Three-dimensional technologies digitize the resources of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

The curators of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, focusing on the most modern solutions, decided to check the possibilities offered by 3D scanning with structured light. The first item they chose to digitize was the beautiful figure of Jan III Sobieski, made of dark walnut wood. SMARTTECH3D, the company providing the service, used a device of its own production - MICRON3D color, with a resolution of 18 MPix. This scanner was created especially for the needs of the archaeological and museological industry, combining the high precision of mapping the form and the smallest details. What is characteristic for SMARTTECH scanners, is the unique feature of RGB color registration in high resolution.

The result of the measurement was a cloud of points containing information about the position of each individual point in space, and and about its color. After the cloud is automatically transformed into a triangle mesh, the employees of the Royal Castle Museum will have access to a faithful digital representation of the unique exhibit. The 3D model obtained this way can be used in many ways, including to popularize museum collections on the web, for virtual research, and even to create faithful copies, e.g. in the form of 3D printing.

Keeping up with the times, more and more museums use the latest achievements of 3D technology to digitize collections and build virtual museums. The constantly evolving science makes the implementation of this task easier and easier, and at the same time enables the documentation of monuments with unprecedented precision and accuracy. Modern devices not only simplify, but also improve the work of museologists and archivists. Growing social awareness in this matter additionally drives the trends of making monuments available in digital form. Structured light 3D scanning, which is gaining in popularity in the archaeological industry, provides accurate digital data in the form of 3D models. In addition, the non-contact measurement is safe even for delicate, painted monuments.

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