20140605211703!ThreedingLogoWe tend to perk up whenever we hear that Threeding and Artec 3D have teamed up for a new project. This generally means we are about to be taken to a faraway land, with the potential to visit ancient cities and the relics they left behind, which are in need of preservation via archiving. From projects meant to preserve artifacts dating as far back as ancient Greece, Rome, and Thrace to creating 3D scans of Eastern Orthodox religious artifacts, we have with great interest been following what is definitely a dynamic duo of companies making a big–and innovative–difference in museum archiving.

download (3)Now, Threeding has announced that they are again working with Artec regarding ancient Greek artifacts, as they add a collection to their online platform. This historical preservation project will entail the 3D digitization of unique ancient Greek artifacts, using Artec’s high-resolution Spider and Eva scanners, along with their Artec Studio software. Artec is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in the US and Russia as well. They are the leaders in the handheld 3D scanner industry and have been involved in multiple projects with Threeding. All of the scans for this project will be available on Threeding for 3D printing by their community.

“We’re  honored to once  again  be  the  3D  scanning  partner of  choice  for  Threeding’s  restoration projects,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “The capture of ancient relics is delicate work,  requiring  tools  that can  operate  quickly,  efficiently,  and  precisely.  Using  our lightweight  handheld  3D  scanners  and  advanced  software  platform,  Threeding has been able to add even more value to its impressive historical collection.”

Threeding will also be collaborating with Mr. Krasimir Todorov, a famous artist in his own right, and the inventor of ZN ART, who supported Threeding’s team throughout the restoration process. These artifacts are actually being scanned from part of a private collection (requested to remain undisclosed by the owner), and hundreds of artifacts will be made available. Many of the pieces are from different periods of history, and members will be able to download and print items like sculptures, busts, and more. This is a great way to experience ancient history, and Threeding even suggests the idea of 3D printing enough models to create your own small ‘home museum.’

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“Creating this collection of 3D printing models of Ancient Greek artifacts is a milestone for us,” commented  Cveta-Maria  Partaleva, co-founder  of  Threeding. “Although we  already had fantastic ancient artifacts in 3D printing format from our other museum projects, these relics have tremendous  meaning for  human  history  and  will  make  Threeding  a  desirable  partner of  all museums  and  collectors  who  are  looking to  present  their  artifacts in  a 3D  printing  friendly manner.”

Models such as Venus of Milos, the Head of Hygeia, the Head of Zeus, and more, are currently available for download. The collection is to be made available as a 3D object made of sheet material through ZN Art, ‘an original technology based on invention and computer hardware.’Untitled

“Soon a ZN  ART  portal will be opened,  which  will  enable  obtaining  ZNART  space  models (puzzles),” says Krasi Todorov, author of ZNART – Museum from Paper, a regional  history museum, and the  first of  its kind  that reveals ‘the  next  level of  human development  and  acquirement of  civilization  knowledge.’

“This is a new option for  systematic  space  training  and  modeling in  which  each  one of  us is an  author,” says Todorov. “Unlike  the ready 3D printed model, ZNART has a constructive system with content that allows  harmonious creation by the author – client of space objects made of sheet material with high quality.”

Threeding is now the largest  repository  for  3D  printable  historical artifacts.  After  the  successful  completion of  this  project,  there  will be  more  than  1000  museum objects available for sale in a 3D printing-friendly format, all to be found at their 3D printing marketplace which was founded in 2013 by a group of students from the  Bulgarian  National  Academy of  Art. They are the only marketplace of their kind, offering 3D printable models of historical artifacts.  Discuss this story in the Greek Artifact forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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