Two artists covertly 3D scan the bust of queen Nefertiti and release the CAD file for free.
According to the pair, although the museum has scanned Nefertiti’s bust, it will not make the information public — a choice that increasingly seems backwards as more and more museums around the world are encouraging the public to access their collections, often through digitization projects. Notably, the British Museum has hosted a “scanathon” where visitors scanned objects on display with their smartphones to crowdsource the creation of a digital archive — an event that contrasts starkly with Al-Badri and Nelles’s covert deed.
We went ahead and downloaded the model to check it out. We’re amazed how much detailed is in the model! We imported into meshmesh, reduced the mesh and applied a hollow feature and opened up the top – we plan to make the bust into a planter 🙂
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