Face jugs created centuries back in Edgefield reflect the stories of human survival, cultural movement, technological prowess and spiritualism. Drawing inspiration from that, Brian Gillis decided to develop similar face jugs using 3D scanning. The original model was quite small like that of grapefruit and was covered in fine net with target dots for reference point use.
Handheld Creaform RevScan was the tool used for capturing data in 3D shape. The software called Geomagic Studio helped with processing of scanned data, reaching inaccessible areas out of reach of scanner and standard format output of files. The software named Geomagic Freeform proved extremely useful in creating compartments within the model. Manipulating the model became extremely easy with this tool that helped in thickening, thinning, changing features, aligning and creation of different parts.
Even though it was initially decided that the casting would be done with stainless steel but schedule and budget did not allow that to happen. So nickel plating was decided upon for casting process that would serve as an excellent material for increasing longevity and strength. Superglue or Cyonoacrylate glue was used for sealing time capsule prior to nickel-plating finish.
It was all because of 3D scanning that such a feat could be achieved. After looking at the model, one can dream back to the time when these beautiful artifacts were created just with the application of hands and some other tools. The technology holds great promises for the future of mankind and its existence.