Category Archives: Archaeology

Update: Today, Ötzi the Iceman is Reborn with 3D Printing on PBS

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Understanding one’s place in the Universe requires an understanding of everything that led up to one’s creation. For this reason, I’m always fascinated by our ancestors from 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 questions in relation to one solitary individual murdered over 5,000 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman. To learn more about Ötzi, Europe’s oldest-known natural mummy, this interdisciplinary team has created an exact replica of the mummy with 3D printing.…

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Threeding Brings Greek Artifacts Back from Antiquity for 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

After partnering with Artec 3D in 2014, Threeding.com has used the company’s 3D scanning technology to digital capture hundreds of Ancient Greek artifacts, which are now all available on their 3D printing marketplace. Located on the Threeding.com website, customers can find just about anything they’d wish to print from Greek antiquity, from the head of Zeus to the head of Hygeia and more.

To create the hundreds of printable artifacts, artist Krasimir Todorov, of ZN ART, worked with the Threeding team to scan and restore objects with Artec’s Spider and Eva scanners, as well the Artec Studio software.…

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Oxford Researcher Recovers Jurassic Epoch Fossils with 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

When it comes to higher-level academia, not many have utilized the full potential of 3D printing technology more than those studying archaeology, who have used 3D scanning, modeling, and printing in order to create complete 3D replicas of various fossilized creatures. One intriguing example came from University of Alaska professor Pat Druckenmiller, who, through 3D scanning and printing, discovered an entirely new species of dinosaur! This technology has continued to impact the field of geology, and has now been recognized as the method used by Oxford University researcher Dr.…

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UAE Revives Historical Sites with 3D Imaging Technology

By Tyler Koslow

One of the most effective ways to learn and progress as a society is through grasping our respective histories, which for better or worse, have inevitably led us to where we all stand today. Unfortunately, the Middle East is slowly losing parts of their history and heritage because of rising extremist groups throughout the area, as well as conflicts brought to the region. Although these extremist have set out to destroy archaeological sites and monuments, the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Museum of Future Foundation are combating this potential eradication of history with the help of 3D imaging.…

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Free 3D Printable of the Week: #NEWPALMYRA

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Though it is now agreed that there is no single cradle from which human societies formed, the Middle East has often been referred to as the cradle of civilization for the early Neolithic cities that were founded there.  Therefore, the landmarks and artifacts from the region are some of the oldest and most important to the greater human collective, in addition to those in East Asia and Mesoamerica.  War and conflict, however, are a threat to human life, both in its physical and symbolic form.…

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Sketchfab for Museums Boosts Cultural Preservation with 3D Scanning

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Today, 3D modeling community Sketchfab has taken a small step to better enable the preservation and sharing of cultural artifacts with the launch of Sketchfab for Museums and Cultural Heritage.  The program will both categorize all existing Sketchfab members related to such institutions in one browseable location and enable new museums obtain free business accounts on the site.

Cultural institutions from the Smithsonian to the British Museum have recognized the essential role that 3D scanning and 3D printing play in curatorial arts and education as a whole. …

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Up Close and Personal with Italian 3D Printing Innovation at MakerFaire Rome

By Davide Sher

Apart form the new announcements, which I will be covering in separate articles, the recent Maker Faire Rome – European Edition was an opportunity to get to see in person some of the biggest recent new products lunched by Italian 3D printing companies, especially those focused on making these technologies more affordable.

Apart from student movements manifesting outside (I explain the reasons why further down), this year’s edition was definitely a huge success on terms of participating public as well as for the number of exhibitors, announcements and talks (and not just because I held one too).…

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