This paper reviews the role of how rapid prototyping (RP), or additive manufacturing (AM), has helped reproduce replica models and convey ideas in an archaeological context. The key benefits are looked at, as well some continuous limitations. 3D printing has received a lot publicity in both professional engineering contexts and in mainstream media recently. Archaeology, once considered a niche area for AM, is now regarded as regular application and the possibilities for developing it further are clearly apparent.
|Published - 2014