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3D printing brings ancient Yungang Grottoes to world

3D printing brings ancient Yungang Grottoes to world

Written by David

June 15, 2020

With 3D printing and high-fidelity digital technologies, the immovable Yungang Grottoes, the 1,500-year-old masterpieces of Chinese Buddhist art, took its first step out into the wider world.


The world’s first mobile 3D-printed 1:1 replica cave of the Yungang Grottoes made its debut Friday at the Museum of Art and Archaeology in east China’s Zhejiang Province. It was open to global visitors both offline and online.


“Entering the replica cave is like being in cave No. 12 of the Yungang Grottoes that stands more than 1,500 km away from here,” said Lu Jiwen, deputy director of the Yungang Grottoes Research Institute. Cave No. 12, also known as the Music Cave, was carved in the fifth century, with rich images of heavenly figures and musical instruments from home and abroad. These figures represented the earliest royal symphony orchestra in ancient China and played a vital role in the history of Chinese […]


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