3D Printing Brings Rapid Prototyping To The World Of Art

What if artists could create life-sized monuments that would normally take six months to a year or longer to build, in a matter of hours, and do so at a fraction of the cost? What if museums were able to create digital backups of all of the masterpieces in their collections so they could produce exact replicas should pieces be badly damaged or stolen? The folks at Additive Workshop are using 3D scanning and printing to do just that, and it could forever change the way we look at art.

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What is 3D printing?

3D printing is a method of manufacturing everything from tools to shoes to jewelery, or even car and aerospace parts using a computer-controlled printer. The fundamental rule of 3D printing is that it’s an additive manufacturing technique, unlike machining, turning, milling, and sawing which are subtractive.

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