3d printed museum artifacts

Chinese Studio Replicates Ancient Art Through 3D Printing

Chinese Studio Replicates Ancient Art Through 3D Printing

It’s really quite remarkable what 3D printing is capable of in the art world. Talented artists are using the technology to create works of art the likes of which have never been seen before, and many which could not have been created by any other means. But even ancient art is affected by 3D printing, […]

It’s really quite remarkable what 3D printing is capable of in the art world. Talented artists are using the technology to create works of art the likes of which have never been seen before, and many which could not have been created by any other means. But even...
British Museum Now Offers 3D Printed Replicas of Parts of Its Collection

British Museum Now Offers 3D Printed Replicas of Parts of Its Collection

Inspired by the work of University College London and its 3D printing project MicroPasts, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Museum has been providing 3D models and printable files for anyone on the Sketchfab platform, simplifying the process for casual desktop 3D printer users to print objects on display at the […]

Inspired by the work of University College London and its 3D printing project MicroPasts, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Museum has been providing 3D models and printable files for anyone on the Sketchfab platform, simplifying the...
Students Use 3D Printing Technology to Interact with Ancient Greek Artifacts at Victoria University of Wellington’s Classics Museum

Students Use 3D Printing Technology to Interact with Ancient Greek Artifacts at Victoria University of Wellington’s Classics Museum

One of the most important rules that children have drilled into their heads before museum field trips is to not touch the exhibits. But in recent years, 3D scanning and 3D printing technology has helped abolish this rule, and now all sorts of important artifacts and exhibits, from dinosaur fossils and mummies to famous paintings […]

One of the most important rules that children have drilled into their heads before museum field trips is to not touch the exhibits. But in recent years, 3D scanning and 3D printing technology has helped abolish this rule, and now all sorts of important artifacts and...
3D Printing Eliminates the ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ Rule for Archaeologists, Students & Museum Visitors

3D Printing Eliminates the ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ Rule for Archaeologists, Students & Museum Visitors

It’s been well established at this point that 3D printing is making a significant impact on industry around the world, whether you delve into aerospace, medicine, or even art, fashion, and design—and far, far more. But the contributions 3D printing is making to science are enormous—with a major bonus being offered in how it allows […]

It’s been well established at this point that 3D printing is making a significant impact on industry around the world, whether you delve into aerospace, medicine, or even art, fashion, and design—and far, far more. But the contributions 3D printing is making to...
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to Be Made Available to Public for 3D Printing

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to Be Made Available to Public for 3D Printing

Museums are wonderful cultural institutions and learning opportunities, but they’re limited in their reach, only available to locals or those able to visit. 3D scanning and printing are changing that, however, by allowing museum collections to be digitized and made available for free online. In the case of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, the entire […]

Museums are wonderful cultural institutions and learning opportunities, but they’re limited in their reach, only available to locals or those able to visit. 3D scanning and printing are changing that, however, by allowing museum collections to be digitized and...
Museum of Discovery and Science Welcomes Traveling Egyptian Exhibit, Featuring “Annie” the Mummy and Her 3D Printed Skeleton

Museum of Discovery and Science Welcomes Traveling Egyptian Exhibit, Featuring “Annie” the Mummy and Her 3D Printed Skeleton

One of my all time favorite movies is The Mummy…the 1999 version starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz (to all the purists out there, I’ve never seen the original with Boris Karloff, sorry). There’s just something about the story that gets me every time: clumsy, lovely librarian becomes intrepid adventurer, travels to ancient city with handsome rogue, […]

One of my all time favorite movies is The Mummy…the 1999 version starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz (to all the purists out there, I’ve never seen the original with Boris Karloff, sorry). There’s just something about the story that gets me...
South Korea’s Cultural Heritage is Available in 3D Printable Format from 3Dupndown

South Korea’s Cultural Heritage is Available in 3D Printable Format from 3Dupndown

Among 3D printing’s many, many valuable applications, the preservation of history and culture is a big one. 3D scanning and 3D printing have been used to digitally preserve and even replicate, via 3D printing, everything from historical artifacts destroyed by war to meticulously detailed figures in traditional cultural attire. Now 3D printing enthusiasts and art lovers […]

Among 3D printing’s many, many valuable applications, the preservation of history and culture is a big one. 3D scanning and 3D printing have been used to digitally preserve and even replicate, via 3D printing, everything from historical artifacts destroyed by...
Maidstone Museum to Use 3D Printing to Help Reconstruct 2,500-Year-Old Mummy

Maidstone Museum to Use 3D Printing to Help Reconstruct 2,500-Year-Old Mummy

Although many of the world’s ancient treasures and artifacts have been recklessly destroyed or lost in the winds of time, those that we have been fortunate enough to keep unscathed possess immeasurable value and vital knowledge on the early days of humanity. As you may have noticed in some of our recent articles, one new-age […]

Although many of the world’s ancient treasures and artifacts have been recklessly destroyed or lost in the winds of time, those that we have been fortunate enough to keep unscathed possess immeasurable value and vital knowledge on the early days of humanity. As you...
Classics Students at University of Canterbury Learn More about Ancient Rome through Examining 3D Printed Replicas

Classics Students at University of Canterbury Learn More about Ancient Rome through Examining 3D Printed Replicas

3D printing has begun to play a much larger role in education. While a priority nearly since the technology hit the mainstream, we now very commonly see entire labs popping up in schools all over the world including the hardware, software, networking and organizational platforms—as well as hordes of enthusiastic students just waiting for their […]

3D printing has begun to play a much larger role in education. While a priority nearly since the technology hit the mainstream, we now very commonly see entire labs popping up in schools all over the world including the hardware, software, networking and...
Replicating Artwork in 3D: Is it Ethical to Reproduce Valuable Artwork Destroyed by Terrorists?

Replicating Artwork in 3D: Is it Ethical to Reproduce Valuable Artwork Destroyed by Terrorists?

I attended a wonderful high school up on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The mountain landscape and fresh air were inspiration in themselves, the backdrop for a small campus where teachers were fond of teaching class outside whenever possible. We were deeply encouraged to follow our creative spirits, and it was there that I met […]

I attended a wonderful high school up on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The mountain landscape and fresh air were inspiration in themselves, the backdrop for a small campus where teachers were fond of teaching class outside whenever possible. We were deeply...
The Largest Library in the World Begins 3D Scanning Its Massive Collection of Historical Texts and Artifacts

The Largest Library in the World Begins 3D Scanning Its Massive Collection of Historical Texts and Artifacts

The past few years have seen a radical shift in the use of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology from museums and how they use their digital assets. Using advanced 3D scanning technology isn’t a new practice for most of these institutions, especially those museums that are also actively involved in conducting research. But until the […]

The past few years have seen a radical shift in the use of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology from museums and how they use their digital assets. Using advanced 3D scanning technology isn’t a new practice for most of these institutions, especially those museums...
3D Printing Allows Visually Impaired to Experience Museums in a New Way

3D Printing Allows Visually Impaired to Experience Museums in a New Way

While there are thousands of people who have benefited from 3D printing technology, some of those who have benefited the most are those with disabilities. My favorite stories are the stories about 3D printed assistive devices. Never before has it been so easy to develop devices that help people with disabilities to walk, grip objects, […]

While there are thousands of people who have benefited from 3D printing technology, some of those who have benefited the most are those with disabilities. My favorite stories are the stories about 3D printed assistive devices. Never before has it been so easy to...
Iranian Artist Highlighted in Virtual Reality Gallery Exhibiting 3D Additivist Manifesto & 3D Models of Works Destroyed by ISIS

Iranian Artist Highlighted in Virtual Reality Gallery Exhibiting 3D Additivist Manifesto & 3D Models of Works Destroyed by ISIS

Dear oppressors and terrorists of the world: meet some radical artists on the other side who want to give you a run for your money, notifying you that they have not truly allowed you to take priceless art and relics from us forever, despite the destruction heaped on citizens and museums. Iranian media artist Morehshin Allahyari […]

Dear oppressors and terrorists of the world: meet some radical artists on the other side who want to give you a run for your money, notifying you that they have not truly allowed you to take priceless art and relics from us forever, despite the destruction heaped on...
3D Technology Enables Cleveland Museum of Art to Identify Centuries-Old Sculptural Fragment

3D Technology Enables Cleveland Museum of Art to Identify Centuries-Old Sculptural Fragment

Hindu legend says that the deity Krishna, when a storm threatened his people, lifted India’s Mount Govardhana to shield the villagers from the rain, which lasted for seven days and seven nights. The legend has been widely depicted in various art forms, including a six-foot-tall, 2,000-pound stone stone statue, sculpted in the sixth century and now […]

Hindu legend says that the deity Krishna, when a storm threatened his people, lifted India’s Mount Govardhana to shield the villagers from the rain, which lasted for seven days and seven nights. The legend has been widely depicted in various art forms, including...
Museums and First Nations Explore 3D Printing as Mechanism for Artifact Repatriation

Museums and First Nations Explore 3D Printing as Mechanism for Artifact Repatriation

How valuable can something be if you can, or potentially could, make an infinite number of copies of it? This is a question that has been lurking the shadows of the nearly unbounded enthusiasm that surrounds 3D printing. We all know that the things held in museum collections are valuable and there has been a […]

How valuable can something be if you can, or potentially could, make an infinite number of copies of it? This is a question that has been lurking the shadows of the nearly unbounded enthusiasm that surrounds 3D printing. We all know that the things held in museum...
Visualizing & Exhibiting Anthropology: VCU Students 3D Scan, Print & Hand Paint Hundreds of Artifacts for Virginia Museum of Natural History Exhibit

Visualizing & Exhibiting Anthropology: VCU Students 3D Scan, Print & Hand Paint Hundreds of Artifacts for Virginia Museum of Natural History Exhibit

3D scanning and printing allow us to come face to face with the future. After decades of talk about space age technologies, the wave of the future, and the technology of tomorrow, we can now literally hold it in our hands–and it all becomes even more amazing in tandem with other fields and sciences like […]

3D scanning and printing allow us to come face to face with the future. After decades of talk about space age technologies, the wave of the future, and the technology of tomorrow, we can now literally hold it in our hands–and it all becomes even more amazing in...
Museum Exhibit Displays 3D Printed Mummies

Museum Exhibit Displays 3D Printed Mummies

What do sarcophagi, 3D printing, and beer mugs have to do with each other? No, it’s not a theme for a new restaurant, it’s a traveling exhibit currently in residence at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. The show was put together in Chicago’s Field Museum and was designed to let museum goers have […]

What do sarcophagi, 3D printing, and beer mugs have to do with each other? No, it’s not a theme for a new restaurant, it’s a traveling exhibit currently in residence at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. The show was put together...
3D Printing Gives a Previously Unidentified Dinosaur Skeleton New  Life

3D Printing Gives a Previously Unidentified Dinosaur Skeleton New Life

If you work at Triebold Paleontology, Incorporated, you may already have the job that every little kid dreams of having. Triebold is a company dedicated to the preservation of vertebrate fossils and the creation of museum-quality exhibits and the preparation, restoration, molding, casting, and mounting of specimens. As such, they employ droves of specialists from model makers […]

If you work at Triebold Paleontology, Incorporated, you may already have the job that every little kid dreams of having. Triebold is a company dedicated to the preservation of vertebrate fossils and the creation of museum-quality exhibits and the preparation,...
Conical Spear Butt of Navan: Archaelogist’s 3D Printed Replica Shows Artifact Was Actually a Horn Mouthpiece

Conical Spear Butt of Navan: Archaelogist’s 3D Printed Replica Shows Artifact Was Actually a Horn Mouthpiece

3D printing is transforming a long list of industrial sectors, and far more–but you’d still be amazed where it manages to ‘horn’ in. As the technology is lauded for all the benefits it has to offer in manufacturing, with companies from all over the world climbing on board, and as the medical world is making […]

3D printing is transforming a long list of industrial sectors, and far more–but you’d still be amazed where it manages to ‘horn’ in. As the technology is lauded for all the benefits it has to offer in manufacturing, with companies from all over the world...
Rebuilding the Rare Extinct Quagga with 3D Printing & Scanning

Rebuilding the Rare Extinct Quagga with 3D Printing & Scanning

A quagga looked like a cross between a zebra and a horse, and though there’s debate over whether a quagga was related to the plains zebra, some authorities have described the quagga as a kind of wild horse rather than a zebra. One thing is known, the quagga was perhaps the first extinct animal to […]

A quagga looked like a cross between a zebra and a horse, and though there’s debate over whether a quagga was related to the plains zebra, some authorities have described the quagga as a kind of wild horse rather than a zebra. One thing is known, the quagga was...
3D Printed 18th Century Native Tools Connect the Past and the Future

3D Printed 18th Century Native Tools Connect the Past and the Future

The search for a connection with our ancestors is an important part of understanding who we are today. Humans have been trying to integrate their distant past into the practice of their lives for as long as we have been self-aware. For some, that connection is a mere curiosity, while for others–like Tania Larssen, a […]

The search for a connection with our ancestors is an important part of understanding who we are today. Humans have been trying to integrate their distant past into the practice of their lives for as long as we have been self-aware. For some, that connection is a mere...
The Small Museum Project Reframes Cultural Experience with a 3D Printed ‘Museum in a Box’

The Small Museum Project Reframes Cultural Experience with a 3D Printed ‘Museum in a Box’

Good, Form & Spectacle, a London design firm, spent some time recently redefining the meaning of what a museum is–and can be–during their major research project called ‘The Small Museum.’ While many of us most often expect the museum experience to mean traversing on planned day or weekend trips for hours of perusing pieces of art […]

Good, Form & Spectacle, a London design firm, spent some time recently redefining the meaning of what a museum is–and can be–during their major research project called ‘The Small Museum.’ While many of us most often expect the museum experience to mean...
3D Printed Replica of 4,500-Year-Old Jōmon Venus Draws Visitors to Japanese Museum

3D Printed Replica of 4,500-Year-Old Jōmon Venus Draws Visitors to Japanese Museum

Yamagata Prefecture in the southwest corner of Tōhoku faces the East Sea/Sea of Japan in an area bounded by magnificent mountain vistas. It’s home to the Yamagata Prefectural Museum, which holds some 300,000 exhibit items in its collection, among them a 4,500-year-old clay doll from the Jōmon period (12,000 BC – 300 BC). She’s known as […]

Yamagata Prefecture in the southwest corner of Tōhoku faces the East Sea/Sea of Japan in an area bounded by magnificent mountain vistas. It’s home to the Yamagata Prefectural Museum, which holds some 300,000 exhibit items in its collection, among them a...
Mercer University Electronics Tech Looks to Create a 3D Printable Database of Ancient Artifacts

Mercer University Electronics Tech Looks to Create a 3D Printable Database of Ancient Artifacts

Over the past several months, we have found that the process of taking ancient artifacts and creating digitized replicas of them is becoming much more common. These digital replicas may be converted to files which just about anyone with access to a 3D printer can recreate. For one electronics tech at Mercer University School of […]

Over the past several months, we have found that the process of taking ancient artifacts and creating digitized replicas of them is becoming much more common. These digital replicas may be converted to files which just about anyone with access to a 3D printer can...
European Museums Set to See Their Artifacts Become 3D Printable With Artec Group / Threeding Partnership

European Museums Set to See Their Artifacts Become 3D Printable With Artec Group / Threeding Partnership

Back in May, we reported on a 3D design marketplace, Threeding. They had begun scanning and uploading 3D printable models of Egyptian Archaeology to their marketplace, allowing anyone with a 3D printer to pay a fee to download and replicate these artifacts. While this move didn’t gain all that much attention in the public’s eye, […]

Back in May, we reported on a 3D design marketplace, Threeding. They had begun scanning and uploading 3D printable models of Egyptian Archaeology to their marketplace, allowing anyone with a 3D printer to pay a fee to download and replicate these artifacts. While this...
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