3D Printed Model of Old Tixall Hall Tudor Bay Window

Tixall WindowWe are delighted to be able to post this image of our recently created 3D printed model of one of the bay windows from Old Tixall Hall in Staffordshire. We produced this model in collaboration with our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) “All Our Stories” community Heritage Partners the Haywood Society in the village of Great Haywood in Stafford-shire.  We’ve blogged about the history of this lost window before here, but this model is the final outcome of the work we have been doing for the Haywood Society on this UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project. We have combined several different 3D printing processes together to substantially improve upon the already high level of detail we have achieved in our previous 3D printed models. This means that very fine detail like the lead in the glazing and the iron glazing bars can be faithfully reproduced so giving a much more accurate and realistic representation of this bay window. The model itself is over 0.5 meters tall so is large by current 3D printing standards and like our other large models has been made in several parts which are then joined together. We have developed considerable specialist expertise in producing large 3D printed models like this and can produce larger models if required.  Also being directly produced from laser scan and 3D modelling data the model is very accurate – precisely mirroring the expert interpretation of the historical information provided by the Haywood society in creating the 3D digital model from which it was produced. This degree of fidelity gives confidence that the 3D printing process itself can be excluded as a potential source of error and allows us to focus on accurate 3D digital modelling. This model of the Tixall window demonstrates that 3D printing at De Montfort University can be used to directly produce museum and exhibition grade display material of the highest quality for use in heritage interpretation and display. Enjoy.

Tixall Window detail

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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