Museum and 3D Data

A collaborative project between The Kyushu University Museum and Kyushu University Material Management Center (MMC) started to provide 3D data of museum collections for 3D replication and 3D visualization. We provide 3D data for schools, museums and companies (non-profit & commercial). We welcome innovative ideas to use the 3D data! This is a part of substantiative experiments of research on digital intellectual properties.


3D Replication

Our 3D data is generated from our museum collections using a handy 3D digitizer. The 3d data can be used for computer graphics. Also recently it is becoming more common to make a physical replica from 3D data using 3D printers. Here we introduce a case that our museum created a museum gift from an ornament of a building of our museum using 3D data and a 3D printer. Please try your ideas to utilize our museum's 3D data for your purpose.


About The Project

About The Kyushu University Museum

The Kyushu University Museum was established in 2000 as an institute for the joint use of Kyushu University . It handles over 7.5 million specimens and materials which have been collected by Kyushu University in its over 100 years of history. The museum provides educational and research programs utilizing its academic resources for public.

About Material Management Center (MMC)

Material Management Center (MMC) was established in 2010 as an institute of Kyushu University so as to promote and manage of materials or research tools created by Japanese universities' researchers. It has three pillars in its mission; 1) to promote the utilization of the collection of materials kept at participating universities, 2) to study and establish a system to manage the transfer of material, 3) to inform researchers of the benefits of the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and to train staff to negotiate and complete the MTA.

  • 1. Subject

    This is a condor corbel mounted on the entrance of the Faculty of Engineering Main Building in the Hakozaki Campus. This building, constructed in 1930, is a representative modern architecture of the campus.

  • 2. Scanning

    Scanning the condor corbel using a 3D digitizer.

  • 3. Generation

    Integrated 3d data of the model was generated on a computer software.

  • 4. 3D Printing

    We can print a physical replica from the 3D data using a 3D printer. We can choose color of the material and size of the replica.

  • 5. Finishing

    Removing the model from the printer, and blushing it up.

  • Sample Work

    Glueing a magnet behind the tiny condor, a museum gift of the Condor Magnet was coming up.

    This is just an example. You will find other ways to utilize 3D data; 3D models for education, Computer Graphics, AR application, etc.




  • Q: How can I order the data?

    • Please click a picture of a material above, and click a link to enter a material information on the MMC website. You can order the data from a MMC page (A user account of the MMC website is required.). Please do not forget to fill in "Purpose of use" with details. After your order, it follows a process of a Material Transfer Agreement.
  • Q: What kind of purpose of use, can I get a license to use the 3D data?

    • We assume uses such as technical evaluations of 3D printers, 3D printing at a trade show or educational events, production of commercial educational tools and toys. Although there is a review for approval of licensing, we welcome innovative ideas of applications.
  • Q: We would like to use the 3D data in a classroom. Can we get the data without a license?

    • It requires a Material Transfer Agreement through MMC even if the use is for educational, research or non-profit purposes.
  • Q: What kind of data formats available?

    • Common 3D data formats such as STL and OBJ are available. Please inquire for particular kinds of data formats.
  • Q: We are a company, a school and a museum not based in Japan. Can we get a license to use the 3D data?

    • Depending on your purpose of use, Yes. Please order the data in English or in Japanese.
  • Q: How much is the licensing fee?

    • It depends on purpose of use (purpose, duration, region, public benefit etc.). Please contact us with details of your uses.
  • Q: What will revenues from the licensing fees be used for?

    • The revenues will be deposited into a research fund of the museum and will be utilized for museum activities such as further digitalization of museum collections, conservation and maintenance of precious museum specimens, development of educational programs, and other museum and research operations.
  • Q: What will revenues from the licensing fees be used for?

    • For an inquiry about each specimen, please enter the MMC website and please click "Joint Research" button at the material data page. Please email to data[at] for other inquiries.


For inquiries for each data, please log in the MMC website and click a ”Joint Research" button of the material.