3D Printing Technology Used to Create Replicas of Historic Buddhist Statues in China; Sarah Saunders; 3d Print

China – Yungang Grottoes

I re-watched one of my favorite movies this weekend, Hitch, about a New York City dating consultant played by Will Smith. While on an early morning date to Ellis Island with the woman he’s interested in, Hitch tells her, “You can’t really know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been,” right before he shows her where her great-great-grandfather signed his name when he entered America.

While the line didn’t work out so well for Hitch, it got me thinking about how one of the many advantages of 3D printing technology is its ability to fabricate recreations of our heritage and keep history alive. South Korea made its culture available online in 3D printable form, and Syria has used the technology to restore its heritage after brutal attacks by ISIS members destroyed several important pieces and buildings.

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