Zola's train in the "Human Beast" is printed in 3D
The creative idea for 3D printing can come from everywhere, even from Émile Zola ! The classic literary work " The Human Beast " inspired Professor Morgane Cadieu who decided to design a Zola train printed in 3D from the novel. In 2014, as part of the undergraduate course on the " Trains of French Literature ", this teacher set up a collaboration between the French department and the Yale Engineering and Design Innovation Center. The project was to model in 3D the locomotive "La Lison" according to the descriptions evoked in the work. In the 19th century, writers liked to evoke the industrialization of the country by telling in their texts the appearance of machines and various manufactured objects. Considered the leader of naturalism , Emile Zola liked to write long descriptions of stations and locomotives in his 1890 novel "The Human Beast". Literary critics described some passages as "scientific" and "technical".
"The result was very exciting," says Morgane Cadieu, "since the train we were able to print in 3D was very similar to the trains that inspired Zola, although we took some liberties with the technical aspects of the machine: wheels are missing because they have not been described by the author, and the whistle is disproportionate because it plays a key role in the novel. "
To download the 3D file of this 3D printed train, go to the Cults platform. The 3D model is free and exclusive.
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