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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head


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Meeting Michaelangelo's "David" eye to eye.

Making the replica of the 16th-century marble statue involved 40 hours of digital scanning of the original artwork in Florence, Italy, followed by designers creating a three-dimensional digital model, and then building the statue from filaments of recycled plastic material on the giant three-dimensional printer.

Credit: Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press

The world's fair that opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 1 showcases a three-dimensionally (3D) printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.

The organizers said designers spent 40 hours digitally scanning the original sculpture in Florence, then produced a 3D digital model and printed it from filaments of recycled plastic using one of the world's largest 3D printers.

The replica is arranged so visitors see the head first, while the lower body stands on the conference floor below.

Italian pavilion official Davide Rampello said visitors are meant to view the statue eye to eye, to highlight how society is losing its memory by recording experiences digitally.

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