We all must have seen Ancient sculptures which depict battles, mythology, and rulers of the land known as Ancient Greece. We all must have admired the kind of details these sculptures have and must have secretly wanted something like it for you. Unfortunately these artists are not found any more and getting one of these detailed sculptures made for your self could be extremely expensive. But not anymore because Royal Academy of Arts London has setup a high resolution photogrammetry system which can capture near exact details of the face which can be then reproduced using high end 3d Printers.
Adam Lowe, who is the brain behind the scanner and also happens to be the founding director of the Factum Foundation notes that “for the first time, you get a sense of what you actually look like. Most people dislike being photographed because, whenever you see a photograph, you know you don’t look like that. It’s a bit like hearing a recording of your voice. These are portraits untouched by human hands.”
The scanning rig was originally developed for detailed for medical scans can take 96 Images within 4 seconds. These high resolution 360 degree images are then stitched together (More like the panorama images) and converted into 3d mesh or model. The results showcased by Royal Academy of Arts are so detailed that it could even shame some of the best sculptors of today.
Mr. Lowe further added “for the first time, you get a sense of what you actually look like. Most people dislike being photographed because, whenever you see a photograph, you know you don’t look like that. It’s a bit like hearing a recording of your voice. These are portraits untouched by human hands. The dream of the Greek sculptors in the past was to create a realism that went beyond subjective interpretation. Apart from the hair, which we’re still working on, I think we’re close.”
This photogrammetry scanning system eliminates the slow process used by the hand held scanners , scanning a still object was a task at hand with handheld scanner and if the scanning was to be done for a kid only god could save the scanner operator. The scanning rig can capture blemish, pore, wart and imperfection on the face, the scanned data can be used as an input for a lot of things, like a Plastic bust print, color sandstone print or a High resolution SLS Print.
I have to admit that this not the first scanning rig out there, as many companies which includes names like 3D Systems, Doom and others are already out there scanning people. But the unique shape of this scanning rig is what interests me more. So if you happen to be at London any time soon do not miss the opportunity to be scanned at Royal Academy of Arts.