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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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