The 4D Research Lab (4DRL) serves scholars who conduct research into the material past1 in the faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. It provides a wide range of computing facilities, 3D scanners, and 3D modeling programmes, as well as technical expertise to assist researchers. Besides the use of 3D visualization as research tool, the 4D Research Lab can produce 3D models for presentation of research, either in professional contexts such as academic articles, or visualization for more general purposes. The 4D lab can also assist in the development of virtual and augmented reality apps used for the interactive exploration of the material past. Whether for dissemination to the general public, or for use within academic circles, all of our work is well-documented and scientifically rigorous.

Being based in an academic institute, the 4D lab has an important educational component. We supervise student projects such as tutorials and theses, and teach 3D recording and modelling techniques.


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If you are a scholar interested in hearing more about our services, or a student who wishes to be tutored, do not hesitate to contact us.



3D Scanners

Artec3D LEO - Structured Light

HDI Advance R3X - Structured Light

Leica P30 - Laser Scanner

Drone operating at Siegerswoude (NL)


DJI Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Matrice 210

DJI Matrice 300 RTK



Nikon D5300

AR400 Ring light

Cross Polarization Filters

DTM of the Muro Tenente defensive curcuit



Agisoft Metashape

Mozilla Hubs