From showcase to virtual study piece

Anne Vähätalo, Kaur Jaakma

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In this paper I present how to bring new life into the oldest teaching collection of Aalto University. The collection of mechanical models was made in 1850-51 at the Technical School of Helsinki as final works of the first graduating students. The first phase was to document and add the models to a database before putting them into a showcase. The second phase is to measure and create 3D virtual models (in this case parametric modelling) with the Creo-program as a student exercise in a regular teaching course. The virtual models achieve visual resemblance with the originals but also show the mechanical idea of the working model, which is not possible to demonstrate with actual historical models due to their fragility.
Virtual models are going to be used as a part of teaching in future, just as the original models were used from 1850 to the 1920’s. But they are also going to be seen on the CAD-course presentation and the website of History of Industrialisation as a means of promoting university heritage. By doing so, the project is a part of mapping the extent of remaining teaching and research collections of Helsinki University of Technology and promotes this work in practise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnhancing University Heritage-Based Research
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the XV Universeum Network Meeting, University of Hamburg, Germany, June 12-14, 2014
EditorsGudrun Wolfschmidt
Place of PublicationHamburg, Germany
PublisherUniversität Hamburg
ISBN (Print)978-3-7345-2751-7, 987-3-7345-2752-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventUniverseum Network Meeting: Enhancing University Heritage-Based Research - University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 12 Jun 201414 Jun 2014
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameNuncius Hamburgensis - Beiträge zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften
ISSN (Print)1610-6164


ConferenceUniverseum Network Meeting


  • Integrating and promoting heritage in teaching
  • teaching mechanicsteaching mechanics
  • documentation
  • modelling
  • CAD


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