Japanese high schoolers 3D print Buddhist statues to prevent theft from temples

Japanese high schoolers 3D print Buddhist statues to prevent theft from temples

High school students in Japan are learning how to use 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to help preserve traditional culture through the replication of statues from Buddhist temples. (Image: The Yomiuri Shimbun) While ancient monuments and relics in some parts of the world are facing threat of destruction , Japan is facing a different preservation challenge with its own historical artefacts: theft. Between the years 2010 and 2011, for instance, about 160 Buddhist statues were stolen from the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama. In an effort to help replace the missing statues and to prevent other sacred artefacts from […]

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