The Smithsonian Institution is making it big in the news for deploying the new 3D printing technique in its museum and promoting its arts and artifacts. Since the museum comprises as many as 137 million numbers of collections, it isn’t possible to outsource the objects to other museums. Smithsonian has hence come up with a solution to make the replicas of its artifacts.
After fabricating the statue of Thomas Jefferson using the 3D printing technique, Smithsonian is planning to cover the entire museum’s objects into 3D-printed versions and display it all. Currently only 2% of such a huge number is displayed at a time.
The project is handled by Adam Metallo and Vince Rossi and they are working with RedEye and Studio EIS, using the $100,000 Minolta laser scanner. Using the technology, the group is planning to not only create digital archives but 3D printed models as well.
This initiative is a great way to preserve history as well as to help in educating the youths.