South Korea Makes Cultural Heritage 100% 3D Printable

Celadon in South Korea refers to pottery made in the area between the 10th and 14th centuries, but if you’d like your very own Celadon, that’s no problem.

That’s because the South Korean government has decided to make it’s collection of historical artifacts readily accessible around the world in 3d printable form through a file library based in Asia.

That file library is 3Dupndown, and up until the announcement from South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), the site offered jewelry, fashion, home goods, electronics cases and other types of 3d printable items to it’s users which it serves in 8 different languages.

“There is plenty of international interest in Korea’s cultural heritage which was 3D printed and displayed at Pangyo Startup Campus,” 3Dupndown CEO Alex. P. Hong said, referring to a South Korean technology incubator. “A lot of people around the world will download it, as 3D printers have been already commercialized abroad. We hope that this will be an opportunity to promote Korea’s cultural heritage through 3D printing and contribute to the development of the 3D printing industry.”

Similar projects exist here in the United States, such as the Smithsonian X3D, which has made dozens of historical artifacts available for 3d printing, including the Apollo 11 Command Module earlier this year.

“Users can click ‘Korean Museum’ on the 3Dupndown website and download Korea’s cultural heritage,” the project managers told reporters this week. “3Dupndown will steadily update around 2,000 pieces of Korea’s cultural heritage which are 100% 3D printable.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate in London and other leading cultural institutions around the world are all looking at ways to make their collections more interactive through 3d scanning, printing and virtual reality.

We can now add the South Korean government to that list.

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