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3D printing, museum objects and Noah’s Ark

December 12, 2012

The Apple fanboys over at Wired online have managed to put aside their tedious Apple is better than Samsung argument for long enough to focus on something else entirely – those clever boffins at Harvard who have used 3d scanning and printing technology to recreate a ceramic lion that was shattered some 3,000 years ago when Assyrians attacked the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nuzi, now in modern-day Iraq. You can read about it here.

And while I wouldn’t expect this to threaten the nature of museum collections, it does beg the question to what extent would the widespread use of this sort of technology start to alter our understanding of history, which is, of course, based hugely on an analysis of that which still exists.  Would our perception of the Tudors be different if Nonsuch Palace still existed?  And on a slightly less serious note, will this full-size model of Noah’s Ark give us any real insight into how Noah managed to fit all those animals in such a small space?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2012 11:53 pm

    I was discussing this very thing the other day with my students. 3d printing totally blows my mind. I need to see some in action…

  2. Alex Drago permalink
    December 14, 2012 9:06 am

    You know, they’re not prohibitively expensive.

    http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html?ac=AW2-3DP-6&gclid=CPeKurTFmbQCFefMtAodqlAA6g

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