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RMSC 3D Animation Project

Overview

In 2012, the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) received a grant from the Farash Foundation to digitize some of its arts and cultural collections. This initiative was very different from other collections photography projects. Using special equipment and software, we shot over 100 photos of each object and then combined the images together to create 3D facsimiles. The results — animations that can be rotated, flipped, and magnified — are almost as good as holding the objects in your own hand!

Project Details

Four interns worked with Collections Department staff on the project. We used special software, an automated turntable, and a digital SLR camera on an angled arm to photograph over 200 objects.

First, we placed objects on a turntable and used the same color background and foreground to create the illusion that the objects were floating in space. After inputting our photographic settings on the computer, the software took control of the photography.

The turntable moved each object 360 degrees on a horizontal axis while the camera took one picture at each position (up to 24 positions). We manually moved the camera arm after each complete rotation to photograph the object from 6 different angles on a vertical axis. At each vertical position, the camera shot another set of images while the turntable rotated. Once an object was photographed at each angle, we used the software to stitch all 100 plus images together.

The resulting animations use technology to simulate the same effect as examining an object in your own hands. Some animations show the entire top and bottom of an object, and others are limited to the top hemisphere if the object was too fragile to photograph upside down.

Impact

With 1.2 million objects in the RMSC Collection, it would be impossible to display all of our collections at once. Moreover, some objects are too vulnerable — to temperature, humidity, and/or light conditions — to display at all. With funding from the Farash Foundation, the RMSC is making 3D facsimiles of objects available to the public for virtual access anytime, anywhere, without risk of damage to the artifacts.

For more information about the RMSC 3D Animation Project please contact:

Kathryn Murano
Registrar

Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14607
Tel: 585-271-4552 x329
Fax: 585-271-0492
kathryn_murano@rmsc.org

Animations

Experience these objects firsthand! Click on an object and rotate, drag, flip, and magnify the 3D animation using your mouse and the tools in your browser window.

2005.5.1 - Vending machine 2005.5.1 - Vending machine
For gum. Made by Pulver Brothers.
2007.16.2 - Telephone 2007.16.2 - Telephone
Silver candlestick telephone c. 1904.
2009.10.1 - Microscope 2009.10.1 - Microscope
Bausch & Lomb monocular microscope made of lacquered steel with brass fittings.
2009.10.2 - Microscope 2009.10.2 - Microscope
Bausch & Lomb binocular microscope, electric. Black metal body and stage.
2012.1.5 - Pen stand 2012.1.5 - Pen stand
Wooden rectangular base with instructions on bottom to repair.
2012.7.1 - Check embosser (Protectograph) 2012.7.1 - Check embosser (Protectograph)
Green felt bottom, black body, grey metal components. Made by Todd Protectograph Company. .
26.28.45 - Exploded compass 26.28.45 - Exploded compass
Wood plate with compass parts attached and Taylor instruments plaque. Made by Taylor Instrument Companies.
27.26.1 - Flask 27.26.1 - Flask
Whiskey flask designed to look like a book in yellow, brown and green colors.
29.13 - Selden "Road Engine" court model 29.13 - Selden "Road Engine" court model
Court model created as duplicate of George B. Selden's original 1879 "road engine" patent model. In 1903, Selden and his Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers sued Henry Ford and other automobile manufacturers for patent infringement. Selden eventually lost the lawsuit on appeal in 1911.
32.42.51 - Sprinkling can 32.42.51 - Sprinkling can
Blue small scale version of a garden sprinkling can.
32.59.1 - Doll 32.59.1 - Doll
Porcelain head and fabric body. Doll on stand.
37.503.3 - Bib 37.503.3 - Bib
Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
36.399.2 - Pipe 36.399.2 - Pipe
Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
36.400.14 - Sculpture 36.400.14 - Sculpture
"Warrior with captive." Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
37.454.152 - Whale oil lamp 37.454.152 - Whale oil lamp
Lamp with blue pressed glass body and four metal feet, metal handle, and metal detailing on top.
37.499.21 - Necklace with gorget 37.499.21 - Necklace with gorget
Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
37.63.1 - Child 37.63.1 - Child's dish
Brown and black with alphabet lithographed around edge and picture with short poem on plate surface.
38.369.41 - Child 38.369.41 - Child's skirt
Red broadcloth, bound with navy blue satin ribbon and edged with white beads. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
38.387.27 - Moccasins 38.387.27 - Moccasins
Buckskin with design of blue and white beads on edging. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
38.390.11 - Armbands 38.390.11 - Armbands
Red broadcloth w/ blue satin ribbon edged with yellow beads and buckskin fringe. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
38.97.17 - Stove 38.97.17 - Stove
Small stove made of cast iron with decorative parts.
39.378.8 - Ladle 39.378.8 - Ladle
Long handled ladle with bird carved at top. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
39.385.13 - Moccasins 39.385.13 - Moccasins
Buckskin moccasins trimmed with red and white quill. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
40.123.1 - Bean harvester; Patent model 40.123.1 - Bean harvester; Patent model
Small model of a Bean Harvester from Caledonia Bean Harvester co.
40.474.11 / 40.473.8 - Skirt and leggings 40.474.11 / 40.473.8 - Skirt and leggings
Made for Bunny Spring. Set of costume clothes consists of beaded blue broadcloth shirt and red broadcloth leggings. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
41.267.3 - Elkhorn comb 41.267.3 - Elkhorn comb
Two figures on top of comb represent two men canoeing. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
41.34.21 - Telegraph key and sounder; Patent model 41.34.21 - Telegraph key and sounder; Patent model
Patent model created to illustrate inventor's claims.
43.297.66 - Game 43.297.66 - Game
Game is called "Tiddledy Winks" and inludes box with game pieces.
48.244.1 - Sextant 48.244.1 - Sextant
c. mid-nineteenth century
50.372.1 - Bow tie 50.372.1 - Bow tie
Snakeskin backed by cloth. "Rattlesnake Pete," born Peter Gruber (1858-1932), came to Rochester c. 1892. He soon became a well known local character who ran a combination museum and saloon/restaurant. He developed a particular reputation for his medical treatments based on snake lore and snake by-products.
50.372.2 - Shoe (pair) 50.372.2 - Shoe (pair)
Snakeskin-covered leather with cloth shoelaces. "Rattlesnake Pete," born Peter Gruber (1858-1932), came to Rochester c. 1892. He soon became a well known local character who ran a combination museum and saloon/restaurant. He developed a particular reputation for his medical treatments based on snake lore and snake by-products.
50.372.6 - Hat 50.372.6 - Hat
Snakeskin. "Rattlesnake Pete," born Peter Gruber (1858-1932), came to Rochester c. 1892. He soon became a well known local character who ran a combination museum and saloon/restaurant. He developed a particular reputation for his medical treatments based on snake lore and snake by-products.
50.372.8 - Medicine bottle 50.372.8 - Medicine bottle
Glass. "Rattlesnake Pete," born Peter Gruber (1858-1932), came to Rochester c. 1892. He soon became a well known local character who ran a combination museum and saloon/restaurant. He developed a particular reputation for his medical treatments based on snake lore and snake by-products. Rattlesnake Pete Medical Co. Rattlesnake Pete Medical Co.
50.372.9 - Cigar 50.372.9 - Cigar
This cigar was found in 2010 during the conservation of a snakeskin jacket worn by "Rattlesnake Pete." "Rattlesnake Pete," born Peter Gruber (1858-1932), came to Rochester c. 1892. He soon became a well known local character who ran a combination museum and saloon/restaurant. He developed a particular reputation for his medical treatments based on snake lore and snake by-products.
62.449.1 - Vending machine 62.449.1 - Vending machine
For gum. Made by Pulver Brothers.
6534/177 - Effigy comb 6534/177 - Effigy comb
Carved from moose antler.
6671/177 - Pipe 6671/177 - Pipe
Ceramic with ring bowl turtle figure.
6786/177 - Square nail 6786/177 - Square nail
Iron square nail without head.
6807/177 - Rim sherd 6807/177 - Rim sherd
Ceramic. Barbed collar with two trailed horizontal lines at top.
6832/177 - Rim sherd 6832/177 - Rim sherd
Ceramic. Castellated, with effigy head diagonal trailing with notching at bottom.
6852/177 - Glass beads 6852/177 - Glass beads
Tubular glass beads: one red, one red with blue on white stripes, six blue, one white, and one blue with white stripes.
70.89.58 - Necklace 70.89.58 - Necklace
With medallions.
73.34.18 - Thermometer 73.34.18 - Thermometer
Tobacco curing thermometer. Taylor Company.
73.34.28 - Thermometer 73.34.28 - Thermometer
Advertising thermometer. Taylor Brothers Company.
73.34.41 - 73.34.41 -
Advertising thermometer. Taylor Brothers Company.
73.34.43 - Thermometer 73.34.43 - Thermometer
Tycos display thermometer on oak panel. Taylor Company.
73.34.99 - 73.34.99 -
Oven thermometer.
77.4.2 - Thermometer 77.4.2 - Thermometer
Tycos wall thermometer. Taylor Company.
77.76.9 - Thermometer 77.76.9 - Thermometer
Taylor oval window thermometer. Taylor Company.
78.97.1 - Forceps 78.97.1 - Forceps
For intestinal surgery.
83.26.7 - Sculpture 83.26.7 - Sculpture
Man and woman playing mancala.
98.87.19 - Cosmetic container (compact) 98.87.19 - Cosmetic container (compact)
"HM" on cover. Harper Method.
98.105.10 - Hand cream 98.105.10 - Hand cream
Harper Method.
98.105.20 - Hair pomade 98.105.20 - Hair pomade
E & E pomade. Harper Method.
98.105.22 - Face cream 98.105.22 - Face cream
For acne or pimples. Harper Method.
98.105.52 - Brush 98.105.52 - Brush
Metal handle.
98.87.11 - Bronze plaque 98.87.11 - Bronze plaque
Commemorating 30th anniversary of Harper Method.
98.87.15 - Teasing comb 98.87.15 - Teasing comb
Hard rubber. Harper Method.
99.72.1a - Bronze plaque 99.72.1a - Bronze plaque
Commemorating 50th anniversary of Harper Method.
AE 10344 - Limestone carving AE 10344 - Limestone carving
Beetle body with sphinx head.
AE 3097 - Ladle AE 3097 - Ladle
Owl effigy. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
AE 3917 - Ladle AE 3917 - Ladle
Turtle effigy. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
AE 5702 - Bowl AE 5702 - Bowl
Turtle effigy. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
AE 8241; AE 8242; AE 8244 - Girl AE 8241; AE 8242; AE 8244 - Girl's costume (overdress with silver brooches and skirt)
Part of complete broadcloth costume for Bunny Spring. Beaded red percale overdress with 12 silver brooches and beaded blue broadcloth skirt. Made for the Indian Arts Project, 1935-41.
AE 8983 - Bowl AE 8983 - Bowl
Pottery.
AE 9942 - Water jug AE 9942 - Water jug
Modern Egyptian water jug.
AR 257 - Mummified  bird AR 257 - Mummified bird
Falcon or hawk.
AR 259 - Mummified bird AR 259 - Mummified bird
Probably a kite.
AR 275 - Faux mummy AR 275 - Faux mummy
Contains no bones.
MTH 9455 - Bonnet MTH 9455 - Bonnet
Black lace; black and cream lace; flowers; jet trim; black ribbons.
P 18 - Chewing gum P 18 - Chewing gum
Pulver's Kola-Pepsin gum.
TL 2001.14 - Microscope TL 2001.14 - Microscope
Bausch & Lomb Microscope #39426.
2004.31 - Portable wheatstone bridge for a telecommunications test set made by Thompson-Levering Co. 2004.31 - Portable wheatstone bridge for a telecommunications test set made by Thompson-Levering Co.
A Wheatstone bridge is an electrical circuit used to measure an unknown electrical resistance by balancing two legs of a bridge circuit, one leg of which includes the unknown component. It was invented by Samuel Hunter Christie in 1833 and improved and popularized by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1843.
2004.31 - Wheatstone bridge for a telecommunications test set, desk model, made by Leads & Northrup Co. 2004.31 - Wheatstone bridge for a telecommunications test set, desk model, made by Leads & Northrup Co.
A Wheatstone bridge is an electrical circuit used to measure an unknown electrical resistance by balancing two legs of a bridge circuit, one leg of which includes the unknown component. It was invented by Samuel Hunter Christie in 1833 and improved and popularized by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1843.
2004.31 - Push button phone 2004.31 - Push button phone
Green. Used for Ryder Cup.

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Funded in part by:

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation