In the museum sector, demand for a fast and economic 3D digitization technology for cultural heritage artifacts becomes increasingly important. Yet in contrast with the digital acquisition of cultural goods in 2D efficiently put into practice and widely-used today, 3D digitization is still connected with an enormous expenditure of time and money.
Behind this background, the modular scanning pipeline CultLab3D, which digitizes three-dimensional artifacts in 3D with millimeter accuracy in an automated process, is developed by the Competence Center Cultural Heritage Digitization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. For a photo-realistic rendering of the objects, their geometry, texture and optical material properties are incorporated. By automating the entire scanning process, the aspect of fast and efficient 3D mass digitization is implemented for the first time.
CultLab3D was recognized with the „2013 Digital Heritage International Congress and V-MUST.NET“ award for best technical exhibit at the “Digital Heritage 2013”. This conference is the biggest event on digital cultural heritage and is organized under the patronage of UNESCO.
CultLab3D also stands for the corresponding research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.