Just yesterday we posted about the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology beginning to scan and upload interactive 3D models of their artifacts for all to see. Today, we learn that things are starting to move even faster for the digitization of museum artifacts.
Threeding, a marketplace for digital 3D designs, which yesterday just launched a redesign of its entire website, informed 3DPrint.com that they have signed contracts with several museums to 3D scan and sell 3D printable copies of their artifacts.
“Our cooperation with the Archaeological Museum of the Black Sea city of Varna is particularly interesting,” Stan Partalev, founder of Threeding.com told 3DPrint.com this morning. “The city has been under the control of the kingdom of Thracians, Greeks, Romans, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgarians.”
Currently, there are 20 objects from the Varna Museum, but by next week they expect to add more than 100 more. In addition to this, there are 23 items currently available for purchase and printing from the Pernik Historical Museum.
“Our goal is to add at least 1,000 objects to our portfolio in the next two months,” Partalev said. “We are privileged to be based in one of the regions richest in historical artifacts, so we have a lot to scan.”
Still on Threeding, 40 to 50 antiques come from private collections. Currently, Threeding is also digitizing objects from other museums, including models from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia and the Hunters Museum. Located in Bulgaria, Threeding is currently negotiating with most Bulgarian museums as well as a few museums in Greece, to digitize and sell their artifacts.
So you might be wondering how they got these famous museums to agree to cooperate.
“We usually work with a very simple model; we scan 3D artifacts and pay royalties for every sale through the website,” Partalev told 3DPrint.com. “Additionally, we give away the digitized models free of charge for education and restoration purposes.”
This could be the start of something special, in the world of ancient history. Imagine all the schools that could have their own 3D printed museums for students to browse and research. It is almost impossible for students to travel all over the world to see these ancient pieces of history. However, if a replica could be printed on a 3D printer located in the school, the possibilities are endless.
Be sure to check out the redesigned Threeding.com site. Also check out all the photos of the scanning process that Stan Partalev was kind enough to share with us, in the Threeding thread on 3DPB.com
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