Conservation 3D Scanning Considerations – Balancing Latest 3D Scanning Technology With Traditional Skills
Finding the right balance between using ‘New-Tech’ and ‘Traditional Skills’ is an important consideration for any conservation project manger. Many of the conservation professionals we talk to tend to prefer a traditional techniques approach. However, latest digital technology is increasingly delivering distinct advantages, which shouldn’t be ignored! Such advantages can often be cleverly dovetailed in with traditional techniques and skills in order to achieve the same end result, but in a fraction of the time and with guaranteed accuracy.
A quick example of this would be using 3D scanning (which is a none contact technology) to scan an ornate plaster moulding in order to produce a super accurate mould so that duplicates can be produced. The 3D scanning process is quick to perform and the mould can then be produced in hours using either 3D printing or CNC milling. Another example would be using 3D scanning to scan a high detail stone or wood carving. Again, the 3D form can be quickly acquired and the 3D data file used by a CNC milling specialist to produce an identical replica out of the same material.
There are many potential applications where Superscan3D can add value. However, these need to be approached on a consultative basis to ensure that the best overall solution is the one that is put in place. Hence, we regularly receive enquiries from; conservators, museums, fine art specialists, restorers etc, asking for advice on a particular project. 3D scanning technologies sometimes provide a highly appropriate solution with an amazing end result. However, sometimes we recommend a traditional skills approach because it is more appropriate. It really depends on each individual project, which of course has its own set of factors and challenges.
We always welcome any technical questions or enquiries and will endeavour to add value if we think we can.
Stuart Wright – Lead Consultant & Managing Director
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