Preserving our cultural heritage is a very important task, one which possibilities have been greatly extended with technology advances in recent years. 3D scanning is definitely one of them: it’s never been easier and faster to obtain all the 3D models you need!
Archiving and Digital Curation
Digitizing pieces and artifacts in 3D has many benefits, including documenting and classifying them into catalogues, repositories and databases, precisely measuring or analyzing them, sharing them among the researcher community, etc. Paleontologists can use 3D models to correctly assemble the parts of a complex fossil, archeologists can scan artifacts on site and immediately send them for analysis.
3D digital preservation maintains these objects for future generations.
Art and Artifact Restoration
Art historians and curators are very familiar with the issue of artwork or artifacts being degraded over time. A 3D model can immediately show precisely where degradation occurred, which can be especially important for pieces exposed to the elements. Whether a sculpture missing some parts or an antique fountain needing to be brought back to its original luster, 3D scanning can speed up and simplify the restoration and conservation process.
3D Virtual Museum