Tuesday, 27 November 2012

3D laser scanner brings a modern twist to ancient Egypt’s treasures

Visits to museums on rainy afternoons have just become a lot more interesting thanks to revolutionary technology that allows artefacts to be scanned and modelled in 3D and then studied from all angles in a way the original could never be. UCL’s Petrie Museum has benefited from a shared-use agreement between the university and Canadian firm Arius3D, which makes the colour laser scanners.

The six-year collaboration, negotiated by Dr Anna Clark, UCL Corporate Partnerships, is one of the university’s most enduring business relationships. The technology has attracted interest from a range of disciplines, from engineering to biomedicine, architecture to psychology. Arius3D has benefited from its association with a world-class university.

University College London

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