3Di Objects with Digital Afterlives


Some have erroneously described 3D laser scanning and 3D Digital photogrammetry as methods for 'preserving' objects both large and small; this is incorrect. These methods do however allowus to create accurate digital models which can be viewed on computers and the form of which can be replicate through 3D printing. I am interested in the concept of the 'Digital Afterlife' which can be given to an object through 3Di which allows anyone with access to the internet to examine closely objects which are otherwise innaccessible to the viewer. The concept of the digital afterlife relates mostly from archaeological material associated with burials which have been interpreted as objects placed with the dead for use in the Afterlife. This collection is much less specifically determined but is designed to provide objects a sort of universal access.