Scan the World Creates 3D Printable Ecosystem of Museum Artifacts using 3D Scanning

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Being hosted on Google Arts & Culture, the digital collection will feature artifacts from museums across the world

When 3D printing technologies do not help to recreate ancient artefacts for museums, it helps to create a digital collection that will last forever as Scan the World currently does for museums across the world.  This open source and virtual museum is driven by a community-built initiative whose mission is to share 3D printable sculpture and cultural artefacts using 3D scanning technologies.

The community will utilize an Artec Eva handheld scanner to 3D scan sculptures, artwork, and historical artifacts, producing an extensive ecosystem of free to view, share, download, and print digital cultural heritage via Google’s Art and Culture online community. In making culture accessible, communities are encouraged to share their stories and creations with the goal of bringing tangible heritage to the masses.

One of the first stops for the Scan the World team will be to digitize a prestigious collection at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg in 2022. With a library of hundreds of three-dimensional artifacts spanning 4,000 years of human history, Artec Eva will provide an optimal solution for making this collection accessible to the world, while Artec Studio 16’s photogrammetry tool will ensure the museum’s highlights are captured in full, true to life color detail.

Scan the World is thrilled to embark on this partnership with Artec 3D to share 3D printable heritage with the world,” said Jonathan Beck, Scan the World founder and manager. “By combining Scan the World’s strong community, storytelling, and object archival with Artec 3D’s industry-leading hardware, this is a very exciting time for the future of high-quality 3D scanned artifacts.”

The Artec Eva Powered with HD Mode

The Artec Eva professional, handheld 3D scanning solution captures objects of almost any kind, including those with black and shiny surfaces, making it perfect for historical artifacts, sculptures, and other types of art. Moreover, Artec 3D’s neural network-based HD Mode for Eva – enhanced by Artec Studio 16 – now allows reconstruction nearly 2x faster, and can capture a broad range of objects flawlessly and in detail.

Artec 3D has always been committed to keeping our technology at the forefront of the industry and providing applications that can be utilized around the world,” said Artyom Yukhin, Artec 3D president and CEO. “Today, we are delighted to make a bold step forward in building a heritage-focused digital community alongside Scan the World – capturing precious artifacts in high detail and making them accessible to all.”


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