Cultlab 3D

Fraunhofer technology thrills Frankfurt museum

CultLab3D: Fraunhofer Forscher sichern Kulturerbe digital
(photo: Norbert Miguletz; © Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung)

CultLab3D, the world’s unique 3D scanning facility for cultural artifacts, was in operation inside the Medieval Room of the Frankfurt Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung from July 21th to 27th 2014. CultLab3D, developed by Fraunhofer IGD, is to revolutionize the needed 3D digitization of cultural artifacts. The artifacts, threatened by environmental influences and disasters, are secured in their current state of preservation and at the same time are made accessible to international research.

So far, this process has been very expensive and time-consuming. With CultLab3D, the Fraunhofer researchers are relying on the industrialization and automation of the entire 3D digitization process of artifacts by means of state-of-the-art scan and illumination techniques. The mobile digitization laboratory thus allows for the millions of existing artifacts to be scanned and archived in an industrial, cost-effective and fast manner.

CultLab3D at BMBF 2014 Digital Societies inaugural event

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has dedicated the year 2014 to the Digital Societies. The inaugural event was held February 19th. at the Berlin Museum for Communication under the auspices of the Federal Minister for Education and Research Prof. Wanka and assembled stakeholders from Industry, Politics and Economy. Fraunhofer IGD was prominently present with a live demonstration of CultLab3D.

Awarded exhibit

CultLab3D won the "2013 DigitalHeritage International Congress and V-MUST.NET" award for the best technology exhibit

CultLab3D is funded by the federal ministry for economics and technology and was presented for the first time at the Digital Heritage 2013 Conference (28 Oct. through 1 Nov. 2013) in Marseille under the patronage of UNESCO.

Cultlab3D on the Digital Heritage 2013

The first prototype of the CultLab3D digitization pipeline for small and medium-sized cultural heritage artifacts will be shown live at the Digital Heritage 2013 conference in Marseille, France from October 28th to November 01st., 2013.

Over 2000 participants and visitors from research, cultural institutions, industry and politics are expected at the world’s largest conference of its kind.