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3D printed Realism from Stratasys helps bring ancient artifacts to life.

aaron pearson
Aaron Pearson March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020

Google Arts and Culture Re-creates Forgotten History with Stratasys J750

Stratasys and Google Arts and Culture are re-imagining some of the world’s most cherished artifacts and historical monuments through additive manufacturing. Using the Stratasys J750 3D Printer, historians can now re-create ancient artifacts and historical monuments both digitally and physically.

Google Arts and Culture is using Stratasys technology for its Open Heritage Project. With 3D printing, ancient remains can be more effectively preserved and shared, with files available for download around the world. This not only raises awareness but also the accessibility of ancient history. “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.

 Capabilities of the Stratasys J750 3D Printer

The Stratasys J750 3D Printer is able to recreate pieces using advanced color and multi-material functionality. It 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 their design objectives. “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.
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“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.

Visit to learn more about the Google Arts and Culture Open Heritage Project and to access the models.