The Voynicke manuscript (1915) has been widely regarded as the first printed work by the renowned Italian Renaissance scholar Johann Georges Perec.
It was discovered in a vault in the Italian city of Genoa, and was published in Italian in 1875.
Since then, more than 100 editions have been printed worldwide, and in the last 10 years, nearly a third of the original Voynics have been scanned.
The project, called Voynipse, is part of a larger effort to digitize the work, with the aim of making it easier for the public to read.
In a new paper published today, researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, the University College London and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) present a new tool called the Voynidator, which can be used to scan and print the Voynicke manuscript at up to 4K resolution.
It can also be used as a reference to help readers understand the text of the manuscript.
“We’re hoping that we can provide the world with the best quality text-to-text reproductions available on the internet,” said lead researcher Johannes Rauch.
“By using this tool, we hope to make a lot of money.”
The Voynickelator tool, which was developed by the Zurich-based Technische Universität München, uses a laser-scanning system to produce a 3D model of the book, which is then scanned at 4K to produce the full 3D printed version.
The tool can be purchased for about $40 on Amazon.
The researchers have previously developed tools for 3D printing books using 3D printers.
The Voynik-3D tool can also work with other printed documents, such as printed photographs, which are scanned in one go.
It also works with documents printed in other 3D-printing software, such an Inkscape 3D software.
The team is now working on a version of the tool that can also generate PDF files for printing.
“A lot of people have printed books in this format, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get started,” said Rauck.
The research team is currently developing the tool for printing Voynitz manuscripts.
For instance, the researchers plan to add a function that allows the printer to print Voynik manuscript with a specific colour or texture.
The 3D printer can be programmed to produce all of the necessary colour information in one click.
The software can also automatically convert printed Voyniske manuscripts into the corresponding format.
The next step is to work on a tool that will convert Voynijck manuscripts to a standard format, which will be used in future Voynices.
“The 3D scanning software currently available for printing a Voynickell manuscript can be found on Amazon,” said co-author Peter Dörflinger.
“In addition, we are also planning to add an interface for the user to specify the colour of the printed document and print with it,” he added.
The full research paper is available at arXiv:1101.0599.