Smithsonian 3D Prints Its Archives To Provide Greater Access To Its Collection

Smithsonian 3D Prints Its Archives To Provide Greater Access To Its Collection
technology

The institution is printing and scanning various items from its vault to allow the pieces to be displayed in more than one place simultaneously.

Emma Hutchings
  • 1 march 2012

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.

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