From processed scan data our conservation team can create new virtual objects and environments or detailed physical 3D replicas. We use new virtual reality and new digital fabrication technology to visualise and replicate historic artefacts, architectural details and modelling the historic interior.

Our expertise includes:

Visualisation and communication. 2D and 3D screen based visualisation. Generation of static visuals, dynamic animated models, photo renders, diagrams and info graphics.

Virtual modelling and environments. Screen based opportunities including immersive virtual, augmented and mixed realities


Physical modelling and replication. We use a variety of technologies to create accurate rpelicas such as:

  • 3D printing to reproduce complex geometry, tools, jigs or bespoke packaging.

  • CNC Machining. Excellent to produce items at scale and in a range of materials.

  • Laser cutting and engraving to replicate historic stencils and surface patterns. Our conservation team take detailed notes, drawings, photographs to recreate historic stencils and surface patterns. We have taken on the full reinstatement of historic schemes or provided clients with the cut patterns to do this themselves.

  • Finishing. 3D printing and various machining process are great at creating the initial substrate parts but, it is often the quality of finishing and the skill to apply (often by hand) surface patternation that sets Lincoln Conservation apart. There are few organisations that has the skill-set to follow a whole process through from scanning, digital modelling, print and finish.


Applications and benefits include:

Our software expertise and digital fabrication technologies provides benefits that includes:

  • Digital fixing and repairs of artefacts. Minimise the cost and time of manual repairs and reproductions. Eliminate tooling, easily scale, mirror or remodel parts, features and objects.

  • Tactile replicas and improving access. Share artefacts with visitors or the visually impaired that would otherwise be too delicate, precious or inaccessible.

  • Bespoke fixtures, supports and mounts. Production of precisely fitting mounts and packaging for storage, transport or display.

  • 3D copies for visitor handling, records, public display and limited edition celebration pieces.

  • Assisting traditional reconstruction with 3D printed parts, in-fills, tools and jigs