With 3D scanning becoming an increasingly interesting field, it is important to acknowledge its past milestones. Arguably the most impressive 3D scanning project ever is Bleigiessen by Thomas Heatherwick in 2005, comissioned by the Wellcome Trust. Thomas explains the project and the reason why we uses laser scanning to capture a form that 'designs itself'.
I discovered this obscure flash documentary after suprisingly not finding much online documentation for such an incredible project so I edited it and took it to vimeo for digital posterity and exposure (and so that I can blog it). Using embedded flash videos is like making only one copy of a book and leaving near a fire.
Apparantly the sculpture can be visited on the last Friday of every month at 2pm. Heatherwick's first solo show opens in May 2012 at the V&A in London and is not to be missed, I'm hoping the original Bleigiessen lead drop will be there.