Six Reasons Why FROG3D® is Revolutionizing Sculptural Preservation

November 8th, 2018

Museums, galleries, and even private collectors are turning more and more to the use of FROG3D 3D CNC Technology to assist with the preservation of sculptural art collections. Here’s why:

  1. Non-Invasive 3D Imaging: When it comes to priceless antiques the less handling the better. Thanks to sophisticated portable 3D scanners, it is possible to scan a piece without touching or moving it. Provided that you are using a scanner specifically designed for sculptural image capture, the resulting scan will be an exact 3D digital version of the piece, right down to fine surface texture.
  1. Digital Manipulation/Study: Once you have a digital copy of a piece, it is possible to make a full study of the sculptural work, again without handling or moving the piece in any way. Using powerful 3D modeling software the image can be easily manipulated for assessment from every angle. Unlike the actual piece, this model is easy to rotate, zoom in on small details or send halfway around the world for a second opinion.
  1. Precise Restoration Fabrication: Having a 3D scan also vastly simplifies the actual restoration of a sculptural work. Let’s say for example that you are dealing with a newly discovered bronze sculpture of a horse from an ancient shipwreck. The statue is in fairly good condition but there is an irregularly shaped section missing from the neck. Using the digital scan it is possible to identify the exact dimensions of the hole and to automatically carve out the missing section on a 3D CNC router. An integrated 3D sculptural restoration system can even convert the 3D scan data into a mold prior to production, so that you can cast a bronze section to replace the missing area that is an exact fit.
  1. Display Replicas: If you have a 3D CNC sculptural replicating system you also have the technology to quickly and easily produce flawless replicas of artistic works for travel and display. Rather than expose original works to the dangers of travel or hands on display, it is possible to use a 3D CNC router to carve a perfect replication of a piece. Not only does this greatly lower the cost of traveling exhibits, it also allows for more creative and interactive displays, without the prohibitions of using priceless pieces of art.
  1. Building a Concrete Provenance: Unlike a photograph, a 3D scan of a piece preserves its exact likeness. When it comes to building a strong provenance for a piece, a 3D scan is the artistic equivalent of a fingerprint. 
  1. Restoration Insurance: Generating a digital file is also the best insurance there is against the damage or destruction of a sculptural work. Accidents happen, fires, floods or random incidents have consigned countless irreplaceable works of art to pile of rubble. Maintaining a digital collection means that you have the ability to produce an exact replica of a piece (or any section of a piece) should the original become damaged.

Food for thought!

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