STAX3D President Gives Lecture on 3D Printing, Scanning in Archaeology

Feb 17 2019 by staxadmin

Pueblo Grande Museum in partnership with Arizona SciTech is hosting a free lecture series called Technology in Archaeology: LASERS (Link. Archaeology, Science, Entertainment. Research. Scholarship.) every Friday in February. On February 15th, 2019, Alisa Yocum, President and Co-founder of STAX3D was the featured speaker during the 45-minute lunch-time lecture to share about how technology is used in archaeology practice and research.
Suite of 3D scanners available at STAX3D
As a full-service 3D technology company based in Gilbert, STAX3D is working to enhance museum exhibits by demonstrating how 3D printing objects can help researchers and preservationists. In 2017, STAX3D collaborated with the museum to bring to life an exhibit called Fragments. Visitors are invited to see how 3D-printed replica pottery shreds helped archaeologists piece together new ideas about the Hohokam.
Alisa Yocum giving a lecture at Pueblo Grande Museum
Alisa shared the story of how being an artist herself inspired the birth of STAX3D. She was attempting to ship one of her clay sculptures from Europe to the US and unfortunately, it broke during the process, inspiring her to find a way to transport and share her artwork in a different way. The Fourth Industrial Revolution allows her to do just that through 3D technologies.
Woman using Artec Eva to scan mummy in an archaeology lab.

Several examples of technology and archaeology were discussed such as the reconstruction of the face of Egytian Queen Nerfertiti. In fact, the very same scanner that the STAX3D team had used in the Fragments exhibit was used to recreate the 3,400-year old queen.

Discussing 3D scanning used to reconstruct mummy's face.
After the lecture, technical lead Michael Andrew demo-ed the technology STAX3D used to create artifact replicas for Pueblo Grande Museum: the Artec Spider Scanner. Attendees saw the Artec scanner's ability to render complex geometry and the 3D rendering being created in real-time.
Real-time 3D rendering software used with the Artec Spider.
3D printed replica of ancient artifact.

This AZ Scitech Festival lecture series is sponsored in part by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society, the Arizona Archaeological Council, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.
Celebrate 19th annual Ancient Technology Day at Pueblo Grande Museum on March 9th from 9am to 3pm.