A Chinese 3D print studio fuses ancient art with modern tech
The small, ornate figurines look like relics of a bygone age: a serene Buddha’s head from the Tang dynasty, or a collection of stone-faced soldiers from the Qin era. The creation process, however, is decidedly modern. In northwest Shaanxi province’s capital of Xian, home to such historic sites as the clay Terracotta Army and the 1,000-year-old Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a small studio and factory uses 3D printing technology to replicate ancient art. “All the intricate details of the original design are preserved in a 3D mould,” Xi Xin, the president of the Xian Chizi Digital Technology company, said.
“Human workers may not be able to produce everything we want in the design, but the printer can do it all.” The firm, whose products are sold at museum shops and to personal collectors, is among the businesses taking advantage of China’s foray into 3D printing-a rapidly-growing industry that has been incorporated into the country’s national manufacturing strategy. “In the last five years, 3D printing in China has grown from a one billion yuan ($149 million) industry to a more than 100 billion yuan ($14.9 billion) industry,” Luo Jun, the head of the China 3D Printing Technology Industry Alliance, said. —AFP
CHINA: This undated handout from the Xi’an Chizi Digital Technology company shows products printed using 3D printing technology in Xian in China’s northern Shanxi province.—AFP