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25 Mar 2019

3D-printed interactive castle model unveiled in National History Museum in Minsk

3D-printed interactive castle model unveiled in National History Museum in Minsk
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MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – A presentation of the unique interactive model of Krevo Castle took place in the National History Museum of Belarus. The model was created using 3D printing technology. It is a new project from the VKL3D series “Find yourself in the heart of history!”, BelTA has learned.

The museum in association with Polymedia Company presented a brand new approach to reconstructing specimens of architecture using an innovative model of Krevo Castle as an example. The VKL3D series creator and artist Akhrem Belabrovik and the scientific consultant Andrei Shulayev played a major role in the successful implementation of this project. The castle’s model was created using historical, archeological, and archive data.

“It is a replica of Krevo Castle on a 1:200 scale. It was created digitally and then 3D printed. It took about 180 hours to do it. Proper work made the plastic look like genuine stone, soil, and water. The Krevo Castle model is unique because it is interactive,” said Alexander Khramoi, Deputy Director of the National History Museum.

The model can be interacted with thanks to augmented reality technology. “Visitors will be able to take a tablet computer and see the castle anew. They will be able to take a closer look at every turret, walls, see what it was made of, see the knights inside it, see birds flying above it, see flaming torches at the castle’s entrance,” the deputy director said.

Alexander Khramoi added that it is a pilot project. In the future visitors will be able to see the evolution of the castle if the museum gets certain historic data. “We see the model as static but we will be able to see it eroding over the course of centuries. At least this castle lived through World War One and suffered greatly. It was here that the Union of Krewo was signed. This castle is rather interesting because every century it was involved in some political and military events. This is why we decided to do the project based on Krevo Castle. In the future we will endeavor to use a number of other technological novelties so that by the time the National History Museum moves into a new building, we would be able to offer all the world’s most popular interactive projects to visitors,” Alexander Khramoi said.

The interactive model of Krevo Castle will be demonstrated during the information and communication technologies forum TIBO 2019. It will be displayed in the Athletes’ Village during the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. It will also take part in the Belarusian Written Language Day in Slonim this year.

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