At the Forge we offer the experience to use a 3D Printer, 3D Scanning, and the use of 3D pens.
3D printers utilize what’s known as “additive manufacturing”, which means that they create objects by starting with nothing and then adding material.
The printer takes a strand of plastic (filament), melts it, then deposits it on the print bed in a series of layers (slices) that stick together and form an object.
The extruder needs to be able to move in 3 dimensions relative to the bed, in order to print the cross section of each layer (X and Y axes) and to move up to the next layer (Z axis).
The Forge has developed a technique to scan a person’s head and shoulders and 3D print a bust of that person.
The Forge has also 3D scanned and 3D printed items and artefacts from the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, then painted the printed objects, for use as handling items for visitors to the museum.
The Forge has also recently acquired a CNC machine that can carve designs into wood, taking instructions from a computer program according to a 3D design developed in software like Easel. Like the 3D printer, it has a router that moves along an X, Y, and Z axis, only it has a drill bit and spins constantly when in use. It can carve not only wood but also aluminium, plastic, and other materials.
We have been using photos to create immersive tours of churches:
360 degree photography
Follow this link to view the church as a 3D Model. Swiping the Model enables you to view different elevations. The icons on the side bar allows a number of functions from measuring to providing a different view of this model.
To see video of model click here
Click here to view. View using a laptop or desktop.