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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and Palo Alto, CA. August 18, 2015 – Artec 3D, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional-grade scanners, and Threeding.com, a fast-growing 3D printing marketplace and community, today announce their newest reality-capture project to preserve artifacts at one of the largest Eastern European historical museums, the Historical Museum of Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. Once complete, the museum will receive royalties from the sales of the 3D models on Threeding’s marketplace, as well as obtain free digital copies of all scanned exhibits to be used for scientific and educational projects.
The first phase of the effort has been completed. Threeding used Artec’s high-resolution Spider and Eva scanners, in addition to its Artec Studio software, last month to capture ancient Greek, Roman and Thracian artifacts as well as Ethnography exhibits. Two additional scanning sessions are scheduled for September and October, where Threeding will digitize artifacts from the prehistoric, Middle Ages and the modern history eras.
“The ability to capture these artifacts in digital form and make them available via Threeding.com has given students and educators access to pieces of history previously unknown,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “Artec’s professional handheld scanners can capture even the most intricate artifacts with extreme precision and detail to create exact replicas, which, through efforts like this one, are becoming available to the masses.”
“It was a great honor and privilege to work with the Historical Museum of Stara Zagora,” said Stan Partalev, a co-founder of Threeding. “The museum is one of the best organized and well established organizations we have ever visited. Working with such an institution is another step forward in our aim to become the leading repository for 3D printable models of historical artifacts.”
This partnership allows Threeding to add to its marketplace of 3D printable models with new unique museum artifacts including sculptures, votive tablets, marble capitals, architecture details and more. This endeavor follows the successful cooperation between Threeding and the National Museum of Military History and the Regional Historical Museums of Varna and Pernik. As of now, there are more than 500 museum objects available for sale in a 3D printing-friendly format at Threeding.com, with printable models from the Historical Museum of Stara Zagora coming soon.
About Artec 3D
Artec 3D is a global market leader in the development and manufacture of professional 3D scanning hardware and software. Extremely fast and efficient, Artec 3D scanners are used by thousands of people all over the world. Artec’s mission is to unleash the 3D revolution, bringing 3D technologies to everyone, everywhere. For more information, visit www.Artec3D.com.
Threeding is a 3D printing marketplace and community for 3D printing models. The start-up was founded in 2013 by a group of students from the Bulgarian National Academy of Art, led by Tzveta-Maria Partaleva and Stan Partalev. Threeding is the only 3D printing marketplace that offers 3D printable models of historical artifacts. For more information, visit www.threeding.com.
About Stara Zagora Regional Museum of History
Stara Zagora Regional Museum of History was established in 1907 and it is one of the largest historical museums in Eastern Europe. The museum has about 100 000 units of movable cultural valuables from the Prehistory to modern times. Unique and of world significance are the following exhibits: Bone idol and a marble anthropomorphic figurine of V century BC.; helmet-mask, Sarmatian sword, golden necklace, lanterns, golden phial, glass phial with dancing woman, marble statuette group of Orpheus, votive tablet of the Thracian Horseman from the second century, glass container modulus, coins of Augusta Trayana, a stone slab of lioness with lion cub – Coat of Arms of Stara Zagora, copy of Paisius Istoriya Slavyanobolgarskaya from 1837, the seal of the Archaeological Society "Augusta Trayana" and others.
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