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A mythic story... About Kouros

Materialise NV : 24 September, 2002  (Company News)
A remarkable statue is standing in the hall of the Materialise headquarters in Leuven, attracting attention of anyone entering the building. It is a reproduction of the ancient Greek Kouros sculpture with a length of almost 6 feet.
The making of this Kouros statue was part of the ECO-marble project in which Materialise is involved. This project concerns the reproduction of sculptures, for which different techniques were studied. Other participants of the project besides Materialise were GEO-Analysis (taking care of the scanning of the sculptures), the Focke Museum in Bremen, The Fitzwilliam Museum of Archeology of Cambridge and the Archaeological Receipts Fund in Athens.

The aim for Materialise was to make a life size 'replica' of Kouros. A Kouros is considered today as one of the most distinctive products of the Archaic era, the period of ancient Greek history from about 650 to 500 B.C. In this period Kouros life size sculptures were used to mark graves or stood near temples as gifts dedicated to the gods. A Kouros was always an athletic-looking male nude standing in a frontal pose. His left foot was slightly forward, his arms were held close to his sides and occasionally bent at the elbows. His hands were clenched. Kouroi were not portraits of people, but a more general representation of youth and strength.

After a preparation time for the scanned data of one day, Materialise built the Kouros on its MammothII machine. This stereolithography machine with a build area of 2150x 620x500mm built the statue with a layer thickness of 0.15mm. The part was ready after 99h, 22min. and 55s.

Lifting the Kouros out of the machine. Being about 1,86m high and with a volume of 10 litres and a wall thickness of 5mm, this life size Kouros had taken 16 kg of Poly1500 resin. The weight of the statue after removing the support structures was about 11 kg.
After covering the statue with an UV-paint, Kouros was ready to stand up straight.

Standing steadily on his feet, this prototype statue - perfectly illustrating Materialise' giant stereolithography capacity - would from now be the centre of curiosity for visitors of the Materialise booth on fairs all over Europe. We gladly tell you its mythic story...
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