While 3D printing has been a boon, a catalyst, and the foundation for producing many enormous changes and innovations throughout the world, the progressive technology also serves great purpose in historical preservation, as well as allowing for the duplication of artifacts for use in digital archiving, studying, home and traveling exhibits, and true permanence in posterity.
In a project that is noble, necessary, and deals with the exotic locale of the Eastern Orthodox St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria, Threeding and Artec are putting their dual areas of expertise together.
While curating, preserving, and creating are all areas where Threeding works to inspire their users, the 3D printing service and marketplace is also taking on an extensive project in their home city. Founded in 2013 by a group of students from Bulgaria’s National Academy of Art, led by Tzveta-Maria Partaleva and Stan Partalev, the company is dedicated not only to offering an innovative marketplace, but they also have a commitment to taking on challenging and detailed historical projects such as their latest, partnering again with Artec.
Known as one of the globe’s leading manufacturers of professional 3D scanners, Artec has headquarters around the world. Now, these two very unique and specialized companies will take on an archival project in scanning and preserving a catalog of ancient artifacts at the cathedral, which is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in existence. It is 34,100 square feet in size, and the Neo-Byzantine style building is able to hold a capacity of 10,000 people.
The cathedral administration in charge of the valuable pieces will then receive the files to be used in educational programs–and even more exciting–some of the models will also be available at Threeding where users around the world can download and 3D print them.
These offerings will be in good company along with hundreds of other museum artifacts Threeding allows for sale, in a ready-to-print format at their marketplace. The entire project will be overseen and coordinated by Vesk Consult, a company often responsible for managing large collaborations like this which involve the digitization, restoration and conservation of historical artifacts.
“The digitalization of artifacts is and will continue to be extremely important for historical preservation,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “This time, the objects we are working to safeguard not only are historical, but also have religious significance.”
“Artec’s high-resolution, handheld scanners are the ideal tools for this effort, as their ability to capture details and textures with extreme precision will allow Threeding to accurately preserve and replicate these items for generations to come, without the risk of damaging them.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve reported on dynamic partnering in projects between Artec and Threeding, from preserving military history in scanning a catalogue of artifacts for the National Museum of History, also in Sofia, to their scanning project which resulted in Threeding’s offering nearly 40 3D printable anatomy models at their marketplace for both medical studies and public access.
“We are very excited about our project with St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral,” says Stan Partalev, a co-founder of Threeding. “Previously, we focused solely on museums exhibits but this time we are scanning historical objects that are still in use and have spiritual beauty.”
This project is special for both Artec and Threeding because it is indeed the first scanning and archival undertaking they’ve collaborated on, involving a religious organization. This expands their portfolio one step further as the two companies offer a great service–not only for posterity, but for educating many of us in the here and now regarding what is now a wide range of artifacts. Once this project is completed, Artec and Threeding plan to continue working together with the goal of creating the world’s largest collection of digitized and archived artifacts stored online.
Discuss your thoughts on this latest scanning and archival collaboration in the Artec & Threeding 3D Scan Religious Artifacts forum thread over at 3DPB.com.