Reconstructing the Forbidden City

Source, 3dprinterhub 04 April 2012:

From the article:

The Forbidden City has-at least to Western eyes- been shrouded in mystery
over the course of its almost-600-year history, and the headlines it's
making today tell a classic tale, not only of East meeting West, but of
Old meeting New. It turns out, the Forbidden City is about to undergo
an extreme home makeover of monumental proportions but, instead of
construction crews, the renovators will be using 3D printers.
China's Palace Museum-with funding from the Chinese government-has
tasked Loughborough University in the UK to restore select antiquities
in the Forbidden City using 3D printing.
Located in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City took some 15 years
to construct and served both as China's political center and home to its
emperors from the palace's completion in 1420 to the end of the Qing
Dynasty in 1912. The palace grounds encompass upwards of a thousand
buildings within its sprawling 180-acre complex and currently houses
the Palace Museum, which had recently undertaken a 16-year restoration
project to repair those buildings to their pre-1912 glory.
PhD student Fangjin Zhang-along with her colleagues at Loughborough Design
School in the East Midlands of England-had, for a number of years, been
looking into the use of 3D printing as means to restore sculptures and
archaeological relics. According to a Loughborough press release, Zhang
developed a "formalized approach tailored specifically to the restoration
of historic artifacts." After reviewing Zhang's techniques, the Palace
Museum then invited Loughborough researchers to repair several Forbidden
City artifacts, including the ceiling and enclosure of a pavilion in
the Emperor Chanlong Garden.