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Additive Manufacturing for archaeological reconstruction of a medieval ship

Soe, Shwe, Eyers, Daniel Roy ORCID:, Jones, Toby and Nayling, Nigel 2012. Additive Manufacturing for archaeological reconstruction of a medieval ship. Rapid Prototyping Journal 18 (6) , pp. 443-450. 10.1108/13552541211271983

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Purpose - This paper examines the suitability of Additive Manufacturing technologies in the reconstruction of archaeological discoveries as illustrative models. The processes of reverse engineering and part fabrication are discussed in detail, with particular emphasis placed on the difficulties of managing scaling and material characteristics for the manufacturing process. Design/methodology/approach - Through a case-based approach, this paper examines the reconstruction of a 15th-century ship recovered from next to the river Usk in South Wales, UK. Through interviews and process data, this paper identifies challenges for both archaeologists and manufacturers in the application of Additive Manufacturing technologies for reconstruction applications. Findings - This paper illustrates both the suitability of Additive Manufacturing in archaeological restoration, but also the challenges incumbent from this approach. It demonstrates the practical considerations of scaling processes and materials, whilst also highlighting techniques to improve accuracy and mechanical properties of the model. Originality/value - Whilst the technologies of Additive Manufacturing have previously been applied to model making, little scholarly research has considered the practical techniques of design elicitation and manufacturing for archaeological applications. This case study highlights the principal considerations in these applications, and provides guidance in the mitigation of manufacturing issues.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Additive manufacturing; Advanced manufacturing technologies; Archaeology; Modelling; Reverse engineering; Ships
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1355-2546
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:47

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