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See How a 3D Scanner Saved a Soldier’s 60-Year-Old Heirloom

See How a 3D Scanner Saved a Soldier’s 60-Year-Old Heirloom

November 22, 2017 – By Dani Mason

Military dog tags are highly personal, an ID as unique as its user and a silent statement of their commitment. For a soldier facing the unthinkable, they serve as a reminder that they will not be forgotten. They will not be unknown.

When Kurt came into Irelia Fine Jewelry, it was with a mission of his own.

Kurt was challenged with replicating a cherished heirloom – his client’s dog tag, a vintage, hand-stamped sheet metal treasure over 60 years old.

He tried every method he knew, and not a single one was successful.

Making a silicon mold caused the model to be too thin to use a wax injecting method. Even if the wax injection came out, it was way too thin to cast.

Ready to give up on the project, afraid he would let down his client, Kurt turned to Fernando, master jeweler at Irelia Fine Jewelry.

Fernando sprayed the dog tag with 3D scan spray and placed it on the work plate in B9Creations' first-generation 3D scanner, the B9 Scan 350. Using default settings, in a mere 10 minutes he got a high-detail STL file of the tag. From there it was as simple as importing the model into Matrix and creating a thicker back plate, so this new piece would last a lifetime.

“I’ve been in the jewelry business for 40 years, and I had totally given up. No one else can do this. After the scan, I was blown away that I can now call my customer back and give him the great news that this new piece will be amazing, and every last detail was captured.”
- Kurt, Jeweler

 Dog tag replica

Pictured above, on top, is the final finished replica along with the original below. 

Note: B9Creations no longer offers the B9 Scan 350, as we’ve released an upgraded, higher-accuracy version. See the B9 Scan 500 here.

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