by Harold Sorto February 07, 2017

Researchers from China's Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology have been evaluating whether 3D printing and scanning can help restore a historic building on campus. They want to restore a stone plinth that has been supporting a heavy column for years and might be deteriorating. In their paper, the researchers express that while existing techniques work they do suffer from technological limitations. Historical buildings are often made with materials that are not yet supported by large 3D printers, and they also contain complex patterns that cannot be recreated easily. 

In their paper, the researchers express that while existing techniques work they do suffer from technological limitations. Historical buildings are often made with materials that are not yet supported by large 3D printers, and they also contain complex patterns that cannot be recreated easily. While they were able to create a reproduction of the plinth through 3D scanning and printing it was still made with other materials. Their 3D printed objects were close to the original but they believe that the process will have to be changed for other buildings. 

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