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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Iran: Historical Preservation Through 3D Scanning + Printing

Iran Seeks to Restore Historical Monuments Through 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

Clare Scott | August 15, 2016

If you think philosophically about 3D printing and scanning technology, a lot of it is really about replacing what is lost – whether it’s a lost limb or a destroyed artifact. 3D technology, aside from its practical purposes in manufacturing and industry, is about rescuing and restoring, rebuilding and revitalizing.
Thanks to terrorism and war, not to mention the slow destruction caused by time, a lot of beautiful art and architecture is being lost – but governments, cultural organizations and artists have been harnessing 3D scanning and printing to make sure that nothing is ever lost forever.
In San Francisco, Morehshin Allahyari is tackling the loss of artifacts from an artistic perspective. We discussed her 3D-printing preservation project on a couch in AutoDesk's Pier 9 offices, where artists-in-residence spend months working on engineering, art, and programming concepts using giant laser-cutters, metal and wood shops, and multiple kinds of 3D-printers. Allahyari just finished her four-month residency.
Allahyari is an Iranian-born artist and activist who moved to the U.S. in 2007 after studying social and media studies at the University of Tehran.

"One artist is recreating statues ISIS destroyed, using 3D-printing. Inside each artifact, an SD card contains all the historical and technical data." Source:
"from Morehshin Allahyari – Material Speculation." '“I think this project is a good example of how you can think of 3D printing, it’s more than this design tool, you can really think about it as a tool that allows for political activism,” said Allahyari in regards to the use of 3D technology and what she is trying to achieve.' (Replicating Artwork in 3D: Is it Ethical to Reproduce Valuable Artwork Destroyed by Terrorists? July 22, 2016) Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (3D printing for archeology and museology. 3D printing is very helpful in archeology and museology as it allows researchers to scan and replicate historical objects, to study them in depth and it also offers many interactions with the public. June 2015) and (One artist’s mission to 3D-print the artifacts that ISIS destroyed. ISIS destroyed artifacts dating back centuries. Morehshin Allahyari wants to make sure their history is preserved. July 16, 2015)>

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