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Making facsimiles

Our first mission was an exact reproduction: the walls of the Lascaux cave in the Périgord.
We used a combination of advanced technology and original, patented techniques and materials.

The various techniques (including laser scanning, digital data processing, computer-aided wall design and 3D modelling) are implemented by teams comprising highly qualified sculptural artists and specialist technicians.
Our replicas aim to convey as closely as possible the impact of the original artworks on the people who first discovered them. We constantly improve the replicas’ technical performance; this ensures they stay stable whatever the display duration and conditions.

At the heart of our profession

Le fac-similé de grotte ornée

This animated model
illustrates the process by which
a replica deco-rated cave is made

Use a computer to discover an animation showing the cave replica process.

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01 Cutting
The polystyrene matrices
02 Mineral layer
Modelling and sculpting
03 Elastomer
04 Casting mould Made from resin
05 Structure Made from metal
06 Stone veil Covering applied
07 Shell Made from resin
08 Paint and patinas
03 Elastomer
06 Stone veil Covering applied
1
Building the casting mould

The skill required to produce a replica involves mastering the latest technology and applying it to a true production chain.Once the dimensions have been established, the matrices are cut digitally into polystyrene blocks 01.

2
Making the wall

Now modelling 02 comes into play to complete the supporting structure. Next our technicians spread elastomer 03 to take an impression, then produce resin casting moulds 04) that give the inverse of the shape to be created.

3
Painting and installing the structures

Once the metal support structure 05 has been produced with millimetre precision, the resin shell 07 reproduces the wall, with the addition of a stone veil 06 our own, patented technique) which faithfully reproduces the mineral surface of the rock, onto which the coloured patinas and wall paints 08 are applied.

Protecting our heritage and creating a new one

Restoration and reproduction

Our workshop looks beyond the confines of the cave to supply a wide range of products and scenery from the AFSP stable.

We also rise to the challenge of deterioration and conservation in caves, helping protect our historic and prehistoric heritage. This work includes scenography and large-scale re-production for museums.
We can design and personalise the subject of a 3D scan.
We also reproduce objects and moulds in all sizes, from the miniature to the mammoth. We make merchandise for shops, as well as scenery and other settings.

ENGINEERING AND ELECTRONIC IMAGING

All sorts of 3D modelling and manufacturing

In our work for the Lascaux IV International Cave Painting Center, the scaffolding frameworks which support the cave walls are engineered with millimetre precision.

Three-dimensional modelling enables us to be very precise. We work with our partners to perform the 3D modelling and photographic scans which we need before we can begin manufacturing. If you already have your own data we can use that instead, as the basis for your production or reproduction project.