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3D Scanning Technology helps preserve Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit standard

Neil Armstrong's historic Apollo 11 spacesuit has been painstakingly restored by the Smithsonian Museum, with the help of 3D optical scanning and CT scanning. The restoration took place ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission launch and used technology unavailable when the Apollo 11 crew flew to the moon in July 1969. The spacesuits worn by Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Mike Collins have been kept at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC since their return, but time has taken its toll on the historic garments. The restoration work began in 2015, with the team beginning work on the gloves of the suit. X-ray images recorded the suit's condition and allowed the inner parts to be ...

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3D Scanning Saves Astronomical Time standard

From January to the end of October 2018, the Old Town Astronomical Clock in Prague underwent a restoration project. The goal of the restoration work was to give the watch its original look and original tuners of the 1960s. During the Second World War, the astronomical clock was hit by bullets and subsequent fire severely damaged the clock. After the war, the clock was repaired to be fully functional again. More contemporary approaches were used to fix the clock. As a result, the whole mechanism consisted of both historical and modern-day parts. After the renovation, this cultural and historical monument was to return to a state that was both functionally and visually reminiscent of its original version. The Czech Horological Society was ...

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3D Scanning the Past – The Smithsonian’s Digitization Program image

3D scanned model of artefacts from the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Institution comprises a collection of nineteen museums, nine research centres, and oneNational Zoo spread across the United States. The Smithsonian has a vast collection of objects, artefacts, and specimens—about 155 million in all. These objects include everything from insects to airplanes, an immense record of science, history, art, nature, and everything in between. The Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office is on a mission to capture these objects with 3D scanning. “The goal of our group is really to think about how we can use 3D measurement tools and 3D scanning tools to either solve a research problem or support access,” said Vincent Rossi, Senior 3D Program Officer with the Digitization Program Office. “We work with all nineteen museums and nine research ...

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10 ways 3D scanning and measurement can assist your projects image

We offer a range of accurate techniques that can deliver a true and accurate representation of your products, plant and equipment; through the use of 3D scanning and measurement. Digital Archiving– Could assist your industry project by producing 3D digital records for the conservation of all pre-digital objects, from past products to components of machinery. Rapid Prototyping also known as Rapid Manufacturing– This is a quick, reliable and cost-effective way of precise production. It is where a group of techniques are used to quickly put together a scale model of a part or object using CAD data. It can be used for engineering design, tool making, jigs and fixtures, turbines, aerospace, power generation, art and archaeology, consumer products, prototypes ...

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3D Scanning a Stegosaurus image

3D Scanning a Stegosaurus

(Adapted from original story in Triebold Paleontology, Inc. (TPI) mounts and restores fossil skeletons and provides casts of them to museums around the world. Its headquarters are home to a collection of casts and original specimens which are on exhibit at the company’s hands-on natural history museum, the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. TPI were looking to add a Stegosaurus to their collection – particularly the Stegosaurus at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Traditional casting wouldn’t work in this case, as the Stegosaurus is more than 26 feet long and over nine feet tall. This would still make for a do-able cast if the specimen could be taken apart, but that wasn’t possible. The dinosaur was mounted as a permanent installation in the 1990s, with ...

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US Navy Seabee Memorial 3D scanned image

US Navy Seabee Memorial

(Adapted from original story in US company, API, have conducted a 3D scan of a Navy monument in Virginia. The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association constructed the monument in 1970 to remember those who served in Naval Construction Battalions. The memorial is currently installed in the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Felix de Weldon, a famous sculptor, designed the dark brown marble memorial with bronze figures and a bronze back wall. Prior to his sculpting work, de Weldon enlisted in the US Navy during World War Two. The monument remains in good condition, but the 3D scan will mean a back-up statue is available should one ever be needed. It will also allow for the creation of mini replicas. Meanwhile, a local university wishes to 3D print a ...

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Scanning technology to give 2,500 year-old mummy a face lift image

Heritage Lottery Fund

Maidstone Museum is working with medical and scientific experts to reconstruct the face of a 2,500-year-old mummy as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project. The Kent Institute of Medicine and Science and Liverpool John Moores University will work with Maidstone Museum staff to conduct a CT scan of the mummy. This data will be used to create digital facial reconstructions that will help determine how Ta Kush, thought to have died at the age 14, looked during her lifetime. 3D printing will also be used to create a physical reconstruction of her face that can be handled by museum visitors. Ta Kush was brought to England in the 1820s and the last autopsy of her body was conducted by London’s British Museum in ...

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3D Scanning Ability Helps Bring History Back To Life image

Imperial War Museum

PES engineers played a key part in bringing history back to life in a gallery for the Imperial War Museum. The Museum were planning a new interactive display entitled ‘Extraordinary Heroes’, celebrating tales of heroic endeavour resulting in the awards of either the George Cross or Victoria Cross. One such story was that of PC Tony Gledhill GC who pursued and eventually apprehended a gang of armed robbers, including the infamous John McVicar, in South East London in the 1960’s. During the chase PC Gledhill’s 1962 Wolseley 6/110 Mk II police car was damaged and it was decided to include an accurate model of the car within the display. As the model would need to reflect the crash damage that had been ...

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Renaissance period statue restored with assistance from 3D scanning technology image

Renaissance period statue

3D scanning has played a key role in the restoration of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam.  Adam, a life-size marble statue carved by Tullio Lombardo during the Renaissance period, is a priceless artwork. It was made in the early 1490s but was badly damaged in 2002 in an accident at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York when the sculpture fell and was shattered into multiple pieces. The restoration process took 12-years to restore the figure to its former state. A key part of this was the use of 3D scanning to capture data of the broken pieces of the sculpture and plot a virtual reconstruction of the statue. The first step of the restoration was to digitize the broken fragments, which was achieved by ...

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Smithsonian 3D scanning Apollo 11 capsule image

Apollo 11 spacecraft

As most people know the Apollo 11 spacecraft took astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon in 1969. For the past 40 years or so the capsule has been displayed in a protective plastic case, within the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, USA. Now the Smithsonian has recently announced plans around 3D scanning Apollo 11 capsule in order to share it more widely with the future generations. This new digital approach will include making complete 3D scans of the interior and exterior, which will be used to develop a high quality digital tour of the spacecraft. This will allow people to experience the capsule from the comfort of home, and see what it would be like to sit in Armstrong’s command seat. The ...

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