Oct.7, 2013

In collaboration with Dutch museum De Nieuwe Kerk and the Chinese Nanjing Museum, Leapfrog 3D printers will print the entire Forbidden City for the Ming exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

From October 5th 2013 until 2 February 2014, two printers will be working day and night to print all 980 buildings including temples, halls, houses, gates, towers, bridges and walls. Visitors can watch the printers live at work and see the buildings being added to the floor plan daily.

The Forbidden City was the location from where Chinese emperors ruled starting from 1422. The city was finished in 1420 and was in use until 1924. The emperor and his family, his household and concubines were the only ones allowed within the walls of the city.

The Forbidden City is 750 by 960 meter, and the model at De Nieuwe Kerk will be printed on scale 1:300. To print these 980 buildings the company had to create the 3D files for mosting of them from scratch. On average it takes 4.5 hours to print a temple, bridge, port, or tower.

Leapfrog 3D Printers is a Dutch producer of affordable 'plug and play'3D printers. Founded in 2012 by 4 friends the company's aim is to guide businesses and educational institutes in capturing all the benefits of 3D printing. By printing the Forbidden City, Leapfrog wants to showcase the possibilities the 3D print technique offers to architects, designers and artists and have a large audience experience 3D printing.

Images credit: Leapfrog

From 5 October 2013 to 2 February 2014, De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will present Ming: Emperors, Artists and Merchants in Ancient China. This exhibition tells the story of China's Ming dynasty (1368–1644). In collaboration with the Nanjing Museum, one of China's leading museums, De Nieuwe Kerk will host an exclusive collection of original Ming artefacts, complemented by classic delftware from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and a series of exquisite erotic drawings from the private collection of Ferdinand Bertholet.


 

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