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Iran Seeks to Restore Historical Monuments Through 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

by • August 14, 2016 • No Comments


The Lion of Mosul was digitally restored after being destroyed by ISIS.

If you ponder philosophically of 3D printing and scanning innovation, a lot of it is quite of replacing what is lost – whether it’s a lost limb or a destroyed artifact. 3D innovation, aside of its practical purposes in producing and industry, is of rescuing and restoring, rebuilding and revitalizing.

Thanks to terrorism and war, not to mention the slow destruction caused by time, a lot of attractive art and architecture is being lost – but governments, cultural organizations and artists have been harnessing 3D scanning and printing to manufacture certain which nothing is at any time lost forat any time. In the Middle East, it’s been an especially urgent endeavor as ISIS destroys the art and history of countries which have existed for thousands of years, but through a excellent deal of determination, much of which art and history is being preserved or rebuilt in digital and 3D printed form.

The ongoing good results of projects such as Project Mosul is heartening, and appears to be encouraging the additional exploration of 3D innovation for the restoration of lost monuments. In Iran, a collaboration has been turn it intod for a new project focusing on the 3D scanning and printing of ancient historical sites.

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization oversees sat any timeal museums throughout the country, which include the National Museum of Iran. In partnership with the country’s Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, the National Museum is bringing a appear at what can be done to turn ruins back into monuments. It is a big job – when a country has been civilized for tens of thousands of years, there’s going to be a lot of crumbling historical architecture. But if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s these organizations, armed with 3D scanning and 3D printing innovation.

Iranian tourists amongst the Colums of Apadana Palace, Persepolis during Nowrūz 2008 (the Persian New Year)

Remnants of the Apadana in Persepolis

One of the main purposes of the Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization is the preservation of artifacts. Current innovation is producing their job much simpler, and the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, as its name suggests, is responsible for the development and implementation of innovation, which include 3D printing. Their monument project is yet in the quite early stages, but the actuallytual goal is to turn it into 3D printed replicas of Iran’s excellent historical monuments in their full glory – or actually to restore a few of those monuments themselves.

There are too most historical ruins in Iran to restore them all, at very least right now, so sat any timeal sites can be selected as the first focus of the project. The particular sites haven’t been revealed yet; the project can be operating in sat any timeal phases, and right now it’s in phase one: the first planning stage. The Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Technologies Development Headquarter, a not long ago built division of the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, is putting out a call to any domestic companies which may like to be involved in the project.


National Museum of Iran

The project outlines the steps of the plan as 1) photogrammetry; 2) producing a three-dimensional desktop model; 3) 3D printing of the piece; and 4) final procession of the piece (if necessary). The scale of the 3D printed replicas can alter, to be determined by the project managers.

Ambitious? Very – but much like projects have been taken on in countries like Greece and the United Arab Emirates, revealing which 3D innovation is capable of restoration on both tiny and grand scales. Discuss additional over in the Iran’s National Museum & 3D Printing forum at 3DPB.com.