The coolest thing about 3d laser scanning (there are many cool things) is that it is very accurate and the results of projects scanned are very high quality and leave no margin for error. Of course, errors are more common   when using old out-dated methods.

Let’s say you have a specific component that makes an object or item function. If this item were to break, due to wear and tear, you would need to re-order a new one to replace the old one. The part would have to be ordered from the original product manufacturers.  What if the original part has been updated and the drawings/blueprint for the old part has been scrapped. The outcome is that you would be pretty much stuck with a non-functioning item.

Technology today, allows the use of a laser scanner to capture detailed information of any object. The captured data is shown as a graphic rendered image on any connected computer. What this means for you is that any part that has been lost or blueprints destroyed can be effortlessly re-drawn by using information collected by a 3d scanner. Old, dated parts and components are re-created without any issues minus the help of the product manufacturer.

Does the name Cicilia Gimenez ring a bell? No? It would have helped if this woman read the news and kept up with today’s advancements in technology.

The lady in question, was and still is, a keen church-goer who viewed first hand, the famous masterpiece of Christ titled, “Ecco Homo,” which means, “behold the man.” The painting was flaking away and in need of restoration. The older women had the right motives, wanting to ensure that something was set into place and steps were taken to restore this masterpiece to its original state.

She botched the restoration by relying on her own artistic skills instead of laser scanning and three-dimensional printing which have been carried out on  Van Gogh  masterpieces. The amended version was disastrous, looking more like a monkey; you can be the judge as well, the image on the left is the original and the right her restoration. Poor Cicilia Gimenez, if only she had known about 3d scanning, results of this restoration would have been close to what they originally were.

This technology is becoming much more common in art restoration. It is better to stick with accurate technology, then to rely on your own artistic skills.

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