‘Swiping’ ancient artifact with 3D scanner, Arts News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Arts News -BERLIN • Two German artists walked into the Neues Museum in central Berlin last October and used a mobile device to secretly scan the 48cm-tall bust of Queen Nefertiti, a limestone-and-stucco sculpture more than 3,000 years old that is one of Germany’s most visited attractions. They used the data to create copies of the bust and delivered them to Egypt.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Source: ‘Swiping’ ancient artefact with 3D scanner, Arts News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Well… and that’s the story that caught my interest today, three things immediately come to mind:

  1. Sensationalism over 3D scanning – a digital “copy” is still a copy, and the original’s integrity is quite intact – really, no story there.
  2. The Neferiti full color model has been around for ages, I’ve printed it myself several times on ZCorp/3D Systems color powder (sandstone) printers.
  3. I am completely familiar with both the Carmine IR sensor used in the Kinect v1.0, for which there is shareware software out there by the truckload for 3D scanning and… what it takes to repair the crap data that comes from it – and yes it must be tinkered with – considerably. Not to mention ballpark accuracy is about as good as it gets for the Kinect generation “3D scans”.

Much hyperbole here and not a whole lot for anyone to get excited about – I guess anything can be news these days…