Our latest project involved the restoration of the Palace of Aegae’s facade, which required the creation of 14 plaster Simas for the pediment. To achieve this, we utilized a combination of cutting-edge 3D scanning, printing, and casting technology.
First, we scanned the original Sima using photogrammetry and generated a 3D model that was adapted to meet the restoration design requirements. This model was then used to produce the Simas and Acroterions that adorn the facade of the building.
Next, we created a mold designed for easy assembly, consisting of six PLA (polylactic acid) plastic parts printed using FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D processing technology. The parts were assembled using metric screws, allowing for the creation of multiple Simas.
Using this mold, we cast 14 Simas using 12 kilograms of plaster and other pigments based on the project conservator’s recipe. The same mold was also used to cast infills for existing ancient Simas, further contributing to the restoration of this magnificent historical site.
Our meticulous attention to detail and use of cutting-edge technology has ensured that the Palace of Aegae’s facade has been restored to its former glory, with the Simas serving as a testament to the enduring beauty of classical architecture.