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…

South Korea Turning World’s Oldest Book of Movable Metal Print into 3D Data for Cultural Celebration

I remember the amazement I felt when, three years ago, I got to see the Latin translation of the Gutenberg Bible, known as the Vulgate, on display at the Library…

3D Printing Technology Used to Create Replicas of Historic Buddhist Statues in China

I re-watched one of my favorite movies this weekend, Hitch, about a New York City dating consultant played by Will Smith. While on an early morning date to Ellis Island…

Making History Accessible: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Forensics Archaeology Recreate the Face of the Lady of Cao

While many say that 3D printing is the technology of the future, it’s often used as a gateway to the past, making ancient history more accessible to everyone. The technology…

3D Technologies Restore Damaged Syrian Artifacts, Honor a Fallen Hero

There seems to be no end to the anguish in Syria. Even victories seem to be short-lived; after ISIS militants were driven out of Palmyra last March, it would be…

South Korea’s Cultural Heritage is Available in 3D Printable Format from 3Dupndown

Among 3D printing’s many, many valuable applications, the preservation of history and culture is a big one. 3D scanning and 3D printing have been used to digitally preserve and even…

A Palace Ceiling, a Winged Bull and a Room Full of History: 3D Printed Replicas of War-Destroyed Artifacts on Display at Roman Colosseum

As ISIS rampages across the Middle East, precious works of art and architecture that have stood for thousands of years have been tragically mowed down in attempts to snuff out…

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

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

November 5, 2015

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…

3D Printing of Chinese Cultural Artifacts Causes Controversy

Can something priceless have its value damaged by making copies? Artist Oliver Laric doesn’t think so, but his position has not found universal agreement. Laric, who has already made a…


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