Smithsonian to Use 3D Printing for lending out its artifacts
Smithsonian Institution has decided to digitize its 137 million-piece collection using the 3D printing techniques and high-tech scanners. The institution is planning to create a series of 3D-printed models, replicas, and exhibits. The major motive is to create a new digital archive of 3D models comprising the collection of physical objects in the museum.
Model makers Vincent Rossi and Adam Metallo are contributing towards digitizing the objects from the 137 million-piece collection from the museum. All this has been done using 3D printing and the hi-tech scanners.
Albeit the Smithsopian is home to a whooping 137 million objects with 100,000 cubic feet archives and 1.5 million books, the public can only view 2 percent of all. The idea of digitizing everything is a great plan to make a larger part of the collection available for viewing.
Smithsonian Institution is highly renowned and the world’s largest museum and research complex that comprises 19 museums and over 9 research centers. It also comprises 140 affiliate museums too.
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