What is the process of digital sculpture enlargement?
First, the artist provides a maquette in either clay, wax, resin or even bronze.
The maquette is digitally scanned by the most appropriate scanning methods available. Once the digital data is in hand, it can be scaled to any size, even compensating for factors such as the shrinkage of the bronze.
The scaled 3D model is then broken down and sectioned into parts to get the most efficient use of the material chosen for the project. The most common materials are lightweight foams, ideal for carving or for adding a thin layer of clay, wax or plaster.
Once the parts are fully milled and detailed they are easily and accurately reassembled to form the enlarged armature or sculpture. This lightweight armature is then ready for the artist to finish detailing.