We have been recreating historic artwork using a combination of our 3D scanning, 3D printing services and painting capabilities. Using our Creaform Handyscan 3D scanner, we scanned the surface of the bust to generate a 3D file. We then 3D printed it using our HP MJF in component parts - the bust was bigger than the build chamber. The scan accurately and quickly captured the details of the original sculpture - requiring only 2 hours from set up to completion. After a further 2 hours of post-processing, the file was ready to 3D print. We then joined the parts and painted the replica to achieve a bronze finish matching the original.
Digital technology also opens up opportunities for preservation, archiving and out-reach learning. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have recently scanned Sueno’s Stone, a complex 7.6 metre tall Medieval sculpture. Although protected from the weather by glass, the stone is now preserved in digital form. The scanned images also allow researchers to see details that have been worn down over the centuries. HES plan to scan all of the items in its care and to create 3D printed scale models, enabling school pupils to handle replicas and examine artefacts without having to travel.
Back to the present day. Contemporary Artists are increasingly benefiting from 3D scanning and 3D design and 3D printing. Whether it be traditional sculptors or digital artists, 3D technology has opened up new avenues of creative exploration and experimentation. We are currently working with Matthew Plummer Fernandez, Michael Eden and Paul Bonomini, for example. Many more creative opportunities are available now.
Please get in touch if you would like our input to your art or if you have a need for digitally capturing existing work.