Monday, August 08, 2016

Statue of Zeus at Olympia reconstructed

TECHNOLOGY WATCH: Stratasys Brings One of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" to Life with Unprecedented Realism of 3D Printing (Business Wire).
For massive recreations like the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer ensures artists can build these large parts with an enhanced degree of speed and scale – up to 3x faster than traditional 3D processes. Offering maximum flexibility, creators can easily fine-tune performance and speed – achieving more realistic parts, generating complex designs and producing the smooth finish artwork requires. With the durability of production-grade thermoplastics, museum creators were guaranteed the resulting statue was highly stable to remain intact during the most challenging environments.
I'm looking forward to the reconstructions of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Library of Alexandria.

For more on 3-d printing and its current and potential applications to archaeology the study of antiquity, see the immediately preceding post and links.