The WMG at the University of Warwick in the UK is restoring a 2000-year-old Roman statue with high-resolution laser scanning and 3D Systems’ Stereolithography.
The history: The statue was discovered in the ancient ruins of Herculaneum, a town buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is thought to show a wounded Amazon warrior – and its painted hair and eyes were preserved by ash.
WMG researchers are now scanning, modeling and digitally recreating the statue. They chose a 3D Systems’ Stereolithography System to build a 3-D model of the head that reveals “the smallest detail.”
The goal is to provide archaeologists with “an otherwise impossible view of how the original statue may have looked.”