3D Scanning Anzac War Memorial – Bronze Statues
Artist Julie Squires was commissioned by Orange Council to complete a Bronze cenotaph for the WW1 Centenary.
Many projects are bound by time and this one was no different. Normally one sculpture of this size and detail would take sculptor Julie up to 6 months but there were two sculptures and the bronzing process is incredibly time-consuming. Not to mention installation of the sculptures also needed to be considered. The sculpture also needed to be both realistic and technically correct.
To ensure the project met the time requirements Sculptor Julie Squires called upon the team once more. The artist required two (2) full-body scans in military uniforms. Under the guidance of the WW1 Heritage Specialist all uniforms were vetoed prior to scanning to meet the technical requirements – this included the belt, buckles shoelaces, and even backpacks. The heroes were scanned with the portable handheld 3D Scanner however to capture the detail of the weapons and other items the team used the high resolution scanner and later digitally combined the data.
All data was processed inhouse by the Wysiwyg 3D engineers ready for machining and hand-finishing by the artist. Traditional foundry methods completed the bronzing process.
By replacing the labour-intensive roughing out and scaling process with 3D Scanning and CNC machining, Julie was able to meet the deadline of Anzac Day. Julie was able to complete both sculptures shaving months off the timeline a. The artistic and highly skilled finishing remained with the artist which resulted in realistic and authentic looking sculptures.
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