Russian museum brings bells to life with 3D technology


A museum in Russia has turned to technology to bring old bells back to life.

The Novosibirsk Bell Ringing Museum uses 3D technology to show visitors what the bells would look like when new.

The museum houses the oldest bell, which dates from 1817.

“We scanned 22 bells here as part of the project, and we scanned around 50 bells on those trips. Now we probably have around 100 3D copies of Siberian bells cast before the revolution,” said Aleksey Talashkin, deputy director from the Siberian Center of the ringing of bells. .

He traveled all over Russia to study bells, taking 3D scans to create casting molds that would produce the perfect replicas, sometimes up to the steeple rather than in a workshop.

“It is possible to repeat the exact chemical composition and shape of the bell, but we are not able to repeat all the casting processes from start to finish. [the way they were in the past]. First, we don’t have the ovens they used to melt with, ”said Viktor Vasilyev, head of the technical department of the Siberian Bell Ringing Center.

Bells have always played an important role in Russian life: in addition to religious purposes, they were used to signal fire, danger or climate change.

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