Historical Preservation

3D Scanning for Historical Preservation

3D Printing Ireland’s 3D laser scanning and modelling services collect remote measurements of historical locations and objects with extraordinary accuracy in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional methods.

The non-intrusive nature of our 3D laser scanners provides a hands-off means of cataloguing fragile and important historical sites and objects. Our handheld, portable 3D scanners use the latest cutting edge blue light technology to capture every tiny detail, at 0.05mm accuracy. Objects are scanned down to a fine resolution of 0.1mm, precisely capturing its physical shape without the need for intrusive tracking stickers.

The scan information of your object is recorded as cloud point data. We will then post-process and fuse this data into a usable polygon mesh model. This mesh is ready for import into 3D modelling and CAD software packages. The produced model can be directly used for 3D printing, animation and visualisation purposes.

Benefits of Laser Scanning for Historical Documentation

  • Elimination of costly return visits to the site.
  • More accurate, complete as-built surveys for retrofit design projects.
  • Minimized construction rework due to interferences.
  • Accurate measurements for in-field fabrication.
  • Reduced facility downtime due to fast, unobtrusive scene capture.
  • Minimal field assembly expedites data collection.
  • Non-contact leaves architecture untouched.
  • Safe way to measure buildings that are no longer structurally sound

3D Printing

Highly accurate replicas of scanned objects can be created using our professional, industrial grade 3D printers.  Artefacts can be reproduced in full colour with a beautiful sandstone finish, suitable for display purposes. Large objects can either be printed in sections or scaled to create a miniature.

We can also printed to a extremely high resolution of 16 microns on our Polyjet plastic printer. Though these print would have to be painted after printing if colour is requires, they are extremely robust parts that will hold up to much handling and dropping.

Applications of 3D Technology in a Museum Setting

Preservation. Forever preserve historical and priceless artefacts in a 3D digital format. An ideal backup version in case anything was ever happens to the original.
Increased Exhibition Capacity Allow greater access to artefacts which, because of space limitations or protective reasons, cannot be on display by creating a “virtual exhibition”.

Global Education. Give researchers and interested people from all over the world a way to study and experience a piece of cultural heritage in 360° high definition, even if they cannot physically visit the museum themselves.

Disability Access Vastly Improve the museum experience for the visually impaired by allowing them to physically handle and feel exact replicas of objects that are usually kept behind glass and are not accessible other than through sight
Interactive Engagement for Children. Enhance museum exhibits for younger children and school groups by including precise replicas of some of the most popular artefacts. Having the opportunity to hold and engage with a piece of history though the sense of touch, there is heightened level of involvement and understanding from the children.

Please contact us to enquire about historical preservation printing and scanning.

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