The Frederic Remington Museum is dedicated to displaying, observing, and preserving the works of Frederic Remington. Most famous for his bronze sculptures of cowboys, American Indians, and U.S. Calvary, original Remington pieces are considered prized collector’s items.
The Frederic Remington Museum wanted to make the most detailed and accurate reproductions of Remington’s The Broncho Buster, capturing the original shape and nuance of the piece. These limited-edition replicas will be used to raise funds and awareness for the museum.
Aside from being highly valuable, Remington statues are known for their realism and intricate detail. Until now, almost all Remington replicas were created from scratch, merely an artist’s rendition or interpretation of the original piece. The museum sought to create nearly exact reproductions rather than close copies.
Rather than creating a mold and possibly damaging the art, the museum concluded that noncontact, 3-D scanning would be the safest and most accurate method of obtaining a digital copy of the The Broncho Buster for reproduction.
Konica Minolta was the museum’s third attempt at obtaining sufficiently accurate data for the project. The first two attempts failed because of the inability to provide the caliber of detail demanded by the Museum due to limitations with the equipment, or because white-light scanners require that a powder film be applied to the sculptures, which, on an original Remington bronze, is unacceptable.
The engineers from Konica Minolta Sensing’s 3-D scanning labs used the Range 7 3-D scanner to perform the noncontact, no-coating process required by the museum while capturing the finest details of Remington’s work.
The ability of the Range 7 to scan the polished, dark, and reflective surface of the Remington bronze without the use of a matte powder was critical to the success of this project. Using such preparation methods may have caused damage to the statue.
With the capability of achieving extraordinary precision, the scan data provided by Konica Minolta’s lab actually shed light on some finer detail not clearly visible on the dark patina of the statue itself. The image provided by the Range 7 scanner is the most accurate data possible. By easily combining multiple scans in the Range Viewer software in real time, and without having to apply markers, the 3-D scanning engineers were able to monitor the scan progress and ensure that no details were missed.
Since 3-D scanning with the Range 7 does not require any special lighting conditions, the project was carried out under normal, ambient lighting. The Remington Museum was so impressed with the scan data provided by the Range 7 that it now plans to use 3-D scanning again for future reproduction projects.
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