Smithsonian Institution Website

Digitization Program Office

A Showcase for Digitization Projects at the Smithsonian

3D

Hidden Features of 3D Explorer - Ambient Occlusion Maps

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:28 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
Image: 
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
Image: 
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.

Jon Blundell

Role: 
3D Program Officer

A Maryland native, Jon Blundell is currently living out the assumption he made at the age of 6, that he would either be working at the Smithsonian, or become an astronaut. He chose the shorter commute. The intervening years he spent going to school, working in the historic preservation trades, and participating in DC’s punk scene. At the DPO Jon spends his time producing 3D scanned models of Smithsonian objects to support conservation and research, and most importantly increase public access to the Smithsonian’s collections.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - 3D