Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum and Kennesaw State University leverage FDM-based 3D printing to resurrect world’s treasured Statue of Zeus at Olympia

The 3D printed replica is being re-created for one of the first times in history – and made possible by the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. Photo- Stratasys Ltd.

The 3D printed replica is being re-created for one of the first times in history – and made possible by the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. Photo- Stratasys Ltd.

ATLANTA, GA; MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, ISRAEL –August 19, 2016–  The 3DCenter at Kennesaw State University and Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum  are teaming up with a Minnesota-based 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, to resurrect one of the rarest pieces of art in Ancient Greece.

Leveraging the power of  Stratasys Ltd, and its Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, the team is unveiling a near-exact 3D printed replica of one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” – the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. This project represents one of the larger 3D printed classical works re-created via advanced Fused Deposition Modeling.

Imagined by sculptor Phidias in 432 B.C., the initial structure was designed on a wood frame with gold and ivory panels. Taking more than 12 years to construct, the ancient statue honored King of the Greek Gods, Zeus. It was destroyed in a fire during the 5th Century A.D., and artists and historians have struggled to recreate its presence for modern times. With a unique ability to maximize production-grade thermoplastics to create strong, dimensionally stable, and accurate 3D printed parts – Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology was the impetus to overcome these challenges. See the full re-creation of this treasured statue.

“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,” said Jeremy Kobus, Director of The Gate Museum. “Committed to working at the intersection of technology and art, we see the tremendous potential of 3D printing for educational applications. Teaming with Stratasys and KSU’s 3DCenter, our hope is to deliver creations far too few have even tried to attempt.”

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia will be the centerpiece of the museum’s newest exhibit “The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio”, opening August 20, 2016. The event features a range of Greek artifacts from The Hearst Castle Collection in San Simeon, CA and the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, GA. Underlying the exhibition will be an exploration of 3D printing as a recognized art form – and as an effective tool for the preservation of historical artifacts.

Learn more at: http://thegatemuseum.org/

 

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