The Moon in your hands: San Fran startup shows off new 3D printed LUNARJune 12, 2019 at 11:36 (GMT) · Published
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, San Francisco-based startup AstroReality (AR) showcased a perfected version of their 3D Printed LUNAR in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Designers spent two-and-a-half years improving the details of the small globe displaying the Moon's topography, brought about by 3D technology, and making it the most accurate model in the world.
"We use the world's most accurate 3D printing. Print the moon model with a 3D print accuracy of 0.006 mm per pixel, then manually grind and colour. Finally we made this LUNAR. It is now probably the finest lunar model in the world," explained Qiying Xie from AstroReality.
Each prototype was built, crafted and tested in accordance to NASA’s LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) data to ensure unparalleled scientific accuracy.
AR technology is also available for astronomy enthusiasts to learn about the Moon through a smartphone app.