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Lost Greek statue of Zeus remade with 3D printing – BBC News

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments

3D printed ZeusImage copyrightStratasysImage caption The original statue was created of wood, ivory and gold but the recreation is entirely thermoplastics An ancient Greek statue of Zeus has been recreated via 3D printing, after it was lost in the 5th Century.
One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the statue of Zeus at Olympia was recorded only in descriptions and illustrations on coins.
3D printing firms Stratasys and 3DPTree created the recreation for the Millennium Gate Museum in the US city of Atlanta.
One tremendous in classical sculpture said 3D printing was a “powerful tool” for learning of lost artefacts.
The Greek statue was roughly 13m tall but the 3D-printed edition stands at a additional modest 1.8m.

It is an take on to replicate the figure – created of wood, ivory and gold – which was lost in a fire at the Palace of Lausus in Constantinople, the city now known as Istanbul.
The parts were printed in thermoplastics, via a 3D version which approximated the create of the statue.
Image copyrightStratasysImage caption It took two days to 3D-print Zeus’s body – and another 20 hours for his legs 3D printing had brought a long lost artefact “to life”, according to Jesse Roitenberg at Stratasys.
“It’s not only for engineers, it is not only for createers – it is for art, it is for archaeologists,” he told the BBC.
Mr Roitenberg, a former schoolteacher, said it took two days to 3D print Zeus’s body and 20 hours to print his legs.
After a few finishing of the statue’s surface, the pieces were shipped to another location for assembly.
‘Jigsaw puzzle’
“Often, studying the ancient world is like attempting to put the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle back together – but you’ve lost the cover with the picture and half the pieces,” said Susanne Turner, curator at the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge, who was not involved with the project.
“Anything which allows for academics and interested participants of the public to be able-bodied to visualise and imagine what these lost things may have looked like is an incredibly powerful tool,” she told the BBC.
But, Dr Turner pointed out which most museums – which include her own – had featured replicas generated with other media for most years.
Artefacts which have been lost in modern times have in addition been recreated via 3D technologies, such as those at the ancient Semitic city of Palmyra in present-day Syria.
Recently, one group of archaeologists reconstructed Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph in Trafalgar Square in London with the assist of 3D innovation.
“I ponder [3D technologies] are going to become increasingly important,” said Dr Turner, “because it is so terribly distressing which those artefacts were lost.”

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