3D technology to create Secord bust replicas

A scanner will create a 3D digital rendering of a bust of Laura Secord.

A scanner will create a 3D digital rendering of a bust of Laura Secord.

A bust of Laura Secord will soon be bathed in the eerie light of a three-dimensional digital scanner, capturing its every nuance and detail in a 3D shape file.

The resulting digital image of the bust can be used for visualization, 3D animation, and - perhaps most excitingly - for the creation of exact 3D replicas of the famous bust at virtually any scale, created using state-of-the-art 3D digital printers at The Generator at One in St. Catharines.

Digital image guru Tobias Wiegand of Morro Images will be on hand to co-ordinate the project.

Wiegand brings a wealth of experience in digital image creation to the initiative, drawing upon a wide portfolio of work in film, television, video games, and computer animation.

Moving into 3d printing is a natural evolution for him and his company.

The goal is to use the technology to create an archival image of the famous Secord bust, and to use the resulting detailed digital shapefile to produce scale replicas of the sculpture that are accurate down to the finest detail. These bust models will be produced in a limited edition of 200 for the Bicentennial, and sold to subscribers as a fundraiser by the Friends of Laura Secord, the group which conceived of and commissioned the project.

The scanning process will take place at the Niagara Historical Society Museum Wednesday, June 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., and is open to the public for the price of museum admission.

Orders for the limited edition bust replicas will also be taken that day, with proceeds going to the nonprofit Friends of Laura Secord to assist with its many projects and initiatives, as well as to the Niagara Historical Society Museum.


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