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Dutch company offers advanced 3D printing to rebuild Notre Dame

Property & Construction

Concr3de has already created a replacement gargoyle for Notre-Dame using a 3D printer and ashes like those left by the fire

Spotted: Dutch company Concr3de has proposed rebuilding the Notre Dame using debris from the fire and a specially calibrated 3D printer. The process could potentially speed up the reconstruction and lower costs, according to the company.

The technology would ensure the reconstructed cathedral is more than a simple “copy”, Concr3de co-founder Eric Geboers told Dezeen. “Isn’t a copy just a fake? Simply copying, pretending there never was a fire, would be a historical forgery,” he said.

Using a 3D printer and material left over from the fire could also resolve some building challenges. For instance, there is a question about how to replace the giant oak beams used in the roof. The 3D printer would use a powder made from the ash and damaged limestone.

Concr3de has already created a 3D replica of one of the cathedral’s famed gargoyles, Le Stryge. It printed Le Stryge using its Armadillo White printer. The printer is calibrated to work with stone and stone-like materials. It used a similar method to recreate part of Palmyra’s Monumental Arch in Syria, after it was damaged by ISIS. The company believes it is also possible to 3D print replacement stone vaults.

Email: info@concr3de.com

Website: www.concr3de.com

Contact: www.concr3de.com/contact

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