewis Ferrari
Very professional service working on an innovative inspection project, AB-T worked with us to come up with a unique method to achieve our goals. Excellent to work with
Matt Hackney
One word for the job done: fantastic! From the very beginning, when I first approached AB, I was positively impressed. Prompt and friendly response. Communication was great and in less than a week I had the service done including there the shipping of the model to be scanned. Checked the quality of the work (a vintage toy scan for 3D printing) and it was great. I am really positively impressed and highly recommend their scan service.
Everson Possamai

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you scan my part to STL?

Yes. With our combination of structured light and laser scanners there’s very little we can’t scan. We have scanned everything from complex industrial assemblies to hobbyist model cars. Check out our Case Studies and 3D Scanning Portfolio pages for more examples of our work.

Can you scan shiny / matt / transparent surfaces?

Yes. For parts that would otherwise be difficult to scan, we use a specialist self evaporating spray that leaves zero residue. It enables us to scan almost any material and surface finish, whilst also requiring no cleaning!

What file formats do you use for 3D scanning?

The most common file formats for outputting 3D scan data to mesh are STL, OBJ, and PLY, though other file formats are available. See our downloads page for example data.

How long does it take to scan to STL mesh?

The scanning process can vary depending on the complexity and size of the object. In general, a small object can be scanned in an hour, while a larger object may take a full day. As well as the scanning time, there may also be some post processing time to account for. As part of your personalised quote we will provide you with an estimated lead-time.

How much does it cost to scan a part to STL?

The cost of our 3D scanning to STL service can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size and complexity of the object, and the desired level of accuracy.

To receive a personalised quote for your project, please send us a brief description and a few photos of the object you’d like to scan using our contact form or email us at

Our prices include all costs associated with the project, including scanning, processing, and file delivery. There are no hidden fees.

If you’re interested in our 3D Scan to STL service, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

We’re ready to help you turn your real-world objects into high-quality digital models.

or read more about our other 3D scanning services.

About Us

AB Technology started out as an independent CMM Inspection & Programming company based near Nottingham, UK. Over the last 25+ years, we have expanded our services to include 3D scanning and reverse engineering, serving customers of all sizes, across an array of industry sectors, both domestically and internationally.