Bo Schembechler is without question a legend at the University of Michigan and his fight for improved heart health was honored recently with the unveiling of a statue made in his famous pose for the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. A local artist was commissioned to sculpt his likeness for the bronze statue but duplicates were needed to give as gifts for those who contributed to the center. Instead of recreating the sculpture many times using traditional methods, the University of Michigan 3D Lab scanned the life size wax sculpture of Bo and duplicated it using our Rapid Prototyping services in a material that can easily be used for bronze castings.
The scanning of Bo presented some unique challenges due to the size of the statue and the intricate details that needed to be preserved. At the time, our scanning software was limited to 32-bit and so each scanning session was limited to whatever could fit in 2GB of memory. This required us to scan the model in many pieces and stitch them together on the computer cleaning any holes along the way. Currently, our scanning software runs in 64-bit and can use more memory and run more efficiently than it’s predecessor.
A copy of the printed Bo model is on display at the University of Michigan 3D Lab.