Designed to Shine: Custom Crates and Display With EinScan Pro HD

June 10, 2021

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“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.”

——Victor Hugo

Today we want to introduce to you Victor. Victor is remarkable. Victor is extraordinary. The Victor we introduce to you today is not Victor Hugo, but his above quote perfectly summarizes an exciting project the EinScan Pro HD has been up to lately.

In this video @Leerform explains how they are using the EinScan Pro HD multi-functional 3D scanner to create custom display and crating solutions. This video is published by courtesy of Leerform. For more information on their services visit: www.leerform.com .

Say Hello to Victor

Victor is a 4000 lbs white quartz crystal from Brazil. He is beautiful, mystical, also massive, asymmetrical and unbalanced. Leerform Team from New York City has used the EinScan Pro HD  to create a custom stand to fix Victor. Good. They also designed a beautiful display highlighting Victor´s outstanding features and a perfectly fitting transport crate. The way was paved for Victor to shine his beauty in a harmonious arrangement. Better.

Figure 1: Final Display of Victor

Leerform believes in preserving culture by protecting objects. Through collaboration, they provide creative solutions to the greater New York City arts community. They help clients connect with their audiences and audiences engage with art and artefacts. Their focus is serving museums, galleries, and individual artists by providing logistical and fabrication services for exhibits, travel, and storage. Leerform delivers comprehensive design and crating services from their fully equipped woodworking and metal fabrication facility in Brooklyn, including crates, travel frames, casework, pedestals, plinths, mounts, and armature. Additionally, they work closely with contractors, architects, and designers to build custom cabinetry, exhibit furniture, and architectural elements.

Figure 2: Leerform specialists working on the project

Leerform uses the EinScan Pro HD to capture high-resolution details and dimensional accuracy. Many museum objects present challenges for mount-making, displays, and custom crates. These challenges can be overcome with 3D scanning, an efficient and safe process that allows for less handling of an object than standard techniques. Scanning can be coupled with 3D printing, or CNC cutting, to make complex mounts, displays, and crate interiors simple, and can accommodate different materials and coatings suitable for unique object surfaces.

Figure 3: Scanning with EinScan Pro HD

Good. Better. EinScan Pro HD.

Creating an attractive display and durable custom crate for transportation specifically tailored for Victor required creativity and technology as amazing as he is.

The Leerform team achieved an outstanding design by using 3D scanning in two phases:

  1. Phase 1 Design of Victor´s Metal Mount
Phase 1 Design of Victor´s Metal Mount
  1. Phase 2 Design of Victor´s Display

Victor´s physical composition presents a host of challenges to overcome since scanners generally can´t pick up transparent, shiny or black surfaces. The Leerform team used an opaque, self-dissolving sublimating film to perfectly capture the unique shapes of Victor and his mount.

Because Victor is large enough it was possible to scan the crystal in sections, using marker reference points. The scan data files were then connected together in the EXScan Pro software with the help of mapping technology.

Figure 4: Applying markers on the sublimating film on Victor

Figure 5: Software aligned the scan data automatically together

For data economy, only the parts of Victor required to create the designs for his custom fabrications were scanned.

To design these items the scan files were imported into the Rhino Design Software. With a CNC machine the wood was then cut for Victor´s custom display and custom crate exactly fitting his specific contours. Now Victor is ready for safe travels and glorious presentations.

Figure 6: Import into 3D Modelling Software

Figure 7: Design the custom wood crate in Rhino Design Software

Figure 8: Cut the wood crate with CNC machine

Figure 9: Victor fitted perfectly onto the custom crate and ready for travel

“3D scanning enables us to fit materials to object contours we were not able to with traditional methods, additionally 3D scanning allows for ease of designing to an irregular object.”

 – Doug Young, Leerform