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3D Printed Realism from Stratasys Helps Bring Ancient Artifacts to Life


Google Arts and Culture re-creates forgotten history with Stratasys
J750 3D Printer -
advancing new possibilities for learning,
education, and art appreciation

Underscoring the power of realism in 3D printed models, Stratasys
(NASDAQ:SSYS) and Google
Arts and Culture
are re-imagining some of the world's most cherished
artifacts and historical monuments through additive manufacturing.
Backed by advanced color and multi-material functionality of the
Stratasys J750 3D Printer, historians can now re-create these items
digitally and physically – raising both awareness and accessibility of
ancient history.

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A 3D printed model of Ayutthaya temple in Thailand, produced using the Stratasys J750 (Graphic: Busi ...

A 3D printed model of Ayutthaya temple in Thailand, produced using the Stratasys J750 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Google Arts and Culture is capitalizing on Stratasys technology for its Open
Heritage Project
- designing and creating historical pieces with
multi-material and multi-color 3D printed prototypes. With 3D printing,
these remains can be more effectively preserved and shared– with files
available for download around the world. The result is enhanced
accessibility, in-depth understanding, and enriched appreciation of
centuries-old cultures.

"The project was to explore physically making these artifacts in an
effort to get people hooked and excited about seeing pieces in a museum
or research context. That's when we turned to 3D Printing," said Bryan
Allen, Design Technologist at Google. "With the new wave of 3D Printed
materials now available, we're able to deliver better colors, higher
finish, and more robust mechanical properties – getting much closer to
realistic prototypes and final products right off the machines."

The Stratasys
J750 3D Printer
offers some of the broadest color ranges for
creation of highly realistic models. Leveraging more than a half million
distinguishable colors and materials – from rigid to opaque, flexible to
transparent – design teams can better align output with design
objectives - all while streamlining iterations and advancing
functionality of 3D printed models.

One of the major initiatives for Google Arts and Culture is restoration
of rare plaster casts initially discovered by A.P. Maudslay during the
late 1800s in Guatemala. For more than 100 years, these relics were
housed across storage facilities in the British Museum. By leveraging 3D
laser scanners to virtually re-assemble each, designers successfully
reconstructed these items in physical form with Stratasys 3D printing –
later allowing representations to be easily viewed by a wider audience

"The J750 empowers designers to actually achieve their ultimate goal –
matching the final 3D print to what is initially seen on the screen.
Combining rich colors and translucency in a single print, designers and
engineers can build models with heightened levels of accuracy and
realism – mirroring opaque or transparent structures, and even complex
materials like rubber," said Rafie Grinvald, Enterprise Product Director
of Rapid Prototyping, Stratasys. "Our relationship with Google Arts and
Culture is the perfect demonstration of 3D printing paying off – with
models that look and feel like the real thing."

Key pieces of the Google Arts and Culture Open Heritage Project are
available anytime online – exploring the backstory and 3D printed
representation of each historical location. Visitors can access the
models at

"When we talk to arts and culture preservationists, historians, and
museum curators – they're all absolutely amazed by the ability to
fabricate these things with such high fidelity via 3D printing
technology," concluded Allen.

For a closer look into the work Google Arts and Culture is doing with
Stratasys, please click here.

Stratasys is a global leader in additive manufacturing or 3D
printing technology, and is the manufacturer of FDM® and
PolyJet™ 3D Printers. The company's technologies are used to create
prototypes, manufacturing tools, and production parts for industries,
including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products and
education. For 30 years, Stratasys products have helped manufacturers
reduce product-development time, cost, and time-to-market, as well as
reduce or eliminate tooling costs and improve product quality. The
Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise includes: 3D
printers, materials, software, expert services, and on-demand parts
production. Online at:, and

Stratasys is a registered trademark and the Stratasys J750 and
Stratasys signet are trademarks of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its
subsidiaries or affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.

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