Chinese 3D printer and scanner manufacturer Shining 3D, well-known for its EinStart 3D printers, EinScan software, and 3D scanners, began an ambitious art preservation initiative last year, asking people to 3D scan museum art and artifacts to create an online database of art and other historically significant items.
Recently, the company heard from Professor Nan Yu, with the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, who used Shining 3D’s technology to, as the company put it, convey “the Chinese traditional culture of respecting teachers” in some very fascinating artwork.
Shining 3D’s Yuan Ruan told 3DPrint.com, “We recently received a very artistic case study of applying 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies into miniature artwork creation.”
Nan Yu led a team of sculpture majors from the institution in reproducing a historic scene from Chinese history – the appointment of Tso Tsung-Tang, one of four important ministers from the late Qing Dynasty, to the position of principal at Lujiang Academy. Every single figure in the vast miniature scene is precisely sculpted, and stands, perfectly staged in the scene, about 10 cm tall.
Nan Yu said in the case study, “The combination of art and 3D technology can make the abstract history representational, allowing more public to relive history, experience the traditional virtual of respecting teachers, and memorizing the historical people and events.”
The artistic process for the project began with the concept design, as Nan Yu drafted out the five historically accurate parts of the appointment scene with the help of ancient records. The five separate appointment scenes are as follows:
Once the design for the overall concept was completed, several team members then put on costumes and posed in the proper positions, as other members used Shining 3D’s handheld EinScan Pro 3D scanner to scan the life-size characters.
Then, Nan Yu and the team modified the 3D data collected by the EinScan Pro, and created the architecture for the five scenes using 3D data modeling. In addition, the team members combined all of the scanned characters into the proper scene.
Nan Yu and his team of sculptors used Shining 3D’s highly accurate iSLA 350 SLA 3D printing technology to fabricate all of the many characters, along with the architecture, from the f