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New 3D Scanning project at the CMSM

We recently received funding from the Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust to embark on a long-term exciting project to scan and make 3D renders of our Special Forces and SOE collection of artefacts.

Richard Wooldridge, chairman of the CMSM says “we are very excited about the financial help the Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust have given us. The scanning project is an important development in our evolution as a museum.”

“The ability to scan and then share artefacts that allow visitors to our online space to move around the images and get much more of an idea of them.  It also brings our collection to a worldwide audience, allows us to create virtual exhibitions and work with other museum collections.  It’s a really exciting time.”

Matthew (sitting at the PC) has been employed to manage the scanning. A number of staff and volunteers have received their basic training in scanning, and are now learning the methodology of scanning complex parts plus the difficult software side of things. It will take them a little time to get up to speed.

The iReal 2E 3D body scanner (2022) that the Combined Military Services Museum has chosen to use, maximizes the performance in depth of field, scanning area, algorithm, texture reproduction and detail capturing, specially designed for medium to large-sized objects and human body 3D scanning. Built-in infrared VCSEL structured light technology makes scanning an easy and comfortable experience. The ability of the scanner to capture dark or concealed materials and objects, makes scanning SAS and SOE equipment in the museum an interesting experience.

In the coming weeks we should start to see the first good 3D files. This will go towards our goal of creating a Virtual Special Forces Museum and open up the collection to a much wider global audience.  The scans will also allow us to work with a number of different industries to help them with authenticity and get access to items you only get to see behind glass or in 2D books.