3D SCANNING A BUDDHA AT WAT AMPHAWAN

We had the great honour of 3D scanning a Buddha at Wat Amphawan, Singburi Province, Thailand.  The Wat will make replicas of this Buddha.

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Creaform Metra laser scanning the Buddha

The history of this Buddha is not completely clear.  This Buddha arrived at this Wat approximately 100 years ago.

Beautiful Buddha
Beautiful Buddha
Beautiful
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Peaceful Buddha

Wat Amphawan, an ancient temple in Phrom Buri district, Sing Buri province, has been the name since the Ayutthaya Period (The Ayutthaya period is over 400 years ago). It was inscribed in the Chinese language on a stone of the former ordination hall. This hall was built by Chinese immigrants in Meng Xiao Period who had business with Somdet Phra Narai Maharat in Lop Buri.  After the ordination hall had been built, founders asked for two Phra Nak Pok Hin images from Somdet Phra Narai Maharat.  They kept in the ordination hall. Wat Amphawan is honoured to be a model temple by the Department of Religious Affairs.

The tools we used a Creaform Metra and Creaform Ctrack scanner system.  The software we use is Creaform’s VXElements and 3D Systems tools such as DesignX, Wrap and others.

The Wat can be found at this Google map location https://goo.gl/cS4kTv

Getting ready

The Buddha was cleaned by an important monk. He cleaned and took great care.

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Cleaning Buddha

The scan took over 2 hours of scanning, even though the Buddha was small, only 40 cm tall. We scanned at the maximum resolution and accuracy of the Creaform Metra and C-Track system.

Start the scan

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The start of the scan.
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Nice logo
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Some relax, some work.
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The monks liked to learn technology.
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Steady hand makes a good scan.
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Take some time to get it right.
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Concentrate!
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Concentrate (2).
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Fluke looks like a cobra, ready to strike!
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Scanning all the details.
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Great equipment by Creaform.
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Watching progress.
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The final checking of the scan.

Luang Pho Charan Thitathammo

Luang Pho Charan Thitathammo was a very famous monk at Wat Amphawan. He is no longer with us, but his spirit live on. The house where he lived is where we scanned this Buddha. On the ground floor there is a wax figure of Luang Pho Charan Thitathammo, and many old relics. Many people come and pray at this location.

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Luang Pho Charan Thitathammo.
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Wax figure of Luang Pho Charan Thitathammo.
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Some Buddha in the Luang Pho Charan Thitathammo house.

The temple grounds

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Tranquillity and peace.
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Moooo.
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Fun.
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Many Buddhas at this temple

An old friend

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Bones of an old elephant friend.
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All knowing. Wise.
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Shrine to an old friend, an elephant.

Friendly locals

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The dogs were nice too!
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So lovely and peaceful.
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The cat loved the smell of coffee.
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Friendly cat.

Beautiful temple

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Right out of a fairy tale.
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Decorative iron window grates.

Sad to go

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Wonderful temple. We look forward to our return.

We loved working at Wat Amphawan, as the Buddha was sublime and the monks we met were very kind.  We hope to come back and see the replica Buddha they will make.  Please sign up for our newsletter, or “like/follow” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalDimensionDesign

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