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Interview with Cody Coltharp - ARTLAB+’s 3D Mentor

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:46 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ digital studio for teens

Cody Coltharp is the 3D guru and Game Design mentor at ARTLAB+, the Smithsonian’s free, drop-in digital studio for teens. Cody has a degree in mechanical sculpture from the New College of Florida and is the Art Director for Green Door Labs, a location-based gaming company that makes games for museums and schools.

How do you use 3D technology with the teens?

Rapid Capture Composited Imagery and the Use of the XYZ Table

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:40 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Jon Barrett, Carl Bobrow, Ben Sullivan, Jim Walker, National Air and Space Museum
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NASM RCCI XYZ Table

Over the past year the Collections Department of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been developing a multi-image compositing technique, colloquially know as Rapid Capture Composited Imagery (RCCI). This process was developed in order to achieve high resolution photography of large, two dimensional and of nearly single-plane 3-D objects by utilizing off-the-shelf technology and equipment in a quick and efficient manner.

We’ve Been Nominated!

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 15:56 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
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Adam Metallo, Guenter Waibel, Vince Rossi Nominated for 2014 Sammie Award

On the West Coast, they have the Oscars for those who have done good on the silver screen. I just recently learned that on the East Coast, we have the Sammies for those who have done good in federal government. The Sammies, also known as the Samuel J.

Hidden Features of 3D Explorer - Ambient Occlusion Maps

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:28 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
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Cosmic Buddha Sculpture

Watch this video and learn how to use the Smithsonian 3D Explorer’s ambient occlusion map tools to pull out surface detail that is hard to see with the naked eye. Ambient occlusion maps allow you to darken areas of high curvature and lighten areas of low curvature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re 3D Scanning The Nation’s T. rex!

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:23 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Jon Blundell, DPO 3D Imaging
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3D Scanning T Rex Diagram

On April 15, 2014 sixteen wooden crates containing the Nation’s T. rex arrived at the National Museum of Natural History from Montana. While the curators are carefully unpacking the crates, and performing a condition evaluation, the Smithsonian X 3D scanning team is making digital models of the bones. We are using handheld 3D scanners to capture high-resolution surface and color information from each bone. We’re scanning the entire T. rex, so it will take time—there are more than 200 bones and the T. rex requires careful handling.

The DPO--What We Do

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 04:45 -- sysadmin
Author: 
Günter Waibel, DPO
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Making progress on the digitization challenge with Secretary Wayne Clough and Under Secretary Richard Kurin’s help.

The Digitization Program Office (DPO) was founded to “integrate digitization into the core functions of the Smithsonian,” as the inaugural digitization strategic plan eloquently states. With 138 million objects and specimens, 157 thousand cubic feet of archival materials, and 2 million library volumes, all of which are housed in 41 facilities, 19 museums and 9 research centers, the scale and diversity of Smithsonian collections presents a unique digitization challenge.

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