„3D technologies for Archeology and Museology” – conference summary

Digitization, Virtual Research, Perpetual Archiving and VR/AR technology – these are just some of the topics discussed at the conference “3D technologies for Archaeology and Museology” organized by Canon, SMARTTECH, Digital Center and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University.

The conference took place on 17 May at the Warsaw Information Center of Social 3d scanningSciences. After the opening ceremony, experts from SMARTTECH introduced participants to the subject of 3D Visualization and Perpetual Archiving. Mr. Marcin Lewandowski from SMARTTECH discussed the issue of Virtual Objects research on particular examples. Later, Mrs. Agata Pietrzak introduced participants to the 3D scanning technology and SMARTTECH devices designed for the museum and archaeological industry.

3d scanning3D printing technology has been discussed by Mr. Jacek Korzeniewski from Canon. The CJP printing devices allow to accurately 3D print copies of artifacts in unlimited quantities! As CJP technology is very precise, copies printed in this way will be so accurate that even delicate scratches will be reflected. Precious manuscripts or revered centuries-old books require a completely different approach. 3D flatbed scanners were presented by Mrs. Beata Resler from Digital Center, bringing conference participants to the world of digitized texts.

VR and AR technologies are also part of the digitized world. Mr. Paweł Waligóra3d scanning from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University presented to the participants perspective of virtual tour around digitized museums. As we all know, only few exhibits can be touched in museum, but by using VR technology, visitors have the opportunity to turn each artifact in their hands and look at all the details. If there are no goggles around, just the simplest tablet is enough to demonstrate desired artifact through AR technology.

At the end of this part of the conference, Mr. Wojciech Jopek from BioEngineering talked about application of 3D technology in medicine, specifically in the making of prostheses. One of the features of 3D innovation is the reduction of prototyping and manufacturing costs, which, with such expensive things as prostheses, not only reduces the adjustment time from three weeks to three days, but also significantly reduces the cost of the entire production process.

3d scanningAfter a lunch break, during which guests exchanged their views and reflections on the technologies they saw, invited archaeologists demonstrated to conference participants how they use the latest innovations in their own work. Mrs. Marta Bura, a technology specialist at the Department of History (University of Warsaw), told about the 3D scanning of Roman bronze vessels. Analysis of historical materials from the stone age was presented by Ms. Katarzyna Skiba.

The use of 3D technology was also presented by Mr. Andrzej Gołembnik in the presentation 3d scanning“When measurement became an image – the methodological basis of Modern Archeology”. Mr. Gołembnik uses 3D scanners to precisely reproduce the entire environment around the excavation, which not only improves the precision of the research itself, but also makes great visualization, especially useful for obtaining sponsors. At the end of the conference, guests had an opportunity to visit digitization labs of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, while Adam Rajch from SMARTTECH presented the process of 3D digitization.

The conference is a continuation of the cycle launched in March this year by Canon and SMARTTECH at a similar industry dedicated initiative. Conference partners already guarantee that this was not the last conference organized by SMARTTECH, Canon, Digital Center and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, suggesting that future editions would be coming soon.

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