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Updating Asia’s 1000-Year-Old Mid-Autumn Festival with 3D Printed Chinese Lanterns

Tradtional Chinese lantern 3D printed on the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-color, Multi-material 3D Printer
Tradtional Chinese lantern 3D printed on the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-color, Multi-material 3D Printer

Among the many traditional Chinese festivals celebrated in Asia, the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most colorful. It features tasty traditional Chinese food such as mooncakes (hence the name mooncake festival), pomelos, lotus seeds, and other round-shaped foods. The Mid-Autumn Festival originated in the Tang Dynasty (more than 1,000 years ago) and is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth moon cycle. The full moon means “reunion” in many Asian cultures (such as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), making the Mid-Autumn festival one of the most important Asian festivals for families and friends to take a break from the normal hustle-bustle and get together to give thanks for the abundance of a good harvest.

Tradtional Chinese lantern 3D printed on the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-color, Multi-material 3D Printer
Tradtional Chinese lantern 3D printed on the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-color, Multi-material 3D Printer

While mooncakes are signatures of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the celebration also includes colorful Chinese lanterns of different shapes and sizes. Chinese paper lanterns can be seen in shops everywhere, and children always pride themselves on lanterns of different shapes, materials and color, including animals, cartoon characters, and, in recent years, spaceships and aircraft.

To celebrate the joy with Asian touches, we have 3D printed a Chinese lantern with the Objet500  Connex3 Multi-color, Multi-material 3D Printer by Stratasys. Designed by our Applications team in Hong Kong, the lantern was 3D printed in rigid color materials (VeroCyanTM, VeroMagentaTM and VeroYellowTM) in a single print run with Chinese patterns on the lantern shade. Chinese words are also 3D printed in VeroYellow – “人月兩團圓” – translating in English to mean “family reunion at full moon,” a blessing that families treasure every year.

With all the bliss from the full moon, delicious mooncakes and colorful 3D printed lanterns, we wish everyone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Carrie Wyman

Carrie Wyman

Carrie is a technology and 3D printing enthusiast, with a passion for beautiful design.

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