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May 23, 2014

3D printing creates 18th century objects

Madrid-based Factum Arte’s works are displayed at London’s Sloane Museum.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Digital mediation company Factum Arte has created 18th century objects and furniture with the latest scanning and 3D printing technologies.

The 3D printed designs were imagined by the Italian artist, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, in publications such as Diverse Maniere, Vasi and Candelabri that were never actually realised during his life.

The entire collection, called Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, is displayed at London’s Sloane Museum and focuses on Piranesi’s work in the decorative arts.

"The displays will consist of meticulous three dimensional reproductions of the objects, such as coffee pots, chairs, chimneypieces and antique candelabra, tripods and altars imagined by Piranesi," according to the museum.

The Madrid-based company, which recently used 3D printing to replicate Tutankhamun’s tomb, created a 3D model based on 2D drawings rather than scanning objects to create a digital 3D model, according to CNET.

The collection consists of eight pieces including a tripod featuring the Egyptian goddess Isis, an altar font and a tripod with a helix hanging in the centre.

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Find out more about the process for each object on the Factum Arte website.

Check out CBR’s latest list on the top 3D printers for 2014.

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