Do you support the 3D printing being applied to restore relics?
Nov 13, 2018 22:59
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Recently, the giant Buddha statue in No.18 Cave of Yungang Grottoes in Datong City, Shanxi Province has been copied through the 3D printing technology. People are happy to see the 3D printing helps to restore relics while someone is worrying about it may be used to make counterfeits. How do you like it? Do you think the 3D printing is a good tool to restore relics or to make counterfeits?

By the 3D printing, it brings a lot of convenience for the experts to restore antiques. Also, it makes much easier for more visitors to see those precious relics. In fact, it becomes more and more common to use the technology to restore relics in the world and it does play a big role. However, the high similarity between the replica and the real ones disturb some people. They think it will be used to counterfeit for profit making, especially in artwork market.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a good technology to restore those lost or damaged relics, which is very important to the history research. However, the use of it should be ruled strictly to prevent from being abused.
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