Many will agree that there are many interesting things to be found in every museum. All the exhibits not only count for many years but also carry their own exceptional, unique stories. For these reasons, the exhibits are particularly sensitive to any external influences. That’s why the creation and digitization of relics have caused many inconveniences to museums, but modern 3D technology has effectively remedied this situation.

This time we are sharing the Jurbarkas Regional Museum, the National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum, and our project – the production of a copy of the sculpture of Veliuona Madonna. Veliuona Church of the Assumption of the St. Virgin Mary parish in 2021 will celebrate its 600th anniversary. On the occasion of the commemoration, it was wanted to bring this sculpture to Veliuona Church, but due to the requirements for storing the exhibits, this idea was not real. For this reason, it was decided to make a copy of the sculpture using 3D technology.

For this purpose was performed 3D scanning of the original sculpture. An extremely fast and accurate “Artec Eva” 3D scanner captured the whole sculpture with a 3D point accuracy of up to 0.1 mm. “Artec 3D” scanners are contactless and don’t have any negative impact on the museum’s exhibits during scanning. The scanned 3D model was used for 3D printing of the sculpture with large scale FDM technology 3D printer “Modix”. Due to the particularly large printing area, the sculpture was divided into just a few parts.

The printed sculpture was glued together and prepared for painting. This project will be continued by a careful painting process, reproducing the imitation of the wood surface. This method of production allows not only to realize unique ideas but also to do it especially quickly and accurately.

3D printing technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

3D printing material: PETG

Height (mm): 1100