Michelangelo’s David Gets a Digital Twin
3D Scanning a classic artwork
May 18, 2021
In the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture David made appearance. The David that went to Dubai wasn't the original marble artwork in Florence. Rather, it's a 3D-printed replica based on a digital scan.
The scanning was done with the hardware from Hexagon: an AICON StereoScan neo structured light scanner and a Leica Absolute Tracker with handheld scanner, according to the company's press release.
We present here a series of photos (courtesy of Hexagon) revealing the complicated 10-day scanning process to capture David's anatomy in high resolution.
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