Birdseye view of Amatrice before the earthquake. Image via: appenninico.it

Birdseye view of Amatrice before the earthquake. Image via: appenninico.it

The 3D printed Amatrice model

The intricate model was showcased during the October Maker Faire in Rome. It was printed using DWS’ own printers and materials, solely using its XFAB system which was also recently showcased in the UK at iMakr’s digical show. DWS put forward the project in collaboration with Slic3r creator Alessandro Ranellucci, and the architect Michele Calvano.

DWS XFAB printers

DWS XFAB printers Image via: Digital Wax Systems

In order to produce the smoothest finish, the model was created using the XFAB machine which uses stereolithography (SLA). This process involves the solidification of liquid photosensitive resins using light. The SLA process allowed the team to produce a smooth surface, with precision details and they believe the model is a highly accurate representation of the town’s buildings. Due to the scale and intricacy of the project a total of 8 separate XFAB machines were used and the printing of each block took about four hours. The machines used were the entry level non-professional XFAB machines and this showcases the strong capabilities of these 3D printing systems.
Amatrice Model 2

The Amatrice Model and its many pieces Image via: Digital Wax Systems

The model takes the form of several blocks of 12.5 cm x 12.5 cm combining to produce the 4 m x 2 m model town. The 3D printed models have a minimal amount of post production, they are simply given a quick wash and a cycle of UV curing.

Individual piece of the Amatrice model

Individual piece of the Amatrice model Image via: Digital Wax Systems

The impressive model has since been donated to the Municipality of Amatrice as a sign of goodwill and support for the victims of the tragedy.

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