3D scanning is increasingly becoming an essential tool in cultural heritage, think of large scale digitization of musuem collections, the application of 3D scans in interactive exhibitions or in order to print the objects and give your audience a tangible experience with archaeology and history. It is also a highly valuable tool when fragile and delicate artefacts are no longer suitable for public display: through scanning these objects can still be accessible.
It is a non-invasive technique: replicas can be made without contact and therefore potententially threatening the object. Perishable remains (such as bone or wooden objects) and fragile artefacts threathened by deterioration can now be 'saved' forever through digital preservation and conservation.
3D scans may form the basis for virtual restoration: it could happen that a fragmented object is too delicate or brittle to restore. 3D scanning and 3D modelling software make it possible to restore the artefact or even architecture virtually. The scans may also form the basis of a complete 3D reconstruction. The reconstruction will be scientifically sound and based on throrough research. To this end LOPD collaborates with partners such as the 4D Research Lab of the University of Amsterdam and Panoptes Heritage BV.
LOPD works with the NextEngine UltraHD laserscanner, which is suitable for rapid digitization of large collections and objects meant for interactive display. The NextEngine scanner scans objects up to 100cm (though larger than a shoebox does not go automated). For larger objects, architecture and onsite scanning or higher accuracy up to 45 micron LOPD works together with Panoptes Heritage BV.
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