In times of digital change, the use of 3D technologies has an increasing impact on the cultural sector. They offer a versatile application potential in the entire value chain, from digitization and via web-based visualization all the way to 3D printing.
In order to make existing collections accessible in 3D, Fraunhofer IGD develops new technologies for documentation and virtual reproduction of cultural assets. The focus is on automated procedures capturing objects in an efficient scanning process with micrometer precision. For the first time, the aspect of mass digitization in 3D is taken into account in order to meet the demand for user-friendly, fast, and economical 3D digitization. In addition, an object reproduction is given that is true to the original and of high quality, taking into account geometry, texture, and optical material properties.
Furthermore, Fraunhofer IGD develops 3D-centered annotation and classification systems in order to link 3D models to multimedia information and metadata. They have user-friendly and web-based surfaces, placing 3D models in the center of all interactions and run on any platform, from stationary to mobile devices.