Lost statue of Zeus at Olympia recreated through 3D printing

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Modern technology has turned to the divine, recreating one of the Wonders of the Ancient World in the form of a 3D-printed statue of Zeus, the god that the original Olympic Games honoured.

Lost statue of Zeus at Olympia recreated through 3D printing
The 3D-printed replica of the Statue of Zeus is made of thermoplastic 
[Credit: Statasys]

Beginning on Aug. 20, the printed model of Zeus will be on display as part of an exhibition at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, the city that hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996.

The modern statue of Zeus was born thanks to an industrial 3D printer made by Stratasys, which created the sculpture in layers from the bottom up, according to a video the company released showing the process (see below).

Lost statue of Zeus at Olympia recreated through 3D printing
The Statue of Zeus will be the centerpiece of an exhibit at the Gates Museum in Atlanta, Georgia 
[Credit: Statasys]

But the original sculpture was much different, and its roots are in the Olympic Games of antiquity. Those games, which began in 776 B.C., honoured Zeus— as the Millennium Gate Museum explains in a statement about the new exhibit— and a giant statue of the him was crafted by Pheidias.

That one was 43 feet tall, based on a wooden frame, and had ivory plates and golden panels, the museum said. While no one knows exactly how this Wonder of the Ancient World was destroyed, it did last for over 800 years.

Lost statue of Zeus at Olympia recreated through 3D printing
The replica was painted to give it the ivory and gold finish of the original 
[Credit: Statasys]

The final replica of Zeus— which Stratasys said stands 6 feet tall—  will be part of an exhibit at the museum that will include ancient Greek items that date to over 2,500 years old.

One of the virtues of 3D printing is that since the files the objects are printed from are digital, they can be preserved and recreated.

“Throughout history, there are always instances where the most precious works of art get destroyed or broken. In the past, this disappearance meant items were lost forever. That’s why we’re so heavily invested in the artistic value of 3D printing,” Jeremy Kobus, the Millennium Gate Museum’s director, said in a statement.

The 3D printer that created the replica is a Stratasys Fortus 900mc. .

Author: Rob Verger | Source: Fox News [August 06, 2016]

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