Will you interest to visit a replicated version of the Egyptian King Tut’s tomb using 3D printing technology? Or you will miss the scent of the past? Since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, many tourists come from all around the world to see this amazing discovery and enjoy the talented paintings on the walls.
Subsequently, the human breathe, temperature, and humidity affected the original paint and cause a lot of damages and crack in the ancient tomb that may lead to site collapsing. Can the 3D printing technology prevent this catastrophic end?
The Spanish 3D printing firm, Factum Arte, is using the 3D scanning and printing technology to restore ancient heritage. While ago, they started an initiative to 3D scan the tomb and create a 3D printed replica for the chamber walls, objects and painting that opened in Luxor on April 30.
With the current unrest and tourism crisis in Egypt, the project becomes more important and the Spanish company is planning to extend the project to create a replica for other tombs such as Tuthmosis III, Nefertari and Seti I.
The tomb replica is accurate enough to amaze the experts themselves, but will tourists who come from different sides of the globe to see it satisfy looking to a replica? Will they understand the danger that face the original tomb and the need to safe it? this change may cause further decrease in tourists’ interest to visit the location, which will add more suffer for the tourism industry that already suffered a lot since the Egyptian revolution in Jan 25, 2011.
The Associated Press video footage below shows the 3D scanning and printing for the tomb and what experts think in it.