3D printing: the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu 3D model : amazingly detailed replica of the ancient Inca City in Peru

Posted By on Mar 21, 2011 |

Machu Picchu, the number one tourist attraction of Peru, was built around 1450, listed as a World Heritage site in 1983, and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

The entire “Lost City of the Incas” was modeled by Peter Olsen in 2010.

This detailed 3D model of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu (Peru) was created using data from a laser scan of the site conducted by the University of Arkansas. The model contains every building, every structure and every terrace in the entire city and is accurate to within 10cm (4″) over most of the site. The model also includes all structures and terraces at the top of Wayna Picchu, the mountain that is in the background in most photos of Machu Picchu.

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