Jan.27, 2014

Breaking 3D news from Amsterdam: the 3D printed Forbidden City is finished. Since October 5th 2013, two Leapfrog 3D printers have been working day and night to print a replica of the Forbidden City. All 980 buildings – including temples, halls, houses, gates, towers, bridges and walls – have been printed on a 1:300 scale.

Image credit: Leapfrog

The 3D printed Forbidden City was made as a collaboration between the Dutch museum De Nieuwe Kerk and the Chinese Nanjing Museum for the Ming exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Visitors have been able to watch the printers live at work and see the buildings being added to the floor plan daily.

Image credit: Leapfrog

The exhibition ends next next week, but, until then, the entire 3D printed Forbidden City will be on display. So if you find yourself in Amsterdam – head over to De Nieuwe Kerk and enjoy.


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