Smithsonian 3D Prints Its Archives To Provide Greater Access To Its Collection
The institution is printing and scanning various items from its vault to allow the pieces to be displayed in more than one place simultaneously.
The Smithsonian has started a new initiative to make its enormous collection more accessible. It includes a series of 3D printed models of its archive items and a digital archive of scanned objects. These could be exhibited at museums, schools and other places to enable more people to have access to them.
CNET reports that only 2% of the Smithsonian's 137 million items is available to the public at any one time. That is why it is planning a digital archive of 3D models, which could then be printed and displayed to expand their reach.