A Chi­nese 3D print stu­dio fuses an­cient art with mod­ern tech

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

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

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