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Smithsonian X 3D: How a 167-year-old Museum Leverages 3D Technology

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:06 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
Image: 
T. Rex 3D Skull

Smithsonian X 3D brings museum collections to homes and classrooms by applying cutting-edge 3D technology to one-of-a-kind objects such as the 1903 Wright Flyer, Lincoln’s Life Masks, a 1500 year old Buddha sculpture, a prehistoric fossilized whale, or a Super Nova. The 3D models are presented online at 3D.SI.EDU through a plug-in free explorer based on WebGL, which was created for the Smithsonian by the 3D design firm Autodesk.

3D Explorer: Learn to Use the Cross Section, Measuring, and Sharing Tools

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 15:53 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
Image: 
1904 Wright Flyer

This video tutorial will show you how to use the cross section, measuring and sharing tools with the Smithsonian 3D Explorer. Try these tools out for yourself with the 1904 Wright Flyer model by clicking this link- http://3d.si.edu/explorer?modelid=48

Smithsonian Creates the First-ever 3D Presidential Portrait

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:00 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
Image: 
3D portrait of President Barack Obama

The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle. The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask. A new video released today by the White House (and shown below) details the behind-the-scenes process of scanning, creating and printing the historic portraits.

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