Artec 3D, a developer and manufacturer of professional-grade scanners, partners with Threeding.com, a 3D printing marketplace and community, in a reality-capture project to preserve artifacts at one of the largest Eastern European historical museums, the Historical Museum of Stara Zagora in Bulgaria.
After completion, the museum will receive royalties from the sales of the 3D models on Threeding’s marketplace, and also obtain free digital copies of all scanned exhibits to be used for scientific and educational projects.
The first phase of the project has been completed. Threeding used Artec’s high-resolution Spider and Eva scanners, in addition to its Artec Studio software, last month to capture ancient Greek, Roman and Thracian artifacts as well as Ethnography exhibits. Two additional scanning sessions are scheduled for September and October, in which Threeding will digitize artifacts from the prehistoric, Middle Ages and the modern history eras.
Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D says “Artec’s professional handheld scanners can capture even the most intricate artifacts with extreme precision and detail to create exact replicas, which, through efforts like this one, are becoming available to the masses.”
This partnership allows Threeding to add 3D printable models to its marketplace with new unique museum artifacts including sculptures, votive tablets, marble capitals, architecture details and more.
This endeavor follows the successful cooperation between Threeding and the National Museum of Military History and the Regional Historical Museums of Varna and Pernik.
As of now, Threeding.com has more than 500 museum objects available for sale in a 3D printing-friendly format, with printable models from the Historical Museum of Stara Zagora yet to come.