otzi the iceman to be 3D printed

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Understanding one’s place in the Universe requires an belief of all things that led up to one’s creation. For this reason, I’m always fascinated by our ancestors of thousands of years ago. How did they live? What cultural practices did they have? How did they die? One group of scientists, historians, and archeologists have pursued answers to these inquiries in relation to one solitary individual murdered over 5,000 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman. To learn additional of Ötzi, Europe’s oldest-known effortless mummy, this interdisciplinary team has made an precise replica of the mummy with 3D printing.

gary staab painting 3d printed otzi the iceman

After what a few believe to be a four-person attack and/or ritual sacrifice, Ötzi was frozen in ice, with his remains remarkably in tact. His discovery in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border has allowed researchers great insight into life in almost 3,300 BCE. In a NOVA special airing February 17, the secrets of Ötzi can be uncovered, as well as the secrets that went into replicating the iconic Iceman.

Whilst the remains of Ötzi are on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy, paleo-artist Gary Staab was invited to turn it into an precise replica of the mummy, therefore enabling a greater number of individuals to learn of the five-thousand-year-old. To do so, Staab took advantage of Materialise’s Mammoth SLA system, resulting in a huge 5’5″-tall printed copy of the Iceman, over that Staab sculpted skin textures and painted to render a lifelike edition of the deceased.

3D printed iceman

The entire system can be illustrated on February 17th, which include what Gary tells me is great footage of the recreation of Ötzi the Iceman. And PBS promises to reveal “surprising secrets hidden in his genetic code”. Combined, this is one NOVA special not to be missed. And, if you take place to be in Kansas City, Missouri in the future night, you catch the show and a Q&A with Staab at Union Station for free.

Michael Molitch-Hou

About The Author

Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so that you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.