Making museum replicas of hominid skulls

Nowadays, museums are increasingly ordering props and replicas for their exhibits. This approach allows you to expand the exhibit assortment, makes it more interesting. At the same time, not only replicas of ancient remains and fossils are widely used, but also recreated models for artistic sculptural groups. In the photo below is a sculpture of a child Homo floresiensis, recreated by the artists of the 'Lifelike' project.

Sculptural groups and recreated models allow museum visitors to immerse themselves in the ancient world and understand how it was arranged at that time. It is not surprising that such an approach again arouses interest in museums.

Museum replicas are a reliable way to protect the original

Modern technologies allow us to solve the problem of the limited number of exhibits in museums. The originals may be badly damaged or are not intended for permanent display to visitors. In this case, the creation of an exact copy of the exhibit comes to the rescue. Today, masters can create a copy of any size and complexity that repeats the surface and properties of the object as realistically as possible.

The process of creating a replica

The range of materials used to create a dummy is really very wide. Various types of modern plastic, silicone, polystyrene foam, PVC, and even paper, fabric, cardboard are used.

We will look at the process of creating museum replicas in our workshop using the example of creating replicas of hominid skulls.

All our models are printed on a 3D printer. For printing, we use PetG plastic - one of the most durable and high-quality. Finished products are light (the heaviest hominid skull we have weighs 600 grams) and strong enough. For printing, we use models scanned from real exhibits.

Next, the details of the skull are assembled manually. Our assortment includes various reconstructions: there are skulls without lower jaws, some have a jaw that is not removable due to the features of the 3D scan taken from the find, some have removable lower jaws.

Next, the skull is processed manually and prepared for painting. For painting, we use airbrushes, which allows us to achieve maximum similarity with the original. Finished products are covered with special means, which ensures their protection from external influences.

Among our works there are replicas presented in historical museums. In the photo below is a replica of the Cro-Magnon skull of our production, exhibited in the Italian Museum of Antiquities.

In addition, replicas of hominid skulls are widely used for educational purposes.

If you want to protect priceless exhibits from the forces of nature that are destructive to them or expand the range of exhibits on display, I hope our article will help you make the right decision.
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