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3D Scanning: The 21st-Century Equivalent to a 19th Century Process

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:52 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Karen Lemmey, Sculpture Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Image: 
Jon Blundell of the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office 3D Scanning the Greek Slave

Karen Lemmey, American Art's sculpture curator is organizing an installation that will include Hiram Power's Greek Slave, one of the most popular sculptures of the 19th century. As part of her preparation, she is working with Smithsonian X 3D, part of the Institution's Digitization program, to create a 3D model of the Greek Slave. Karen fills us in on the process. 

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.

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