Castiglia Museum in Saluzzo
A walk among ladies and knights
Client: Comune di Saluzzo (CN)
Reproduce the whole collection of the Museum of Chivalric Society.
Hybridisation of technologies and techniques for the capturing, modelling and production of over 400 museum finds.
The Museum of knightly culture gathers coins, books, friezes, capitals, busts, sarcophagi, small and large statues and scale building models in a single exhibition. Such artefacts, that are often not accessible, or kept in different locations, are now available simultaneously thanks to the combined use of digital technologies (3D scanning, modelling, printing) and traditional ones (CNC milling, laser engraving, etc.).
Reproducing an entire museum collection is equivalent to face a range of situations that requires a highly diversified approach.
The key aspect of the collection is the absence of the collection itself. Indeed, the Museum of Chivalric Society does not own physically the exposed finds. For this reason, it has been necessary to create hundreds of items from scratch, based on the actual artefact or archive information.
Coins, books, ornaments, capitals, busts, sarcophaguses, statues of both smaller and larger size, even buildings to be reproduced in scale. Each one with its own document bases, their more or less accessible findings, stored in different locations.
The multidisciplinary team of Protocube defined a very complex work-flow, which includes different kinds of operations to be performed, for instance data acquisition, 3D modelling and the reproduction of several kinds of items. The combination of technologies such as laser scanner acquisition and organic and hard surface modelling, allows to obtain digital models for the reproduction with 3D printings in high resolution and full colour.
The adoption of a hybrid work-flow also allowed to evaluate the use of “traditional” technologies such as CNC milling, used in cases where proved to have more advantages than additive technologies.
The reproduction of the collection of the Castiglia Museum in Saluzzo is the classic example of how expertise and experience in the field of 3D for Cultural Heritage offer the possibility to easier manage projects that are extremely complex.
The case study of the Castiglia Museum in Saluzzo was presented at many events dedicated to 3D for Cultural Heritage, both for informational and technical aspects, which have been subject of very thorough workshops.
As for the software used, during the implementation of this work, several solutions have been used, among which we can report Geomagics for the acquisition phases, Rhinoceros for the 3D modelling and Magics for the optimization and slicing of the 3D models to be printed.
The Museum of Chivalric Society can be found at Castello dei Marchesi in Saluzzo (CN).