As part of its strategy to develop a comprehensive digital imaging technologies for culture and heritage, the Laboratory for Experimental Museology has acquired a CultArm3D scanner for development of digital twins. This color-faithful, 3D photogrammetric system was developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, offers repeatable high quality 3D digitization while ensuring object safety. The scanner combines intelligent view planning with color-faithful capture of arbitrary objects exhibiting challenging surface materials.  This system efficiently produces virtual replicas of objects and thus enable the efficient digitization of entire collections in 3D. CultArm3D is a collaboration between Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD and PhaseOne.

In an era of rapidly changing values associated with digital wins of cultural artefacts, LUXLAB3D investigates: (i) the circulation of digital art treasures and heritage, a translocated phenomenon with psycho-social ramifications for local and transnational identities; (ii) issues of repatriation and decolonization; (iii) the creation and exhibition of high-fidelity 3D digital twins as a means to transform engagement with heritage objects and; (iv) the potential for digital twins in combination with blockchain technologies to enable more equitable, trustworthy, and ethical distribution of heritage.