We were recently approached by sculptor, Poppy Field to 3D scan her life-size sculpture ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’. Poppy has been working on the project since late 2018 and it is intended to embody a 21st century ‘liberté’. The starting point being the phrase ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’ and its use in discourse surrounding the #metoo movement.
There of several 3d scanners that could be used for such a project, however in this case our technicians used a Kreon Ace measuring arm and Skyline laser scanner. There are also technologies out there that can capture this type of shape quicker, however the Kreon system is unbeatable when it comes to large volume, high resolution data capture. The laser scanner not only picks up all the details of the human form, but also the small indents and sculptors marks that are formed during the creative process. These unique signatures are often what makes a piece of art and therefore our Europac3d team will always endeavour to produce the best data achievable.
The Kreon Sykline laser scanner captures 600,000 point per second with a ‘paintbrush’ width of 200mm and is usually applied to accurately scan parts predominantly within the engineering field. In this case, the wide laser scanner rapidly captured the sculpture in around 1.5 hours and at a resolution of around 15 microns. The raw data set is initially captured as a ‘point cloud’ or millions of XYZ co-ordinate data points; it is then registered and converted into a 3D model in the form of a triangulated surface mesh or STL file.