Tim Zaman can paint like Van Gogh and Vermeer

written by Molly Quell, 26 September 2013, filed as article

Well not Tim Zaman himself, but his 3D printer. Zaman will be interviewed during TEDxDelft 2013 to talk about using 3D printers to recreate art.

Zaman, 25, is pursuing a PhD in photothermal tomography at TU Delft. He’s no stranger to the TEDxDelft stage, haven spoken during the very first TEDxDelft event. During that event, he attached a camera to a helium-filled balloon and released it. During his talk, he showed footage from the camera.

As part of his PhD research Zaman worked on a project to recreate Dutch masters paintings using a 3D printer. The scanners in the printers can help clarify what the paintings looked like before they were damaged by time. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is using similar technology to reproduce, among other works, Sunflowers. Zaman helped to reproduce a Van Gogh as well as two Rembrandts.

Zaman will be discussing the impact 3D printing will have on the future during his interview onstage at TEDxDelft.

Watch Tim talk about the process below.

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