Do you remember this project in Amsterdam, where 3D printers were working day and night to print out an entire city? Well, this Monday we got the news that it’s finally finished. Two 3D printers in the New Church have succeeded in printing out as many as 980 mini-buildings.
We hear you thinking: so why would you print out a miniature version of a city? And what city are we talking about? Well, for starters: this has been a part of the Ming exhibition in the New Church of Amsterdam, which is a collaboration between the New Church and the Chinese Nanjing Museum for the Ming. The goal was to print out a mini-version of the Forbidden City of Beijing. This used to be the hometown of many Chinese emperors of the Ming and Qing-Dynasty.
The team has used two 3D printers to print out the Forbidden City, which is 750 by 960 meters, on a 1:300 scale. The estimated time to print out a mini-building was four hours, and the team expected to get the job done in about three months. However, it took them a little longer, as the project already started on October 5th. Visitors are still able to take a look at what is thought to be the first 3D printed city in the world, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. If you would like to take a look at this 3D mini-version of 980 Beijing houses, then it’s useful to know that the exhibition continues until February 2nd.
We cannot confirm whether the next 3D project will have something to do with printing out nine million bicycles or not, but we’re sure a certain British singer knows all about it.
Credits image: Leapfrog.