3d printing in museums

Reconstructing the Extinct Cave Lion through 3D Printing

Reconstructing the Extinct Cave Lion through 3D Printing

The Slovak National Uprising Museum (SNP) is located in Banská Bystrica in the middle of a grassy park. The unusual building holds displays and important archival materials related to the development of Slovakia, particularly from the war years of 1938 – 1945. In addition to exhibits, there is an open-air museum of heavy military equipment and […]

The Slovak National Uprising Museum (SNP) is located in Banská Bystrica in the middle of a grassy park. The unusual building holds displays and important archival materials related to the development of Slovakia, particularly from the war years of 1938 – 1945....
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...
ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer and the PancakeBot Among Tech On Display at MODA’s “Food by Design” Exhibit

ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer and the PancakeBot Among Tech On Display at MODA’s “Food by Design” Exhibit

A few years ago, I took a short trip to Washington D.C. I checked out all of the usual tourist spots, such as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and also visited several museums, like the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History. At the latter, I was intrigued by an exhibition on alcohol and […]

A few years ago, I took a short trip to Washington D.C. I checked out all of the usual tourist spots, such as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and also visited several museums, like the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History. At...
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...
The Belvedere Museum Presents ‘The Kiss’ in 3D Print

The Belvedere Museum Presents ‘The Kiss’ in 3D Print

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is one of the most popular works of art in the Western world. The original painting, created at the beginning of the 20th century, was executed as part of the Viennese Art Nouveau movement and has been well received from the moment of its creation. It takes as its subject an intimate […]

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is one of the most popular works of art in the Western world. The original painting, created at the beginning of the 20th century, was executed as part of the Viennese Art Nouveau movement and has been well received from the moment of its...
King Tut on the Tablet: Does the Creaform 3D Scanning Project Signal a Transition in Museum Exhibits?

King Tut on the Tablet: Does the Creaform 3D Scanning Project Signal a Transition in Museum Exhibits?

Our fascination with King Tutankhamun (ruling circa mid-1300s BC), the young pharaoh, the boy king, is as infinite as are the options continually being discovered with the new technologies today—all becoming intricately tied with the world of archaeology and relics—and allowing us to gain much greater access to the history of our world. This process […]

Our fascination with King Tutankhamun (ruling circa mid-1300s BC), the young pharaoh, the boy king, is as infinite as are the options continually being discovered with the new technologies today—all becoming intricately tied with the world of archaeology 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...
Sight Unseen Exhibit: Blind Artists are True Visionaries with Photos, Videos & 3D Printed Works

Sight Unseen Exhibit: Blind Artists are True Visionaries with Photos, Videos & 3D Printed Works

Have you ever tried to imagine what it’s like to be blind? Most of us have at one point or another made a feeble attempt, with a blindfold, or our eyes squinting shut, to see if we could grope our way around the house successfully for a good five minutes at most, with our arms […]

Have you ever tried to imagine what it’s like to be blind? Most of us have at one point or another made a feeble attempt, with a blindfold, or our eyes squinting shut, to see if we could grope our way around the house successfully for a good five minutes at most, with...
Queensland Museum Hopes to Attract Tourists with Life-Sized 3D Printed Dinosaur

Queensland Museum Hopes to Attract Tourists with Life-Sized 3D Printed Dinosaur

Within the ranks of dinosaurs, Rhoetosaurus brownei isn’t one of the most glamorous or well-known. The mild-mannered herbivore lacks the bloodthirsty tendencies that make the Velociraptor and the T-Rex so appealing to moviegoers and kids, and it possessed no particularly distinctive attributes like a Triceratops, for example. However, the Rhoetosaurus is about to have its moment […]

Within the ranks of dinosaurs, Rhoetosaurus brownei isn’t one of the most glamorous or well-known. The mild-mannered herbivore lacks the bloodthirsty tendencies that make the Velociraptor and the T-Rex so appealing to moviegoers and kids, and it possessed no...
New Zealand Scientists Bring Extinct Birds Back Through 3D Scanning

New Zealand Scientists Bring Extinct Birds Back Through 3D Scanning

The extinction of a species is a heartbreaking thought, especially when you consider that some of our most beloved species, like monarch butterflies, frogs and toads, and bats are threatened, by disease or climate change, to the point that they may not be around for our grandchildren to see. Someday, they may only exist in […]

The extinction of a species is a heartbreaking thought, especially when you consider that some of our most beloved species, like monarch butterflies, frogs and toads, and bats are threatened, by disease or climate change, to the point that they may not be around for...
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...
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 Scanning & Printing Brought in to Solve Centuries-Old Art History Mystery

3D Scanning & Printing Brought in to Solve Centuries-Old Art History Mystery

The summer I was 15, I lived in England. A lovely family in Coventry took me in, and with them I explored the surrounding area. Among the places I loved most were Stratford-upon-Avon, Royal Leamington Spa, and Warwick Castle. London was all right, but I wasn’t there for urban hubbub, so it was really the […]

The summer I was 15, I lived in England. A lovely family in Coventry took me in, and with them I explored the surrounding area. Among the places I loved most were Stratford-upon-Avon, Royal Leamington Spa, and Warwick Castle. London was all right, but I wasn’t...
Woolly Mammoth Resurrection – Forget DNA Regeneration, Just 3D Print One in 197 Pieces

Woolly Mammoth Resurrection – Forget DNA Regeneration, Just 3D Print One in 197 Pieces

Over the last three to four years there has been much talk about the possibility of resurrecting the now-extinct woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). The mammoth, which is related to the African elephant, went extinct approximately 4,000 years ago, quite recently when you consider the dinosaur extinction took place over 65 million years ago. Because of […]

Over the last three to four years there has been much talk about the possibility of resurrecting the now-extinct woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). The mammoth, which is related to the African elephant, went extinct approximately 4,000 years ago, quite recently...
Artficial Launches Innovative New Platform for Replicating the ‘DNA’ of Art via 3D Printing

Artficial Launches Innovative New Platform for Replicating the ‘DNA’ of Art via 3D Printing

We have seen 3D printing go to use in replicating many of history’s great art works. While today’s technology now allows for the 3D scanning of sculptures and statues, it is still limited by the 3D printers that we are capable of having on our desktops. One company, called Artficial, looks to make the process of precisely […]

We have seen 3D printing go to use in replicating many of history’s great art works. While today’s technology now allows for the 3D scanning of sculptures and statues, it is still limited by the 3D printers that we are capable of having on our desktops....
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