Undoubtedly, little by little 3D printing is showing how far it can go, every day more powerful machines are developed, with higher resolution, capable of manufacturing larger objects ... An example of what I say is in the work done by the company Custom Prototypes, based in Toronto, Canada, which has created a replica of the famous painting of Vincent Van Gogh 'The starry Night'.
According to the company has published, this replica is nothing more than a tribute to the great painter while showing the public the capacity that his people have today. 3D scanning and tidimensional printing technologies. As a preview, tell you that in order to create this replica, the Canadian company created a CAD file from a high-resolution image of the work of art.
Impressive replica of a Van Gogh painting created by 3D printing.
Once the company obtained the CAD file, from the use of specialized software such as Photoshop, SolidWorks y Materialize magics, the company's technicians were able to recreate the texture of the work in an STL file that was later printed in two parts with a 3D SLA printer. Once the painting was replicated, the company's engineers decided that it was time to create a frame that was also a replica of the painting where the artwork is presented.
So that the work of art had the same finish, instead of being presented in a unique tone, the company decided to hire the advice of a professional art restorer. Thanks to this in Custom Prototypes they used the old techniques of oil painting. Once the painting was painted, the experts applied aging processes to finish with a layer of varnish.