Just before the lockdown started I was asked by Stromness Museum if I could 3D print a full sized model of their famous Neolithic artefact ‘Buddo’ found at Skara Brea with a view of perhaps making something for sale although the COVID-19 situation has now put this idea on the back burner.
The model was created from the photogrammetry data produced by Hugo Anderson-Wymark of HES and printed with a plastic filament with stone dust in to to attempt to give a more realistic bone like texture rather than plastic feel. There are filaments available for printing bone but these are expensive and this was only a test.
The printing of this was tricky as there was no flat surface and so I had to use support material that was water dissolvable to handle the curved bottom of the model, this is often an issue with curved models like bowls.
In the end I printed three models, one for Hugo, one for the museum and one for myself.
Further news: These models are now on sale in the museum and on-line via their shop https://shop.stromnessmuseum.org.uk/products/buddo-figurine and also there is a smaller version as a key ring https://shop.stromnessmuseum.org.uk/products/copy-of-buddo-figurine