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Arius 3d color laser scanning system - adaptation to field scanning constraints and reproduction improvements

The project will adapt, modify and extend the existing scanning system to meet the environment and business constraints discovered in beta testing performed at the national gallery of canada, as well as address shortcomings in the scan to print process.

Art preservation is often restricted by preservation from environmental damage. The ability to record art and heritage works allows art work to live once it has degraded to the point that it is stored in relative darkness to preserve the original. Art appreciation is also restricted by the public’s inability to travel to its location, often in distant museums. Many citizens of countries with national archives cannot travel to the cities exhibiting the art. Art reproduction offers a way to bridge these restrictive realities by provide a medium that is both transportable and environmentally resilient. Not only that, with advancements in technology and 3D printing, these masterpieces from our heritage can now be enjoyed in homes and businesses by availability of licensed and authorized recreations of the original work. Arius Technology has invented a scanning system that is capable of scanning the surface of a painting, measuring both colour and geometry at every point, accurately recreating every brushstroke of the artist. During 2015 the company has successfully developed and built a beta system that was used at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). This project was supported by NRC-IRAP, and was a resounding success. Not only did the original design exceed its expectations, the project produced 12 reproductions that will be launched to the market in October 2016. It has led to advanced discussions with other museums, including the Tate in London, UK. The success of the original project is documented by an interview with the head conservator of NGC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niKfyH5u3-g . The technical objective of this project is to now to adapt and enhance the system to meet the market requirements that have been discovered during the beta testing at NGC, and into a number of discussions with conservators at other museums in North America and Europe. In particular, museums are sensitive to masterpiece’s time off the gallery wall which impacts public viewing. A stated goal, particularly in the case of iconic paintings, is that the scanning be undertaken during times when the museum is closed. This would require scanning to be undertaken in approximately 10 hours, allowing 2 hours for removal and replacement. The project’s R&D efforts will focus on modifications to the system that significantly improves the scanning throughput. For example, 19 inch x 24.5 inch Iris by Van Gogh took 18 hours to scan. A second objective for the project is to improve the quality of the reproduction through enhancements in the scan to print process. This will involve collaboration with our 3D printing and project Eureka partner, Océ Technologies BV in Venlo, Netherlands. In particular, original works can have differing levels of varnish across the painting, or use differing gloss paints. The scan to print process should be capable of measuring and printing ‘gloss’ to produce a reproduction with gloss that is as close as possible to the original. The project will be led by Arius Technology who will own the IP property for the scanning system that is created by the project. The Arius team will complete the research and development related to modifications of all physical components including optics, electrical and physical components, as well as software processing of the scan data, known as the Data Processing Pipeline (DPP). Eureka participant Océ will execute the research associated with modifications to the Océ elevated printing technology, its 3D printing process including material engineering. Project IP created related to the printing will be funded and owned by Océ. All other IP will be owned by Arius Technology.
Acronym: 
A3D
Project ID: 
11 670
Start date: 
01-11-2016
Project Duration: 
12months
Project costs: 
410 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Digital Systems, Digital Representation
Market Area: 

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