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Recreating the Forbidden City with 3D printing

PhD students at Loughborough University are using 3D printing to help speed up the process of repairing artefacts from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

The museum - housed in a Chinese imperial palace known as the Forbidden City - is working on restoring thousands of individual relics, and it's time-consuming, fiddly work; everything needs to be measured, photographed, and then painstakingly repaired by hand. But Fangjin Zhang and her colleagues at Loughborough reckon they can use 3D scanning and printing to speed things up - and also to avoid damaging items any further.

Zhang has visited the museum to explain the techniques, and is now involved in a project to repair the ceiling and enclosure of a specific pavilion in the museum's garden.

Shiwei Wang, Director of the Ancient Architecture Department at the museum, said, "This is a good start, and we hope the research on these applications will continue as the prospects are very broad."

Read more about the project at Loughborough University's website, here.