The Institute of Classical Studies supports a range of 3D imaging, modelling and printing activities for research, training and public engagement. We have access to a range of 3D hardware and software both in the Classics Library, and through our close connections with the SAS MakerSpace and the Digital Humanities Research Hub.



  • Our 3D printer (a CraftBot 3 Wifi) lives in the Classics Library. (A sister printer, an Ultimaker 3 Extended, lives in the Institute of Historical Research.)
  • We have an Alienware Area51 PC with advanced graphics processor in the Library (not bookable via the desk; speak to Dr Bodard for access to this computer). This computer is able to process 3D files, e.g. to perform photogrammetry, several times faster than the regular PCs.
  • We also have several virtual reality (VR) headsets, several of which are portable units that enable you to use your smartphone as a VR device, but also including one HTC Vive System.
  • The computers in the Library’s electronic resources room have licenses for Agisoft Metashape, and are loaded with other 3D imaging and editing, modelling, and VR software.
  • Through our collaboration with the MakerSpace we also have access to more 3D printers, cameras and photography equipment, 3D-optimised computers, and a dedicated digitisation space.


Check the ICS Events list for training events

Other activities

  • The ICS Ehrenberg Collection and other rare holdings of the Classics Library are in the process of being 3D imaged and uploaded to the Sketchfab platform, thanks to Alicia Walsh of Recollection Heritage who set up and documented the process.
  • We have used 3D imaging or 3D printed objects as part of several public engagement events in the Institute and the School (e.g. ICS Ancient Magic; Living FrankensteinBeing Human 2017Clay, Marble and PixelsIris Festival of Imagined WorldsICS Monsters).
  • 3D printed objects have been part of exhibits and displays at the Classics Library, Senate House Library, and elsewhere.
  • We are able to offer consultancy and advice, from PhD proposals to funding applications.
  • We are very keen to collaborate in joint research projects with scholars or heritage professionals worldwide. 
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If you are interested in training, consultancy, collaborating on a research project, or any other involvement with the ICS 3D activities, please get in touch with For information about the Ehrenberg Collection, the electronic resources room, or the Classics Library's other resources, contact