In September 2013, with the museum’s permission and the financial support of Autodesk’s Reality Capture division, I spent a week working in the Skulpturhalle, taking 3D surveys of my choice of casts. I took hundreds of carefully staged photos of Venus and used Autodesk’s ReCap Photo photogrammetry software to process them into a high-quality 3D model.
This model of Venus de Milo is a modern artifact and direct descendent of the plaster cast tradition, which is poised for a 3D captured, 3D printed, digital renaissance. It is to my knowledge the first high-quality 3D survey of the Venus de Milo to be freely published, and I am pleased to be able to offer you direct access to its ancient, enigmatic, and graceful contours, which descend to us through an unbroken chain from antiquity — from the Greek island of Milos 2,100 years ago, to the Louvre, to the Skulpturhalle, through my camera lens, to you.
You can read more about my project, Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle, here.
…I’ve published my 3D surveys of Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. You can download the 3D print-ready files here and here. You’ll find more photos, background, and technical info there too.
…I showed the first-ever 3D prints of both Venus and Victory at the London and Paris 3D Printshows in November, and they got a great response. Here’s a video comparing museum visitors responding to the original Venus de Milo in the Louvre versus Printshow attendees interacting with my print in the Louvre expo hall. (Below.)
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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