3d printed artifacts

3D Printing Archive Acquired by Penn State

Ennex Research has had an eye on the future since 1975, evolving over the years to have a strong focus on advanced technology like 3D printing, along with other important…

Delft University of Technology & Maaike Roozenburg 3D Print Chinese Porcelain

China is famous for its blue and white porcelain, delicately and artfully produced and painted. Crafted mainly in the southern Chinese city of Jingdezhen and purchased by travelers visiting the…

University of Montana: Analyzing Accuracy of 3D Printed Femurs for Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaelogy

Thesis student Myriah Adonia Jo Allen (University of Montana) discusses not only the implications of 3D scanning and 3D printing overall, but more specifically, how important the technology of 3D…

What are the Ethics of 3D Scanned and 3D Printed Museum and Archaeological Artifacts?

3D scanning and 3D printing have been used as forms of preservation, creating digital records and physical replicas of fragile archaeological finds or threatened works of art. The technology has…

3D Printing and 3D Scanning Restore Intricate Artwork to Its Original Beauty

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy is one of the most prestigious public institutes in the field, and it is home to some very old works of art…

3D Scanning and 3D Printing Bring Artifacts from the Past into the Present

In April 1942, the English city of Exeter was the first to be bombed during the Baedeker Blitz. Two nights of air raids led to more than 80 fatalities and…

Chinese Studio Replicates Ancient Art Through 3D Printing

It’s really quite remarkable what 3D printing is capable of in the art world. Talented artists are using the technology to create works of art the likes of which have…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…