Fabbaloo friend Cosmo Wenman, the fellow who produces incredibly detailed 3D models from scanned museum pieces, has released new sculptures. The two new releases are among the most famous statues in the world: the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace.
Wenman did not actually scan the actual pieces, but instead scanned highly accurate plaster casts presently exhibited at the Skulpturhalle in Basel, Switzerland. Wenman explained that this museum is ideal for obtaining 3D scan due to the acceptance by its management, the breadth of their collection and the fact that it’s “a pretty sleepy place” where you can take as much time as required to set up the numerous required photos.
Winged Victory is an astonishing piece. While the real sculpture is held in the Louvre in Paris, you can obtain your own copy by ordering one from Wenman’s Shapeways shop. Pricing is quite variable, as it depends on the material selected and size of the print. The least expensive is a USD$266 10″ plastic print, while if you happen to be in a spending mood you might choose the USD$22,512 25″ stainless steel version.
The Venus de Milo is also available from Wenman’s shop, but he has also released both 3D models on Thingiverse for you to download and print yourself. We’ve inspected the models and found it is indeed incredibly detailed. Wenman has obviously spent considerable effort to ensure these models are perfect.
Even better, Wenman has segmented the models into multiple easily-printed pieces. Print them, glue them together and you’ll soon have a large classical sculpture in your hands.
One warning: the incredibly detailed Winged Victory model includes almost 5M triangles; you’ll need a bit of horsepower to process it.