3D Printed Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace are now available on Thingiverse. Users can download the copies for free and 3D print the sculptures.
Cosmo Wenman, a California artist, has scanned photos of famous works of art, including the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, from the Skulpturhalle Basel museum located in Basel, Switzerland.
In the past, art collectors could get copies of famous works in plaster. However, this process is no longer popular, but the popularity of the works has not declined. Wenman had the idea that 3D printing these works of art will make them accessible to everyone at an affordable cost.
He states his goal is to “share the scans and 3D printable files into the public domain, copyright-free, so that anyone, anywhere, can download, alter, adapt, or 3D print them for themselves.”
Wenman had started a Kickstarter campaign called “Through a Scanner, Skulpturhalle.” Although the campaign was not funded, it was by no means a failure. Wenman has continued on with his project with the help of Autodesk’s Reality Capture division. The museum opened its doors to Wenman in September, 2013, where he took a week to scan sculptures of his choice.
Wenman took hundreds of photographs of the sculptures and used Autodesk’s Recap Photo software to create highly detailed 3D models. Wenman uploaded the models to Thingiverse in December, where they have been downloaded nearly 17,000 times.
If you have your own 3D printer, you can download the pieces and print them for your home or if you don't own a 3D printer, you can order the Venus de Milo from WhiteClouds.