Napoleon's death mask came to the Engineering Machine Shop to be scanned. (Photo on left shows the mask in the scanner; photo on right shows mask sitting on the desk.) The mask is part of the "Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda" exhibit at the Old Capital Museum through 29 January 2013. Why scan the mask? To create a file that can be used by a 3D printer to create a copy of the mask. Kevin Chamberlin, who works at M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers, spent a day scanning the mask. He started doing a couple of low resolution scans, and once satisfied that the scan would capture the desired information, did a high-resolution scan. That took more than 3 hours. After reviewing the resulting file and finding the areas of the mask that did not scan completely, he re-scanned those areas. He will combine the area scans with the full mask scan to create a file that has complete information about the mask. Using M.C. Ginsberg's studio and high-resolution 3D printer, they will then produce a plastic/wax model of the mask that can then be cast in bronze using the lost wax method. The UI Museum of Art will get the copy of the mask for its collection.
About this project Mark Ginsberg commented, "M. C. Ginsberg continues to look for connections and partnerships to co-promote the advantages of interdisciplinary participation along with private partnerships, and is proud to support funding all the skills necessary for this project. M. C. Ginsberg looks forward to increasing its involvement in projects like this."
The photos below show the 3D scanner used, a low resolution test scan, the high resolution scan in progress, the scan nearly completed, and the mask out of the scanner waiting to return to the exhibit.