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Volume Optimized Cutting and Polishing of Uncut "Rough" Gemstones

Cutting and polishing gemstones – a craft involving profound knowledge and a long standing tradition of turning precious raw material into unique pieces of jewelry. Using a modern three-dimensional scanning technology now allows for a much improved utilization of the raw gemstone to become the perfectly cut and polished precious stone. 


The New Life of an Old Radiator Mascot

Ford, Rolls Royce, Daimler and Benz – only a small selection of the illustrious names of the early beginnings of automotive manufacturing. Nowadays, car enthusiasts all over the world lovingly maintain and restore the few remaining classic cars, some of which are over 100 years old. Preserving the roadworthiness of these valuable antique cars however comes with a catch: Over the past years, it has become increasingly difficult to meet the demand for original fully functional spare parts.


Teeth and Bones of the European Sabre-Toothed Cat

The curved canine tooth serves as namesake — and its length of more than 10 cm indicates at the same time that you cannot compare the extinct European sabre-tooth cat with today‘s domestic cat: The bone and tooth remains found in Schöningen (Germany) belonged to a young animal with a shoulder height of approximately 1.1 meters and about 200 kilogramms weight. Nowadays, this physique corresponds to the body of a lion or a tiger!


The Gargoyles of the Freiburg Cathedral

The figure of speech „carved in stone“ implies eternal and indestructible, a fact which however does unfortunately not apply to the unique architectural decoration features of the Freiburg Cathedral in Germany. In fact, very real ravages of time are chipping away especially at the exterior masonry: Weathering and increasing air pollution are taking their toll on the variously shaped reliefs and sculptures, transforming the medieval building into an extensive continuous construction site. 


3D Scans of Countermarks on Coins to Retrace Roman Troop Movements

A handful of “asses” to trace historic events? The Archaeological Heritage Office of Saxony (Dresden, Germany) uses this innovative approach to study Roman copper coins (asses) to date sites of Roman troop activities between the rivers Rhine and Elbe.


The “Weary Heracles”

An extraordinary story lies behind a broken “Weary Heracles” statue made of marble whose lower and upper part have been in two geographically opposing parts of the world for decades. The objective of a 3D scanning project in 2005 was to digitally record both parts of the statue and to combine the respective 3D models on the computer. 


Digital Fingerprints of Paintings

State-of-the-art scanning technology meets world famous painting: Three-dimensional data constitutes the ideal basis for the documentation of delicate paintings and allows for far more detailed studies than using the original paintings. In contrast to the often very time consuming actual creation of a painting, the AICON SmartScan captures the artwork swiftly and easily, thereby ensuring the exact correspondence of the 3D coordinates with their colour information by simultaneously capturing the 3D data with their respective colour texture. 


3D White light scanning at the historical huts of Scott and Shackleton

KO21 is a long-term multidisciplinary study investigating, amongst other aspects, the effects of biological and non-biological deterioration on the Heroic Era huts of the two famous British polar explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on Ross Island.  


3D Data to Study the Linear B Tablets from the Palace of Nestor

The Linear B tablets from the Palace of Nestor at Pylos (Greece) are administrative documents from the Bronze Age Greek world and are considered the earliest known form of Greek. These clay tablets were accidently fired in a destructive fire at the end of the late Bronze Age; thus, preserving them in the archaeological record until discovered in the early 1900’s. However, being preserved in this manner resulted in many of the tablets being broken, if not shattered, and are currently in a fragile state. 


The Early Roots of Human Technology

When our earliest ancestors began breaking stone pebbles to create sharp cutting edges, our cultural development became inexorably linked with tool use. As a part of a Ph.D. research, a large sample of stone tools from archaeological sites across southern Kenya is scanned to 3D analyse how trade and exchange networks were formed among these cattle herders.


Scanning for the American-Mongolian "Deer Stone Project"

Long distances, extreme temperature differences and adventurous transport conditions: The “Deer Stone Project”, a cooperation of the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (Washington, USA) and Mongolian scientists, has presented exceptional challenges on mankind and technology alike. High-precision 3D scanning technology by AICON was put to the test by scanning carved stone monoliths dating back to the Bronze Age located in the province of Hovsgol Aimag in Nothern Mongolia.


The 3D Digitisation of the Hadrian's Temple

The Hadrian’s Temple, discovered in 1956 in Ephesus, Turkey, is undeniably one of the most significant historical monuments in the region. As far back as the summer of 1957, comprehensive restoration work had begun and was completed in 1958. Questions about the building’s chronology, function or reconstruction details, however, could never be conclusively answered. A special project, initiated by the Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI) and funded by the Austrian Science Fund, has set out to shed light on these unsolved aspects.


How can you integrate optical measurement technology into everyday work? What are the advantages of optical measuring systems? You get the answers in our case studies. 

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