A fifth-century BC Greek statue, so huge and revered it was tagged as one of the “Sactually Wonders of the Ancient World,” is being replicated – slightly additional compact – by Stratasys 3D printing equipment. The 3D printed adaptation of the Statue of Zeus at OIympia, based on the original made by the sculptor Phidias in 422 BC, can be the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Atlanta’s Millenium Gate Museum, timed for the opening of the 2016 Olympics. Entitled “The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio,” the exhibition opens August 20, 2016 and runs until January 2, 2017, and it showcases
Greek artifacts of The Hearst Castle Collection in San Simeon, California, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.
The original statue, to honor the mightiest Greek god, Zeus, was planned and created at the temple in Olympia over the course of additional than a decade. It was created on a wood frame with gold and ivory panels and stood at over 40 feet tall. The statue kept watch over the temple for of
800 years preceding it was destroyed, allegedly in a fire, 1,500 years ago. Preserved for posterity on ancient Greek coins, this ambitious homage to this monumentally well-known landmark has been powered by the true-to-life realism of 3D printing.
Bringing the Legend to Life
Stratasys additive making has remade this legendary statue for the firstly time since its destruction. Based on an first image of the piece, designers working with a team at Kennesaw State University in Georgia translated the rendering into a CAD file via 3D modeling software. The team 3D printed the statue on a powerful Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. The Fortus 900mc empowers
users to 3D print tiny to sizeable parts with unmatched accuracy and throughput. FDM is the only major additive making innovation to use production-grade thermoplastics for the many durable parts – a great
thing for Zeus since he can be displayed outside!
The work is being announced at the Millenium Gate Museum in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games, held in Atlanta in 1996.
“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,” said Jeremy Kobus, Director of The Gate Museum. “Committed to working at the intersection of innovation and art, we see the immense
future of 3D printing for educational applications. Alongside Stratasys and the educators at Kennesaw State University, our hope is to donate designs far too few have actually tried to attempt.”
The recreation of Zeus is only one example of the awe-inspiring, thunderbolt-throwing power of Stratasys FDM 3D printing. We are excited to assist return the legend to his throne.