Engadgets is proud to announce the release of its first ever 3D printed model of CUNEIFI: a replica of the famous Sumerian city of Ur, a model designed by renowned Ur-expert John McTigue and made by 3D Systems, Inc. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation and 3D Printing Initiative, aims to help scholars, scholars of ancient Mesopotamia, archaeologists and historians understand and appreciate the complex cultural history of Ur.
The Ur-Expert John Tigue is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and is the author of The Lost City of Ur: An Ancient Sumerological Text.
McTugal’s model was created in a 3-D printer, a machine that prints plastic objects on a printed circuit board.
Mc Tugal’s project has been in the works for several years, but has never been fully funded.
“We are excited to be able to offer our team of experienced 3D printer builders a first look at this ambitious project,” said Mc Tigue.
“The project will be a tremendous educational tool for the student and educator alike.
It will help us to better understand the complex relationship between the Mesopotamian peoples, as well as to develop new ways of thinking about the subject of archaeology.”
3D printing has been on the rise in recent years, with many high-end commercial printers available for home use, but Mc Terguson said it would be great to see a model printed on a more affordable machine.
“When I first saw this 3D model, I was very excited,” said Tigue, “but it was also very intimidating.”
The project has already received funding from the National Geographic Society, and Mc Taugural hopes to receive a full-scale print of the model by the end of the year.
Mc tugal’s full-size model of Ur is approximately 50 feet tall and includes approximately 8,000 bricks.
The model is made from a lightweight, 3D plastic, and the team of 3D printers are currently working on making it more durable.
The team plans to complete the model sometime in 2018.
3D models of Mesopotami structures and artifacts are becoming increasingly popular as scholars and historians study the Mesoamerican past.
Many of the ancient structures are found in Iraq, but there are also a number of Mesoamaniac cities found throughout the Middle East, including Babylon, Babylonica, Nineveh, and Babylon in the northern region of Mesedia, which is believed to have been the capital of the Assyrian Empire.
Mc Tighe believes that this 3-dimensional model will provide scholars, historians, and archaeologists with a better understanding of the historical, cultural, and archaeological context surrounding Ur.
“In order to properly understand the city, scholars will need to know the language and vocabulary of Ur and its inhabitants,” said Triguid Mc Tugan, Ph.
D., Professor of History and Director of the University’s Department of History.
“I hope this 3d model will inspire students to look deeper into their own past and understand what it means to be part of this city.”