3D Scanning And Reproduction of Paintings

Themes: Robotics

Early prototype

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We want to be able to make the ultimate reproduction of paintings, in order to be able to fully understand them and conserve their exact appearance.


A hybrid system with cameras, a projector and automated translation stages allow us to scan the planar surfaces with a very high resolution in full colour. 3D Printing then allows us to make near undistinguishable reproductions.


By exactly modelling the appearance of a painting, we learn exactly what makes a painting look the way it does, and we learn how the original master has done this. This allows us to make 3D printed reproductions that gives rise to the question: if we can make an undistinguishable reproduction, what is the value of the original?

Ir. Tim Zaman

Ir. W. Enkhuizen