3D Printing Ancient Artefacts, The Khosro Cup
‘Empires of Faith’, a British Museum and Oxford University research project, approached IPF with a project to help bring their research to life, by 3D Printing a piece for a major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, `Imagining the Divine`
IPF’s challenge was to 3D Print an exact replica of the Khosro Cup, a Sasanian Persian artefact in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The Khosro Cup, also known as the Cup of Solomon, is a stunning and intricate Sasanian Persian vessel made of gold, garnets, rock crystal, and glass. Dating back to the sixth century AD, in the later period of Sasanian rule. At the center is an enthroned king, Khosro I. (Credit Rachel wood, Empires of Faith)
“IPF did a fantastic job of guiding us through the 3D printing process, and we are delighted with the result. Even though the exhibition has only just opened, the Khosro Cup model has had wonderful feedback from visitors, whether members of the public, academics, or Sasanian specialists. We are grateful for Adam’s dedication that meant we could grab this unique opportunity to make the replica.”
Dr Rachel Wood, Empires of Faith research project, The British Museum & Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
How did we do it?
Printing in 16 micron layers (0.016 mm) acrylic based liquid photopolymer jets onto a build tray, and each layer cured by UV light. Support material is then removed and carefully cleaned by our experienced and highly skilled technicians.
The Cup was then sent to Cliveden Conservation, Taplow, for careful painting by hand of the garnet and green glass, and finally adding gold leaf.
Adam Bloomfield, 3D print Manager at IPF quotes, ‘3D Printing is a revolutionary technology with endless possibilities making ideas become reality. IPF were privileged to watch it materialise and be part of a 21st century incarnation of a precious ancient artefact`
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