3D printing is one way for Autodesk customers to take a design that is captured inside the computer and release it — get it out into the real world via additive manufacturing. Scanning and photogrammetry (3D models from pictures) are two ways for Autodesk customers to capture something from the real world and get it into the computer. Once a customer has a 3D model, it can be visualized, analyzed, simulated, and modified. So it is quite thrilling to share information about our newest exhibit in the Autodesk Gallery at One Market.
As its name suggests, the Inside Explorer Table allows gallery visitors to view and inspect 3D models. With the ability to turn layers off and use cutting planes, visitors can not only see the outside but also what's inside. The table at One Market is loaded with models for:
- an Egyptian mummy,
- a flower,
- a honeybee,
- a virtual autopsy,
- a treated human body,
- a healthy human body, and
- a heart pump.
So what's behind the 3D mummy model included in this exhibit?
- Interactive Institute Swedish ICT // more
- Medelhavsmuseet Museum of Modern Antiquities // more
- Autodesk Product Manager Tatjana Dzambazova // more
- Autodesk ReCap // more
This new technology is putting ancient relics right at your fingertips. Now you can explore mummies and other 3D objects with the same tools that researchers and scientists use to make original discoveries. You can zoom in on details, such as carving marks on the sarcophagus. You can see inside, unwrap the mummy, peel off layers to reveal anatomy, and see any artifacts that were wrapped with the body. How cool is that?
The Interactive Institute Swedish ICT has developed the Inside Explorer Table, a state-of-the-art visualization tool for museums and science centers. The table combines the Institute's scanning and visualization techniques that use computer-processed X-rays to produce 'slices' of specific areas of the body with Autodesk Reality Capture solutions that add photo real 3D surfaces. The project aims to set a new standard for how museums make their collections more accessible to other museums, visitors, and researchers.
For a number of months Autodesk worked with the Medelhavsmuseet to 3D scan a 2,300 year old Mummy — Neswaiu (pronounced ness-VAI-yu). The Mummy is part of a soon-to-be-opened permanent Egyptian exhibition at the museum. Several techniques were used to digitally preserve the Mummy including CT scanning, laser scanning, and photogrammetry. While scanning the Mummy, several objects were discovered hidden within the linen bandages. One of these was a golden amulet in the shape of a falcon. The Falcon is associated with the god Horus who was worshipped at the time Neswaiu lived. Using a combination of 3D modeling and 3D printing technologies, as well as traditional metal casting, the amulet was recreated in its original material — gold. Turning off all of the layers and zooming in, you can see the amulets.
The large touch screen of the Inside Explorer Table is the perfect way to help the public explore and understand some of the most exciting discoveries around by letting them get their hands directly on them. A full color 3D print of the mummy's sarcophagus and one of the 3D printed gold amulet treasures will be coming to the gallery soon. These were only made possible because the CT scan captured objects that will never see the light of day.
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- Public Relations Manager, Sandra Gnos,
- Brand Creative Senior Writer, Mark Tricarico,
- Senior Exhibit Designer, Roddy Wykes, and
- Gallery Technical Specialist, Jeff Clayton,
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The gallery at One Market is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. Visit us.
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