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Digitization Program Office

A Showcase for Digitization Projects at the Smithsonian
 

3D Imaging Program

The Digitization Program Office’s 3D lab works with all of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and 9 research centers. Our team uses a variety of 3D scanning methods and tools to capture the geometric and sometimes color information of Smithsonian objects and scientific research sites: laser, structured light, photogrammetry and Computer Tomography (CT). A 3D scan is essentially nothing more than millions or billions of points of measurement of an object’s surface, or in some cases density. Once an object or research site is scanned we are able to use that data in many different ways, including:

  • Deliver content online using our 3D Explorer
  • Allow schools to freely download and 3D print iconic Smithsonian objects in the classroom
  • Provide new measurement tools for research
  • Provide conservators a condition report for Smithsonian objects

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