3D Scanning & Reverse Engineering Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker"
An early cast for Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” from his masterpiece “The Gates of Hell” had been owned by a family for many years, and was later sold for many millions at auction. Prior to sale, the owner wanted to have a 3D model of the statue for his own keepsake and possibly one day to recreate a lawful reproduction of the masterpiece. In the original bronze casting, a lead counterweight was installed into the back of this casting, in order to balance the weight of the frontward leaning masterpiece. By installing this weight, the sculpture was able to stand freely. However, in addition to providing our customer a 3D model for their own keepsake, we needed to figure out just how big this lead counterweight was.
We elected to use the MetraSCAN to get a detailed scan of the entire exterior of The Thinker. We also scanned some of the interior. Because of the way the piece was designed (forward leaning), they needed to design in a lead counterweight in the back. We scanned the weight and surrounding area to be able to estimate the size of the weight and the thickness of the casting. We then delivered 2 cleaned STL files. One file had a solid bottom, and the other had the interior features we scanned.