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Students 3D Print Diorama of Ancient Chinese History

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Using Shining 3D scanning and printing tech, students at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts have brought ancient history to life, 3D printing the appointment of Tso Tsung-Tang, a minister of the late Qing Dynasty.

There have been a few exhibitions featuring 3D printed artwork over the years. But none are quite like this miniature display created by a team of Chinese artists to showcase the country’s traditional culture.

Professor Nan Yu at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts has been leading a team of sculpture students to utilize 3D scanning and printing technologies for their latest creation. Together, the team created a display of the appointment of Tso Tsung-Tang, one of four important ministers of the late Qing Dynasty.

The finished creation pays tribute to Chinese tradition of ancient academy culture and the respect paid toward teachers.

Appointment of Tso Tsung-Tang display. (Image: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts)

Pint-Sized History

Each figure of the display has been expertly crafted. At a size of just 10 centimeters each, they have been perfectly placed to reproduce the scene.

The artistic process began with the concept design. Nan Yu initially created the draft for the scene in line with ancient tradition.

Members of his team then put on costumes and displayed various poses. These were 3D scanned using the EinScan-Pro from Shining 3D.

Team members put on costumes and perform poses for 3D scanning. (Image: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts)

Following the 3D data collection, the data was modified and modeled to develop the architecture of the scene. Characters were put into poses and arranged according to the initial design.

The scenes and figures were 3D printed using the Shining 3D iSLA 350 SLA 3D printer.

The combination of art and 3D technology can make the abstract history representational, allowing more public to relive history, experience the traditional virtual of respecting teachers, and memorizing the historical people and events,” explained Nan Yu.

The final display is yet another remarkable example of how 3D printing can help make history come alive.

Detail of final display. (Image: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts)

Source: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

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