The use of the latest 3D printing technology creates new and exciting opportunities for the custodians of ancient buildings and their precious artefacts.
Imagine being able to ‘print’ duplicates of your most precious objects, and being able to leave them on display or hand them around to groups of school children as a live ‘Show and tell’ session, or being able to display, without fear of theft or damage, objects that have previously been relegated to a safe or bank vault. Visitors who are visually impaired can be handed copies of small or delicate items so that they can feel the shape, weight and finish.
The potential benefits that we can offer through 3D printing technology together with our combined skills in the conservation and repair of objects are almost limitless. In brief, the following applications of this technology will be of interest to curators, conservators and anyone who is responsible for enhancing the experience of visitors to historic properties.
- The ability to touch and experience printed replicas of precious objects – particularly important for learning groups and visually impaired visitors
- The ability to replicate collections that are unable to be displayed due to insurance conditions or risk of theft.
- The ability to replace missing pieces of damaged objects with a surrogate material so that they are able to be repaired and displayed.
- The ability to replicate items or parts of the building fabric that are away for repair and conservation without any impact on the building fabric or visitor experience.
- The ability to replicate items that are otherwise too costly to replace once damaged.
Please contact us to find out what we can do to give your visitors so much more than a view from behind a velvet rope.