The Mollie and Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica at Congregation Beth Yeshurun is home to over 700 historical pieces dating as far back as the 17th century. Among them is a silver menorah measuring nearly 2 feet tall from Russia that was fabricated in 1827. This menorah is adorned with hinged oil lamps in the form of 8 lions - one of which was missing. The museum's curator, Dr. Daniel Musher, reached out to 3D Print Texas earlier this year to see if we would be able to make a faithful recreation of the missing lion. Through the use of modern and ancient techniques, we were able to create a replica in silver that is indistinguishable from the remaining 7 lions.
Using one of the original silver lions, a 3D file was made using a high-end 3D scanner (performed by HTS Advanced Solutions). This 3D scan provided the basic outline of the lion, but many of the details were lost due to the high reflectivity of the silver. Using Blender, a 3D sculpting program, the fine details were added to the 3D file. Using polyjet printing technology, several prototypes were printed to ensure that the details would be prominent enough to be visible in the final metal casting. This file was then provided to a local jeweler (Noah's Diamonds) to perform a lost-wax casting technique which has been utilized for nearly 6,000 years. Finally, a patina was added to the silver casting to mimic the other lions in the set. The silver lion was delivered just in time for Chanukah and is now installed in the original menorah alongside the remaining 7 lions.
You can read the original article about our work in the Jewish Herald-Voice. Thank you to Dr. Daniel Musher and Beth Yeshurun Congregation for giving us the opportunity to help complete the set of lamps for this remarkable menorah.
Special thanks to Grayland Noah and his team at Noah's Diamonds for all of their help with casting the final piece. We would also like to thank Dave and the HTS Advanced Solutions team for their help with scanning. If you're interested in learning more about our capabilities, please feel free to get in touch to see how we can help with your project by calling 713-357-4700. Before: