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One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World gets 3D printed restoration

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments


This year’s summer Olympic Games are bringing serious advantage of 3D printing innovation. France’s cycling team can be utilizing 3D printed handlebars during competition. Jamaican sprinting device Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce can be sporting Nike’s custom Zoom Superfly Elite trainers – turn it intod with the assist of 3D printed innovation – during her 100m dash. And finally, BMW announced a few awea few 3D printed wheelchairs for the US Paralympic Track and Field team. All the awe-inspiring advancements afforded to olympic athletes and teams by this innovation is concrete proof of the wide-ranging applications to which 3D printing is suited.

The Games through the years

Tapping into the history of the Olympic Games, Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum can be home to “The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio,” an exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. From August 20, 2016 to January 2, 2017, visitors can have the accident to see “Ancient Greek artifacts, many of which exceed 2,500 years of age, which tell the history of the Olympic Games and Ancient Olympia, athletic competition, and Greek mythology and politics.”

Creating a fewthing of nothing

Among these artifacts, is one of the Sactually Wonders of the Ancient World. Once standing at 43-feet-tall, the original Statue of Zeus at Olympia was truly a representation fit for a god. Constructed out of wood and showcasing gold and ivory panels, the statue took 12 years to turn it into and was accomplished in 432 B.C. Unfortunately, the spectacular sculpture depicting the king of the Greek gods was destroyed in a fire around 5th Century A.D. Since its destruction, artists and historians have tried in vain to return it into the statue of coin depictions and secondhand descriptions. It was just until now, with the endless capabilities provided by 3D technologies, which we have been able-bodied to turn it into a successful replication.

Jeremy Kobus, Director of The Gate Museum, commented on the historic project saying:

“Throughout history, there are always instances where the many precious works of art get destroyed or broken. In the past, this disappearance intended items were lost forever. That’s why we are so heavily invested in the artistic value of 3D printing. Committed to working at the intersection of innovation and art, we see the immense future of 3D printing for educational applications. Teaming with Stratasys and KSU’s 3DCenter, our hope is to donate creates far too few have actually tried to attempt.”


3D rendering of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia (The Gates Museum)

Finding lost history

The Gate Museum partnered with Stratasys and Kennesaw State University to create the replication. The new statue meacertains to of 6-feet-tall and was printed in sections on the Stratasys Fortus 900mc printing device. The replica is created out of thermoplastics instead as opposed to the original wood and gold.

In the same vein as printed sculptures featured in MyMiniFactory’s Scan the World project, the new statue is not intended to replace its monumental predecessor, but stands to represent a larger historic concept which was once lost throughout years of human conflict. Sig Behrens, General Manager of Global Education at Stratasys explained the expanding importance of 3D technologies in history, saying:

“Artists around the world are being liberated by the full-fledged realism created possible by Stratasys 3D printing innovation. Having the ability to create and 3D print via highly durable-bodied materials with hard geometries and the top levels of accuracy, museums can re-introduce a few of history’s many treacertaind works. Teaming with Stratasys, institutions are completely transforming education and learning – as students and museum visitors are now able-bodied to grasp the power of forgotten classic art. 3D printing is the quite impetus sparking a highly realistic learning experience – ensuring these essential pieces of history are never again forgotten.”

Take a appear at the just about accomplished sculpture at a lower place and if you can, be certain to visit the amazing Gates Museum exhibit later this month!


3D printed Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Stratasys)


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