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3D printing applied to Cultural Heritage: sculpture from Sergei Merkurov

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Sergei Merkurov


Sergei Merkurov (26.10.1881 – 8.06.1952), was a prominent Soviet sculptor-monumentalist of Greek-Armenian descent (Wikipedia).




Stadium of the Dynamo Moscow
Central Dynamo Stadium

In 1930 he created a massive bas-relief sculpture in a typical soviet-style for the Dynamo football stadium in Moscow.

Merkurov sculpture in MoscowOriginal bas-relief sculpture in Moscow

Due to climate and outside display, over time the condition of the sculpture deteriorated.

The remainder of the sculpture is planned to be moved to the new Dynamo stadium which is currently under construction (for the World Cup 2018 in Russia) .

Restoration of the Sergey Merkurov Original sculpture
restoration work

However, moving the bas-relief is a hazardous task and possible damage cannot be excluded.

Thanks to the additive manufacturing technology, our customer Krost (via Terem our Russian reseller), one of the most prominent Russian developers and construction companies, was able to replicate a 100 x 70 x 27 cm section of the Merkurov monument.

Replicate printed on the BigRep ONE 3d Printer

Printed with premium PLA 2,85 mm, on the BigRep ONE.2.

We are proud at BigRep to participate to the celebration and preservation of Russian cultural heritage.

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BigRep presents: Juergen Mayer H sculpture

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This project from BigRep realizes an architectural sculpture from the artist Juergen Mayer.

The design itself is developed out of a data protection pattern, which are the camouflaged patterns that you find on the inside of envelopes or when you get the pin code from your bank. BigRep transformed this design into the 3D printed sculpture, which was exhibited at the Haus am Wannsee in Berlin in the Spring of 2016.


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BigRep presents Eckwerk: 3D Printing for Large-Scale Architectural Models

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The Eckwerk architectural model is a complete large scale 3D printed model made on the BigRep One printer.
In order to print the model, the first stage was to translate the 3D model files that we received from the architects into a printable object.
The program that the architects use is already compatible for 3D printing.

With the BigRep one we created the largest serial 3D printer on the market, It redefines the standard for easy and professional 3D printing.
It is a great tool for architects, designers and artists to create large scale prototypes, molds and models.

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Sustainable 3D-Printed Furniture By NOWLab

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3D printing is a process that translates a digital file into a three dimensional object. Usually, a printer lays down layers and layers of an object until the whole form is created. Nowadays, the technology can be applied to create small medical implants used in chest surgery or life-size furniture for your home.


Berlin-based interdisciplinary design studio NOWLab delves into the latter and uses 3D printing to create furniture that strive to be sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. Founded by Jörg Petri and Daniel Büning in 2014, NOWLab combines architectural thinking with digital technologies in works that range from product design to urban plans. Earlier this year, the pair worked with 3D printing company BigRep to produce an innovative table/stool inspired by the rippled forms of Alaska’s Mendenhall glacier.

The stool was produced on a 1 meter³ volume 3D printer, one of the biggest on the market.

We spoke to the creative duo at their studio—which was filled with 3D-printed objects—about what it means to incorporate digital technologies in their designs, why nature is such a big influence and what makes NOWLab different from other design studios…

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Designing with Nature – The Architecture Foundation presents first-ever solo show of Exploration Architecture

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NOW OPEN – Designing with Nature: The Architecture Foundation presents first-ever solo show of Exploration Architecture
Showcasing Exploration’s working philosophy and embracing 3D printing’s capacity for radically increased resource efficiency, the exhibition’s central installation takes the form of a long sweeping display designed to showcase innovative SKO software – a structural optimisation computer programme based on the adaptive growth patterns of trees and bones – and has been created with support from large-scale 3D printing pioneer Lukas Oehmigen of BigRep.