Geomagic 3D Reverse Engineering Technology and Post-Production Software Helps Archaeologists Recreate Ancient Artifacts

Geomagic 3D Reverse Engineering Technology and Post-Production Software Helps Archaeologists Recreate Ancient Artifacts

Geomagic’s flagship 3D reverse engineering and inspection products – Geomagic Studio, Geomagic Qualify and Geomagic Wrap – are used by industrial customers worldwide to turn 3D scan data into usable 3D data that shortens time to market, ensures quality and safety, reduces physical inventory, and enables mass customization are currently offered by Proto3000.

Using Geomagic’s reverse engineering, inspection and post production software, archaeologists have picked up the pieces of an ancient ruin. 

On the walls of central Italy’s ancient Samnite, terracotta fragments are the only remains of what has been described as “artistically and architecturally impressive”, but no one knew for sure. 

That’s because there are over 300 fragments removed from the site, which has been under excavation in central Italy since 1999. Today, using Geomagic’s industry leading software, they are trying to assemble the puzzle together one piece at a time.

Each individual piece has or will be scanned and will be assembled on a computer using Geomagic Studio.

“This is the first phase of a larger research project that has two main goals: One, to reconstruct a prototype of the plaque’s original mold; and two, to describe quantitatively the variability of the relative sizes of the fragments,” Susan Kane of Susan Kane of Oberlin College in Ohio and Edward Bispham of Oxford University  says. “Both these goals will help to understand the ancient manufacturing processes by which these tiles were made.”

Without 3D laser scanners and this reverse engineering software, such an extravagant excavation would not be possible.

“Imagine creating a hundred different jigsaw puzzles from a single image, cutting the pieces in different sizes and shapes for each puzzle,” Kane says. “Each section of the image is now represented in different pieces for each puzzle, each piece covering a slightly different area of the original image. Now imagine that the puzzles are made from images that vary in size. Randomly select a few pieces from each puzzle and try to reconstruct the underlying image from them. You can’t do this simply by fitting the pieces together; you have to fit the image together by overlaying image segments (using Geomagic).”

Proto3000, a 3D engineering solutions firm offers Geomagic’s and other post production/reverse engineering products. Reverse engineering has revolutionized many industries, including archaeological studies.

“Working backwards with this experimental archaeology approach, we expect to learn about the technology that was needed and used in the second century B.C.,” Kane says. “It’s our initial foray into (3D) scanning technology. Before this, we measured archaeological artifacts with calipers. This technology has opened up entirely new lines of investigation.”




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