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Castle Karlstein & Co. – an Innovative Modelling Project Combining CNC-Milling and 3D Printing Technologies

Castle Ziesar exhibition model with terrain
Artist doing the final touch-up
Castle Rheda exhibition model with terrain

Commissioner

  • Germanic National Museum Nuremberg

Project Content

In 2009/2010, we had the opportunity to realize an innovative modelling project commissioned by the Germanic National Museum Nuremberg. The special exhibition "The Myth of Castles" in 2010 displayed six large models of complete castles (Karlstein, Marburg, Heldburg, Rheda, Varenholz, Ziesar) built in our workshop, supported with computer animations (Marburg, Burg Eltz). 

For us, the "spacial" display doesn't stop on a virtual level. Our modelling departement builds real modeln using the latest CNC-milling technology and 3D printing. First, the complex 3D models are prepared on the computer and, for instance, textured according to the customer's desires.

The „3D printer“ works - very simplified - according to the same principle of a plotter, that draws with a pen moving on two axes. Instead of pens, the 3D printer "draws" the model three-dimensionally with plaster powder and a special "super glue", level by level. The surfaces are simultaneously coloured with a colour print head.

Project Pictures

Castle Karlstein, 3D visualization
Castle Karlstein, 3D visualization
Exhibition "The myth of Castles", Germanic National Museum Nuremberg, 2010
Exhibition "The myth of Castles", Germanic National Museum Nuremberg, 2010
Varenholz Castle - the exhibition model top view
Varenholz Castle - the exhibition model top view
Castle Karlstein, 3D visualization in detail
Castle Karlstein, 3D visualization in detail
Marburg Castle - the 3D architectural models
Marburg Castle - the 3D architectural models
Heldburg Castle - the 3D model at the exhibition
Heldburg Castle - the 3D model at the exhibition
Marburg Castle - from the digital- to the museum model
Marburg Castle - from the digital- to the museum model