Optical 3D sensing technologies are exploited for many applications in autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, and consumer products. However, existing techniques may suffer in certain challenging conditions, where scattering may occur due to particles. While the light in the visible and near IR spectrum is affected by scattering, long-wave IR (LWIR) tends to experience less scattering, especially when the particles are much smaller than the incident radiation. We propose and demonstrate the expansion of structured light scanning approaches into the LWIR spectrum using a thermal camera and black body radiation source. We then validate the results produced against ground truth scans from traditional structured light scanners. Additional means for projecting these scanning patterns are also discussed alongside potential drawbacks and challenges of this technique associated with future adoption.