iMakr at the Royal Academy of Arts
From the 2nd to the 11th of September iMakr collaborated in a very prestigious project at the Royal Academy of Arts, celebrating photogrammetry in the 21st Century. Central to the exhibition and situated in the elegant Weston Rooms, was the highly impressive and unique 3D head scanner called the Veronica Choreographic Scanner owned and supplied by the Factum Foundation.
Veronica Choreographic Scanner
The remarkable process took place once a subject was incased in the central sphere of the scanner, lasting just 4 seconds, with 9 cameras capturing 96 high resolution images of the head from every angle, creating a complete map in very fine detail. At this point the iMakr team were on hand with a selection of state of the art printers to create 3D models from the digital files that were generated. The Raise3D N2 and the DeltaWASP 20x40 print a wide range of filaments, allowing for incredible detail and were used alongside the high quality MiiCraft 125 resin printer to create the impressive looking busts.
iMakr team members were available throughout the duration of the exhibition to talk through the process and answer all questions posed to them. Julien, one of our technicians reported the amazement on people’s faces as participants saw the 3D model of their bust gradually appear before their eyes with every intricate feature of their face replicated. Upon completion, the busts were displayed in the gallery space, which highlighted the potential of this technology as an art medium, whilst generating a feeling of pride and amusement for the participants.
Demand for this was huge, with bookings taken at least a month in advance, but the experience enjoyed by the lucky 600 people who took part was unforgettable. People commented that entering the Veronica Scanner felt a kin to participating in an Art performance, with the iMakr team able to bridge the digital and physical, by creating a lasting, tangible and bespoke 3D printed record of the experience.