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Small World Vision GmbH
c/o TU Darmstadt
64287 Darmstadt, GERMANY
Small World Vision GmbH
c/o TU Darmstadt
Poststelle Botanischer Garten
Gebäude B2|03, Raum 2
64287 Darmstadt, GERMANY
Small World Vision GmbH
Registered location: Darmstadt
Registry court: Amtsgericht Darmstadt, HRB 103651
VAT ID: DE353314122
General Management: Sarah von Hagen, Dr. Sebastian Schmelzle, Marc-Simon Stutz
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We have put all our knowledge and expertise in a product you can buy. Our photogrammetric Macro 3D Scanner DISC3Dplus enables you to create digital twins of really small objects with really high precision. The resulting objects are meeting the state-of-the-art requirements for digital-twins in science, entertainment and cultural heritage.
Their beauty will blow your mind.
Optimized optical setups with different macro lenses
Quick-change illumination domes for a large size range of objects
Accurate colors due to the use of LEDs with a high CRI and color calibration
Planar back light source for a uniform background
Full enclosure for well-defined light conditions as well as dust and air draft protection
Automated sample positioning for omnidirectional imaging
Monolithic two-axis gimbal for accuracy and stability
Up to 40000 calibrated raw images taken from typically 400 poses
400 sharp true-color extended-depth-of-field (EDOF) images
Focus-Stacking: Razor sharp true color images
Calibration: True to perspective and scale
Photogrammetry: Omnidirectional imaging for reconstruction of 3D models
„The clear structure, the clear handling and above all an extremely friendly and fast support in all questions around the hard- and software make the insect scanner „DISC3D“ an excellent device for the representation and measurement of our numerous insect samples. ...“
„We see the DISC3D as a revolutionary solution that has been dreamed of in the entomological community for 20 years. We use the DISC3D for Digitization on Demand - that is, for requests from the scientific community, and worldwide. The requests are increasing as awareness of the DISC3D increases. ...“
„The DISC3D insect scanner has been in use in our company for several weeks and we are simply thrilled with the quality of the images. ... By obtaining true-to-original digitized specimens, a whole new level of conservation is achieved.“
„Our experiences with the device are consistently positive ... also and especially due to the exemplary support from Darmstadt! From our point of view DISC3D is definitely recommendable for the 3D digitization of small objects, ... and has considerable further innovation potential.“
Uniform indirect illumination of the samples to minimize reflections
Quick-change front lighting domes for objects between 2 and 56 mm
Highly homogenous planar light source, continuously dimmable
Magnetically attachable black velvet plate for dark image background
Allows for easy access to sample
Intuitive graphical user interface
Short training periods and fast scan start
Short scan times and brilliant images
Structured light scanners
Provide full 3D information
Omni- / mulitdirectional
Can be 3D printed as enlarged replicates, shared and made public or embedded in AR/VR
Can be used as synthetic training data for machine learning applications
Allow precise measurements of distances, areas, volumes and spatial coordinates
Whether you are a museum, a scientific institution, university or an expert in the media and entertainment industry. There is no need to own your own photogrammetric Macro 3D scanner. We are happy to offer you our experience and expertise in scanning really small and tiny objects.
Get in contact with us for a quote for your manageable amount of analog treasures you want to digitize.
Some specimens need to be treated before 3D scanning. We always discuss the measures to be taken with our customers and guarantee that the specimens are damaged as little as possible or not at all.
Preprocessing of scanning insects:
Careful fixation and drying
Realistic positioning of extremities
Mild specimen cleaning
Using the DISC3Dplus, we excell at making high quality scans from small and complex objects.
Photografic recording of all-sides
Over 300 focus-stacked images in 4K resolution
Specimen sizes in the mm to cm range
True-to-scale 3D reconstruction
Color calibrated textures
By default we will fine-tune all 3D models and textures.
Digital removal of pins and other mounting supports
Repair and refinement e.g. smoothing or mesh optimization
Texture improvements, e.g. brightness, saturation and contrast
Advanced modifications ranging from repositioning of extremities to assembling multiple scans, we will prepare the model to your specifications.
Merging multiple 3D models into one
Re-positioning of deformed structures or extremities
Other modifications to meshes
Creating images with full control of scenery for your print, digital and social media needs.
Creation of custom materials
3D scenery generation
Revive your specimens with movement in video clips or AR/VR.
Realistic motion animation
Audio & video editing
Reproduce small structures at a larger scale to highlight details that will not fail to amaze viewers and visitors.
Model optimization for 3D printing
3D printing in bio-degradable plastics and other materials
Single piece to small batch of colorized 3D printed models
For situations when spare parts are unobtainable we generate exact CAD data from 3D scans.
3D CAD data and technical drawings in common data formats
Failure analysis and part optimization
Sample manufacturing from our partners
You want to improve your handling of DISC3D/DISC3Dplus scanners or go deeper into the 3D scanning workflow? In our customized training courses we provide beginners and advanced users with knowledge around the scanning process, 3D reconstruction and the creative use of the results. If you are interested in specific topics, please contact us. We will be happy to tailor group workshops to your needs.
Training on and with DISC3D/DISC3Dplus 3D scanners for beginners and advanced users
3D reconstruction workshops using Agisoft Metashape (Professional) photogrammetry software, with tips and tricks for small and complex objects
Introductions in using the free and open-source 3D creation software Blender for image and animation rendering
3D scan and simple animation of a small and defective Swiss-made watch movement with 17 jewels. Although metal and high reflective surfaces can prove difficult to scan, even fine engravings and other details were reproduced.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 21,5 x 9 x 4,9 mm
Materials: brass, steel, enamel, ruby, gold
A combination of two 3D scans of a well preserved Roman Denar from 82 – 81 B.C. Made from silver with relatively low corrosion, the coin has a large area of reflective surfaces, but the embossing and other details were reproduced. The coin has been rotated in the sample holder and was scanned twice to make every part of the coin visible in the final merged 3D model.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 20 x 18 x 2 mm
We are a dynamic Startup from Darmstadt / Germany specializing in development, production and distribution of innovative automated 3D scanners for small, complex and colorful objects.
New logo, domain and website with 3D viewer, we made great efforts to reinvent ourselves. Long in the making and finally here – we like it!
As part of the Digital Technology Days 2022 in Berlin, Small World Vision was awarded the Gründungspreis+ of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection by the Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Kellner. Out of 208 submissions in the Gründerwettbewerb - Digitale Innovationen - the expert jury gave us special recognition as one of six outstanding German start-ups.
At the semi-finals of the HGP21, we set ourselves apart from the other competitors with our pitch and were able to move into the finals. In Frankfurt am Main, we were honored by Professor Lilia Waehlert, Vice Dean Wiesbaden & Frankfurt of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, as award winner of the Hessian Founders Award 2021. With hard work and determination we were able to prevail over 167 applications in total.
Our Startup was invited to exhibit at the HIK2021, this year a virtual congress revolving around the slogan "MUT - Machen. Unternehmergeist. Technologie." (transl.: "COURAGE - Doing. Spirit. Technology."). Between the presentations we introduced ourselves to the interested visitors and answered their questions.
For the coming year our team of young professionals Marc-Simon, Sarah and Sebastian are receiving sholarships to jumpstart development.
End of march 2021 our idea of the "Latest generation 3D scanner" was awarded 2nd place in the category Scientists at the TU Ideenwettbewerb. We were selected from 60 submitted ideas and invited to pitch at a final of the TOP 6 best ideas. With the prize money of 2000€ we financed our first virtual exhibition stand at the Start-up & Innovation Day 2022.
Formation of the founding team with a broad range of expertise. Dr. Sebastian Schmelzle, PD Dr. Michael Heethoff and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ströbel will be accompanied by Sarah von Hagen (M. Sc.) and Marc-Simon Stutz (B.Sc.).
Delivery of DISC3D prototypes to several pilot users (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologische Museum Kiel, Univ. Hamburg, Univ. Greifswald, Museum König Bonn, Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt).
Great response to the ZooKeys publication and inquiries about possibilities to buy a DISC3D. First applications of DISC3D for research projects, further improvements of hardware and software, several study projects and theses at TU Darmstadt and Hochschule Darmstadt for further development.
Publication of the basic principles in the ZooKeys magazine
Presentation of initial results at the Oldenburger 3D-Tage, relocation of development to the TU Darmstadt, extensive testing and software optimization consecutivly.
Beginnig development of the DISC3D and the software at the Hochschule Darmstadt, partly with participation of student project groups. First practical tests with insect specimens from the TU Darmstadt.