3d printed artifacts

Students Use 3D Printing Technology to Interact with Ancient Greek Artifacts at Victoria University of Wellington's Classics Museum

Students Use 3D Printing Technology to Interact with Ancient Greek Artifacts at Victoria University of Wellington's Classics Museum

One of the most important rules that children have drilled into their heads before museum field trips is to not touch the exhibits. But in recent years, 3D scanning and 3D printing technology has helped abolish this rule, and now all sorts of important artifacts and exhibits, from dinosaur fossils and mummies to famous paintings […]

One of the most important rules that children have drilled into their heads before museum field trips is to not touch the exhibits. But in recent years, 3D scanning and 3D printing technology has helped abolish this rule, and now all sorts of important artifacts and...
Artifacts from the Sunken Warship Mary Rose Recreated with 3D Scanning & 3D Printing

Artifacts from the Sunken Warship Mary Rose Recreated with 3D Scanning & 3D Printing

Although 3D printing has been celebrated as a technology of the future, it has also proven to have immense value in unearthing our past as well. All across the world, 3D scanning and 3D printing are being increasingly utilized to restore and replicate ancient artifacts. From monuments that have been destroyed due to the warpath […]

Although 3D printing has been celebrated as a technology of the future, it has also proven to have immense value in unearthing our past as well. All across the world, 3D scanning and 3D printing are being increasingly utilized to restore and replicate ancient...
Classics Students at University of Canterbury Learn More about Ancient Rome through Examining 3D Printed Replicas

Classics Students at University of Canterbury Learn More about Ancient Rome through Examining 3D Printed Replicas

3D printing has begun to play a much larger role in education. While a priority nearly since the technology hit the mainstream, we now very commonly see entire labs popping up in schools all over the world including the hardware, software, networking and organizational platforms—as well as hordes of enthusiastic students just waiting for their […]

3D printing has begun to play a much larger role in education. While a priority nearly since the technology hit the mainstream, we now very commonly see entire labs popping up in schools all over the world including the hardware, software, networking and...
Replicating Artwork in 3D: Is it Ethical to Reproduce Valuable Artwork Destroyed by Terrorists?

Replicating Artwork in 3D: Is it Ethical to Reproduce Valuable Artwork Destroyed by Terrorists?

I attended a wonderful high school up on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The mountain landscape and fresh air were inspiration in themselves, the backdrop for a small campus where teachers were fond of teaching class outside whenever possible. We were deeply encouraged to follow our creative spirits, and it was there that I met […]

I attended a wonderful high school up on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The mountain landscape and fresh air were inspiration in themselves, the backdrop for a small campus where teachers were fond of teaching class outside whenever possible. We were deeply...
Italian Paleontologist Turns to Materialise to Help 3D Print Trilobite Fossils

Italian Paleontologist Turns to Materialise to Help 3D Print Trilobite Fossils

Although—in the grand scheme of things—3D printing is a relatively new technology in the eyes of humanity, that certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to recreate some of the most ancient artifacts and fossils scattered throughout the Earth. Over the past year, we’ve seen 3D printing technology help recreate the oldest chameleon fossil ever […]

Although—in the grand scheme of things—3D printing is a relatively new technology in the eyes of humanity, that certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to recreate some of the most ancient artifacts and fossils scattered throughout the Earth. Over the past year,...
ISIS-Destroyed Museum in Iraq Revived by Crowdsourcing and 3D Printing Technology

ISIS-Destroyed Museum in Iraq Revived by Crowdsourcing and 3D Printing Technology

There’s no better way to enrich ourselves with human history than by immersing ourselves in it, visiting the museums and historical sites across the world that tell the story of where we’ve all come from. Unfortunately, there exist heinous and diabolical groups out there who wish to construct their own version of history, and in […]

There’s no better way to enrich ourselves with human history than by immersing ourselves in it, visiting the museums and historical sites across the world that tell the story of where we’ve all come from. Unfortunately, there exist heinous and diabolical groups out...
The Smithsonian Uses High-Resolution 3D Scanning, Autodesk’s Ember to Reveal the Secrets of the Cosmic Buddha

The Smithsonian Uses High-Resolution 3D Scanning, Autodesk’s Ember to Reveal the Secrets of the Cosmic Buddha

The Cosmic Buddha, or Vairochana, is a life-sized headless Buddha statue that was carved from limestone in the sixth century. What makes it special is its robe, which has been carved with intricate illustrations and detailed narrative scenes of Buddhist stories, including several based on the past lives of the Historical Buddha. The illustrations completely […]

The Cosmic Buddha, or Vairochana, is a life-sized headless Buddha statue that was carved from limestone in the sixth century. What makes it special is its robe, which has been carved with intricate illustrations and detailed narrative scenes of Buddhist stories,...
3D Model of Centuries-Old Skull from Battle of Culloden Reveals New Information

3D Model of Centuries-Old Skull from Battle of Culloden Reveals New Information

Every now and then we have to freshen up on our military history. Why? Because 3D modeling and printing technology is being used to enhance artifact research and produce replicas of weapons used in historic battles. Occasionally it is also used to reproduce found bone fragments — like this skull found at the Battle of Culloden site. This battle was the last confrontation of the Jacobite rising against […]

Every now and then we have to freshen up on our military history. Why? Because 3D modeling and printing technology is being used to enhance artifact research and produce replicas of weapons used in historic battles. Occasionally it is also used to reproduce found bone...
Sorry, That Story About Covertly 3D Scanning the Bust of Nefertiti with a Kinect is a Fake

Sorry, That Story About Covertly 3D Scanning the Bust of Nefertiti with a Kinect is a Fake

With modern 3D scanning and 3D printing technology, the entire world could be exposed to the wonders of antiquity, yet most museums continue to make available only a select few high-quality 3D scans of their artifacts. However last month a big story made the rounds about a pair of artists who wanted to challenge that […]

With modern 3D scanning and 3D printing technology, the entire world could be exposed to the wonders of antiquity, yet most museums continue to make available only a select few high-quality 3D scans of their artifacts. However last month a big story made the rounds...
3D Printing Allows Visually Impaired to Experience Museums in a New Way

3D Printing Allows Visually Impaired to Experience Museums in a New Way

While there are thousands of people who have benefited from 3D printing technology, some of those who have benefited the most are those with disabilities. My favorite stories are the stories about 3D printed assistive devices. Never before has it been so easy to develop devices that help people with disabilities to walk, grip objects, […]

While there are thousands of people who have benefited from 3D printing technology, some of those who have benefited the most are those with disabilities. My favorite stories are the stories about 3D printed assistive devices. Never before has it been so easy to...
Material Speculation: Morehshin Allahyari Releases Collection So Public Can 3D Print Pieces Destroyed by ISIS

Material Speculation: Morehshin Allahyari Releases Collection So Public Can 3D Print Pieces Destroyed by ISIS

Many are still cringing in horror over the devastation wrought by ISIS at the Mosul Museum in Iraq last year. In a violent plundering of the Mosul, the Jihadists entered the museum and went to work methodically smashing, toppling, and even sawing artifacts into pieces. At the time, it was estimated that while many of the […]

Many are still cringing in horror over the devastation wrought by ISIS at the Mosul Museum in Iraq last year. In a violent plundering of the Mosul, the Jihadists entered the museum and went to work methodically smashing, toppling, and even sawing artifacts into...
Using 3D Scanning and 3D Printing to Create Reproductions of Valuable Church Statues

Using 3D Scanning and 3D Printing to Create Reproductions of Valuable Church Statues

You wouldn’t think that there would be an issue with artifacts, artwork or decorations going missing from a church, but sadly theft is an all too common experience. For most Christian and Catholic denominations, a church is supposed to be open and available as often as possible, so there isn’t always someone there to monitor […]

You wouldn’t think that there would be an issue with artifacts, artwork or decorations going missing from a church, but sadly theft is an all too common experience. For most Christian and Catholic denominations, a church is supposed to be open and available as...
Threeding & Artec 3D Team Up to Scan Hundreds of Greek Artifacts from Private Collection

Threeding & Artec 3D Team Up to Scan Hundreds of Greek Artifacts from Private Collection

We tend to perk up whenever we hear that Threeding and Artec 3D have teamed up for a new project. This generally means we are about to be taken to a faraway land, with the potential to visit ancient cities and the relics they left behind, which are in need of preservation via archiving. From […]

We tend to perk up whenever we hear that Threeding and Artec 3D have teamed up for a new project. This generally means we are about to be taken to a faraway land, with the potential to visit ancient cities and the relics they left behind, which are in need of...
University of Alabama's Office of Archaeological Research Uses 3D Technology to Rebuild the Past

University of Alabama's Office of Archaeological Research Uses 3D Technology to Rebuild the Past

It’s interesting to think about how much technology is used to look back in time, so to speak. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that it’s possible to see back millions of years in space, but on a more earthbound level, technology is able to make even ancient history clearer and more […]

It’s interesting to think about how much technology is used to look back in time, so to speak. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that it’s possible to see back millions of years in space, but on a more earthbound level, technology is able to...
Museums and First Nations Explore 3D Printing as Mechanism for Artifact Repatriation

Museums and First Nations Explore 3D Printing as Mechanism for Artifact Repatriation

How valuable can something be if you can, or potentially could, make an infinite number of copies of it? This is a question that has been lurking the shadows of the nearly unbounded enthusiasm that surrounds 3D printing. We all know that the things held in museum collections are valuable and there has been a […]

How valuable can something be if you can, or potentially could, make an infinite number of copies of it? This is a question that has been lurking the shadows of the nearly unbounded enthusiasm that surrounds 3D printing. We all know that the things held in museum...
Dubai's Museum of the Future Plans for Enormous 3D Printed Database of Ancient Heritage Monuments

Dubai's Museum of the Future Plans for Enormous 3D Printed Database of Ancient Heritage Monuments

Dubai is known as a city of riches and luxury beyond most of our wildest dreams. As the most populated city in the Arab Emirates and one of the very most expensive places to live in the world, billionaires abound, propelling along a huge global economy and an important center of finance. It would certainly […]

Dubai is known as a city of riches and luxury beyond most of our wildest dreams. As the most populated city in the Arab Emirates and one of the very most expensive places to live in the world, billionaires abound, propelling along a huge global economy and an...
Replicas of 6th and 7th Century English "Staffordshire Hoard" Artifacts Are 3D Printed

Replicas of 6th and 7th Century English "Staffordshire Hoard" Artifacts Are 3D Printed

In 2009, a remarkable stash of over 3,500 objects was found in an English field. These artifacts were dated back to the “Kingdom of Mercian Era” — roughly the 6th and 7th centuries — and this huge silver and gold metalworks collection became known as “The Staffordshire Hoard.” The Staffordshire Hoard is jointly owned by […]

In 2009, a remarkable stash of over 3,500 objects was found in an English field. These artifacts were dated back to the “Kingdom of Mercian Era” — roughly the 6th and 7th centuries — and this huge silver and gold metalworks collection became...
Visualizing & Exhibiting Anthropology: VCU Students 3D Scan, Print & Hand Paint Hundreds of Artifacts for Virginia Museum of Natural History Exhibit

Visualizing & Exhibiting Anthropology: VCU Students 3D Scan, Print & Hand Paint Hundreds of Artifacts for Virginia Museum of Natural History Exhibit

3D scanning and printing allow us to come face to face with the future. After decades of talk about space age technologies, the wave of the future, and the technology of tomorrow, we can now literally hold it in our hands–and it all becomes even more amazing in tandem with other fields and sciences like […]

3D scanning and printing allow us to come face to face with the future. After decades of talk about space age technologies, the wave of the future, and the technology of tomorrow, we can now literally hold it in our hands–and it all becomes even more amazing in...
Unlocking the Mystery of the Jamestown Graves with 3D Printing

Unlocking the Mystery of the Jamestown Graves with 3D Printing

A few years back, archaeologists digging beneath a church built in 1608 found the site of four graves near Jamestown, Virginia. The vagaries of time and nature had left little but bones, the coffin nails used to seal up the dead and a pair of artifacts which proved the keys to unlocking the mystery of […]

A few years back, archaeologists digging beneath a church built in 1608 found the site of four graves near Jamestown, Virginia. The vagaries of time and nature had left little but bones, the coffin nails used to seal up the dead and a pair of artifacts which proved...
Artec3D & Threeding 3D Scan Artifacts at Stara Zagora Museum, Make 3D Models Available to Public

Artec3D & Threeding 3D Scan Artifacts at Stara Zagora Museum, Make 3D Models Available to Public

The incredible innovations offered by 3D scanning, digital design, and 3D printing have launched us into the future in many areas, from the world of art and design to manufacturing and industry as a whole. We’re able to make things now via 3D printing that would not be possible otherwise, and a wide range of options haven’t […]

The incredible innovations offered by 3D scanning, digital design, and 3D printing have launched us into the future in many areas, from the world of art and design to manufacturing and industry as a whole. We’re able to make things now via 3D printing that would not...
3D Scanning Technology Creates a Virtual Reality Model of Medieval Bone Crypt

3D Scanning Technology Creates a Virtual Reality Model of Medieval Bone Crypt

The University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology has joined forces with the school’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Boeing in a very unusual joint effort. They’re using 3D scanning technology to create a detailed, virtual model of a medieval ossuary, one of only two remaining in the United Kingdom. The project is somewhat outside […]

The University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology has joined forces with the school’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Boeing in a very unusual joint effort. They’re using 3D scanning technology to create a detailed, virtual model of a...
Ninth Grade Students Create a 3D Printed Biographical Timeline of WWII

Ninth Grade Students Create a 3D Printed Biographical Timeline of WWII

Often times when a teacher tells a student that they are going to be doing a fun assignment, the students know that whatever is next is going to be a lot of work. In this case, that was definitely true, but so was the part about it being fun. Ninth grade humanities teacher Heather Calabro, at […]

Often times when a teacher tells a student that they are going to be doing a fun assignment, the students know that whatever is next is going to be a lot of work. In this case, that was definitely true, but so was the part about it being fun. Ninth grade...
Paper-Based 3D Printing Used to Reconstruct Bust of 11th Century Cambodian King

Paper-Based 3D Printing Used to Reconstruct Bust of 11th Century Cambodian King

There are, for varying reasons, always those willing to attempt to wipe history from memory by destroying artifacts and documents to serve their purposes. Some artifacts are lost to natural disasters and the ravages of time. To combat the loss of such artifacts, Eric Lemaresquier uses 3D scanning and printing technology expertise to restore such […]

There are, for varying reasons, always those willing to attempt to wipe history from memory by destroying artifacts and documents to serve their purposes. Some artifacts are lost to natural disasters and the ravages of time. To combat the loss of such artifacts, Eric...
Artec & Threeding Partner Again to 3D Scan Eastern Orthodox Religious Artifacts--Available for 3D Printing

Artec & Threeding Partner Again to 3D Scan Eastern Orthodox Religious Artifacts--Available for 3D Printing

While 3D printing has been a boon, a catalyst, and the foundation for producing many enormous changes and innovations throughout the world, the progressive technology also serves great purpose in historical preservation, as well as allowing for the duplication of artifacts for use in digital archiving, studying, home and traveling exhibits, and true permanence in posterity. […]

While 3D printing has been a boon, a catalyst, and the foundation for producing many enormous changes and innovations throughout the world, the progressive technology also serves great purpose in historical preservation, as well as allowing for the duplication of...
Here's Last Month's Most Downloaded 3D Printable Models From SketchFab

Here's Last Month's Most Downloaded 3D Printable Models From SketchFab

A 3D model website with over 200,000 different models, Sketchfab is becoming more popular for companies and individuals looking for 3D printable content. This is Sketchfab’s most popular, downloadable, 3D printable files for the month of June, which includes: Microsoft shades, a Firefox cookie cutter, a sheep figurine, a battle helmet, a juicer, a Canary […]

A 3D model website with over 200,000 different models, Sketchfab is becoming more popular for companies and individuals looking for 3D printable content. This is Sketchfab’s most popular, downloadable, 3D printable files for the month of June, which includes:...