3D models of plant anatomy

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le docteur français louis auzoux est connu pour ses modèles anatomiques de plantes, digitage a nulérisé et recréé ces structures grace au scan 3D

Photographie Louis Auzoux




Do you know Louis Auzoux ?

French doctor who lived in the XIXe century, he is famous for his models of plant anatomy.





« l’Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education » (School for Teaching and Education) decided to exhibit his plant models made in papier mâché.

Modèle petite forêt de champignons de Louis Auzoux


First these models were restaured by workshops specialized in art restoration, to give them there original aspect.

Then they were given custom made individual bases.

The Auzoux collection are now exhibited at ESPE.


But, the models were originally created to be taken apart in order to study them. They are made of multiples pieces.

Visitors of ESPE will see them only fully assembled.

So how present the original idea of Louis Auzoux ?

Thanks to 3D scanning !




Our team performed a 3D scan of all the pieces of about 40 plant models.


The 3D scanning was process in several steps.


  1. Séance de scan 3D d'un modèle végétal avec le scanner Breuckmann SmartScanWe used a Breuckmann SmartScan scanner to get the geometry of the models. First assembled, then piece by piece to show them dismantled.






2. Then we did a photogrammetry acquisition to get a Very High Definition texture. Each piece was placed in a softbox to have the best light on all the object.







3. Finally the texture was applied on the mesh from the Breuckmann scanner. So we produced a 3D model textured and with high metrological accuracy.


The goal is conservation and backup, and also the 3D models are now virtually presented to the public ; the creations of doctor Auzoux are showed for the first time in separated pieces.

You will discover the 3D models next to the collection.


Go to ESPE, 56 Boulevard des Batignolles, 75017 Paris, France.



We are working now on another 3D project with an archeological museum, « Musée Archéologique de l’Oise ».

The museum will open a new exhibition in February 2018, Acta est fabula, about the ancient theaters of Northern Gaul. Specially about the theater of Vendeuil-Caply, located right next to the museum.

For this exhibition, a 3D virtual rebuilding of the theater will be created. Visitors will discover the theater as it could have been 2000 years ago, with a 3D video and Virtual Reality !

To complete this project, the museum started a crowdfunding campaign.

Be a real gallo-roman contributor by supporting the 3D reconstruction of the ancient theater !

You can discover the project here : https://dartagnans.fr/fr/projects/vendeuil-caply-le-theatre-antique-en-3d/campaign

It would be also very hepful if you share this project on social medias (facebook, twitter…).

Thank you very much !

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