The sculpture from its beginning has shaped and has played a very important part in plastic arts. Always being influenced by a current of thought in time, this has left us many rewards and masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculpture, “The David”, or the bust of Nefertiti by the sculptor Thutmose.
Certainly all the artwork created by the earlier sculptors is magnificent and in our time, we want to be able to reproduce these famous sculptures and pieces of ancient art in order to give them a new use. This is where fine art giclée reproductions play a part in digital sculpture using CNCs.
This process starts with using a 3D scanner to take all the measurements and elements of these works of art. The 3D scanner uses laser points to measure the areas and details of the objects and later on transmitting that information to the computer.
Technology has changed and evolved in the past few years, so you can find a variety of 3D scanners in the market.
After scanning the work of art, the computer generates a render of the sculpture, which can then be modified and placed on different CNC machines in order to reproduce it. One of the common examples for 3D scanners and CNC machines applications are for restoration of classic art sculptures that have been worn over the years.
Also people usually reproduce certain sculptures to make fine art part of their daily basis. For example, several doors in China during the Ming dynasty are consider fine art, but the fact that now at days with 3D scanners and CNC routers you can replicated that type of work for your own house is just fascinating.
You can use CNC routers to generate a wooden sculptures, as we can see in the example. Also, another type of application that uses this technology is construction work and finishing for homes, buildings or offices.
For movies, photo-shoot sessions or advertisement in general, this process can be quite useful, replicating for example invaluable pieces of fine art for a set, like a prop or certain article that maybe the model or movie needs.
You also have the option of making these works of art in foam. ESP Muhendislik is one of the companies that creates foam cutting machines for labeling or creating 3D models for BTL or different types of applications starting from this material.