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Digitization Program Office

A Showcase for Digitization Projects at the Smithsonian

3D Scanning

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.

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