3D Scanning for Art, Sculpture and Foundry Applications

Over the last two decades Scansite 3D has completed hundreds of projects involving replicating, enlarging and reducing sculpture. Our projects have ranged from sculptor Robert Graham’s massive doors on Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles to small garden ornaments.

Some of the 3D services we provide:

  • 3D scanning: In our studio or at your facility. Our high resolution 3D scanning systems are portable.
  • 3D data editing: We provide the highest quality “watertight” files, ready for 3D printing or CNC milling.
  • 3D printing and CNC milling: We have many years of experience and can provide expert advice on the best solution for making your  copy, enlargement or reduction a physical reality.
Bronze statue, “Le Magnifique” by sculptor Bruce Wolfe in studio

3D Scanning for Bronze Casting

3D scanning is the optimum way to proceed from models and macquettes to “patterns” ready for bronze casting.

Once an object has been 3D scanned, it can be scaled to the final size and the data sent to a CNC mill or a 3D printer to create the pattern for casting.

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3D scanning a bronze copy of Michelangelo's "Bacchus" using a Breuckmann Stereoscan structured light 3D scanner

3D Scanning a Bronze Copy of Michelangelo’s “Bacchus” for Bronze Casting

Scansite 3D is engaged in a project to produce copies of original works by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi).

The originals, and copies of originals are being scanned at locations in the U. S. and Europe.  The process will involve historical research, 3D scanning, 3D data editing, 3D printing bronze casting and patinas.

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Night-time 3D scanning of the sculpture "Cranes", by sculptor Joanna Blake, using a Creaform Metrascan 3D scanner

3D Scanning for Legacy Documentation and Bronze Casting

In 2019 Scansite 3D traveled to Bladensburg, Maryland to assist in a project to document the work of the late sculptor Joanna Blake.

Four pieces were scanned.  Three involved outdoor night 3D scanning with scaffolding and portable electrical generators.

The client will use the edited 3D data for legacy documentation now – Bronze casting of replicas is planned.

Bronze Buddha being 3D scanned using a Breuckmann 8MP structured light 3D scanner

3D Scanning for Legacy Documentation

3D Scanning is commonly used for “legacy documentation” of precious objects.  Legacy scanning creates a record of the object from which a 3D print can be made.  In addition, this 3D data can be used by scholars to study the object.

Shown scanning the sculpture is a Breuckmann 8MP structured light 3D scanner.

Gallery of Scansite 3D’s Sculpture and Foundry Projects

Great bronze doors of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels catherdral in Los Angels by Robert Graham

Great Bronze Doors of the  Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angels.  Artist: Robert Graham.

Bronze casting of FDR at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. Artist: Robert Graham

Bronze casting of FDR at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. Artist: Robert Graham

Bronze casting of Charlie Parker by Robert Graham. 3D scanning by Scansite 3D

Bronze casting of Charlie Parker by Robert Graham. The sculpture is located next to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Visit the Current Exhibit (through January 12, 2020) of the work of Robert Graham at the Museum Of Latin American Art

Robert Graham Exhibit at the M. O. L. A. A.
Bronze sculpture at the Utah State Capitol by artists Eugene Daub, Robert Firmin, and Jonah Hendrickson

Bronze sculpture for the Utah State Capitol, created from 3D scan data.

3D scanning a statue of John Steinbeck at the John Steinbeck library in Salinas, California

3D scanning statue of John Steinbeck by artist Tom Fitzwater at the Steinbeck Library in Salinas, California.

Bronze sculptures by MARS-1 on the delivery truck at Burning Man 2015

The bronze sculptures by MARS-1 on the delivery truck at Burning Man 2015.