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3D Model Produced by Autodesk and the Smithsonian Institution Lets You See Inside Apollo 11's Command Module

3D Model Produced by Autodesk and the Smithsonian Institution Lets You See Inside Apollo 11's Command Module

While the moon was officially full last night, it will still appear full, round and bright this evening – almost as though it were celebrating the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing. It was July 20, 1969 that the Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface while the rest of the world watched […]

While the moon was officially full last night, it will still appear full, round and bright this evening – almost as though it were celebrating the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing. It was July 20, 1969 that the Apollo 11 touched down on the...
The Smithsonian Uses High-Resolution 3D Scanning, Autodesk’s Ember to Reveal the Secrets of the Cosmic Buddha

The Smithsonian Uses High-Resolution 3D Scanning, Autodesk’s Ember to Reveal the Secrets of the Cosmic Buddha

The Cosmic Buddha, or Vairochana, is a life-sized headless Buddha statue that was carved from limestone in the sixth century. What makes it special is its robe, which has been carved with intricate illustrations and detailed narrative scenes of Buddhist stories, including several based on the past lives of the Historical Buddha. The illustrations completely […]

The Cosmic Buddha, or Vairochana, is a life-sized headless Buddha statue that was carved from limestone in the sixth century. What makes it special is its robe, which has been carved with intricate illustrations and detailed narrative scenes of Buddhist stories,...
Autodesk Memento Graduates from Beta Phase with Very Promising Start & New Name--ReMake

Autodesk Memento Graduates from Beta Phase with Very Promising Start & New Name--ReMake

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Autodesk Memento, previously in its beta phase but already playing an integral role in some very important projects, from allowing Dr. Louise Leakey to make 3D printed replicas of artifacts found in North Kenya to helping a designer in his unique efforts to make a 3D printed […]

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Autodesk Memento, previously in its beta phase but already playing an integral role in some very important projects, from allowing Dr. Louise Leakey to make 3D printed replicas of artifacts found in North Kenya to helping a...
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...
Smithsonian to Preserve and Make Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 NASA Space Suit 3D Printable

Smithsonian to Preserve and Make Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 NASA Space Suit 3D Printable

If you are my parents’ age and a citizen of the United States then it’s very likely that one of your most memorable national news stories was that of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing. It was 46 years ago today–on July 20, 1969–that NASA’s Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the dusty celestial body we call […]

If you are my parents’ age and a citizen of the United States then it’s very likely that one of your most memorable national news stories was that of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing. It was 46 years ago today–on July 20, 1969–that...
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...
3D Systems Presented Cooper Hewitt with Elegant 3D Printed Scissors for Ribbon Cutting at Grand Reopening

3D Systems Presented Cooper Hewitt with Elegant 3D Printed Scissors for Ribbon Cutting at Grand Reopening

Andrew Carnegie had a lot to say on the subjects of success, giving back magnanimously, and the benefits of solid teamwork. Certainly, with the renovation and reopening of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, housed in the Carnegie Mansion, their original benefactor would have been applauding the expansive efforts of so many individuals coordinating, drafting plans, and applying […]

Andrew Carnegie had a lot to say on the subjects of success, giving back magnanimously, and the benefits of solid teamwork. Certainly, with the renovation and reopening of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, housed in the Carnegie Mansion, their original benefactor would have...
Cooper Hewitt Reopens Today with 3D Printing and 3D Systems Headlining

Cooper Hewitt Reopens Today with 3D Printing and 3D Systems Headlining

Today, December 12th, is a very busy day at the Cooper Hewitt Museum as well as a very exciting day for visitors who have the privilege of attending the museum’s reopening to the public after a three-year restoration period. There has been quite a buildup this year, and as the reopening day neared. In three years […]

Today, December 12th, is a very busy day at the Cooper Hewitt Museum as well as a very exciting day for visitors who have the privilege of attending the museum’s reopening to the public after a three-year restoration period. There has been quite a buildup this year,...
Interview with Dennis Martin, Digital Artist Who Contributed to Creation of 3D Printed Obama Bust

Interview with Dennis Martin, Digital Artist Who Contributed to Creation of 3D Printed Obama Bust

I had an opportunity to speak with digital artist Dennis Martin, a member of the Reality Solutions Group at Autodesk that worked with the team creating the 3D printed bust of President Obama recently installed in the Smithsonian. As always happens, I thought of a dozen more questions I would have liked to ask after […]

I had an opportunity to speak with digital artist Dennis Martin, a member of the Reality Solutions Group at Autodesk that worked with the team creating the 3D printed bust of President Obama recently installed in the Smithsonian. As always happens, I thought of a...
3D Printed Bust of Obama Adds Truly Modern Touch to Presidential Portraiture

3D Printed Bust of Obama Adds Truly Modern Touch to Presidential Portraiture

Among the most familiar faces in the world are those that belong to the leaders of world powers. More so than ever before, it is difficult to imagine a time when the vast majority of the world would have had no access to a ruler’s likeness. From marble busts to reliefs on coins to hand […]

Among the most familiar faces in the world are those that belong to the leaders of world powers. More so than ever before, it is difficult to imagine a time when the vast majority of the world would have had no access to a ruler’s likeness. From marble busts to...
White House Announces 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge

White House Announces 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge

Back in February 2013, President Barack Obama stepped forward and delivered his State of the Union Address to the American people. In doing so, he set forth goals for the nation, and outlined several areas which he believes will move the country forward. In the speech, he even discussed 3D printing, stating that the technology […]

Back in February 2013, President Barack Obama stepped forward and delivered his State of the Union Address to the American people. In doing so, he set forth goals for the nation, and outlined several areas which he believes will move the country forward. In the...
Barack Obama Has Become the First President to be 3D Scanned and Printed

Barack Obama Has Become the First President to be 3D Scanned and Printed

The United States’ Presidents – few groupings of individuals, if any, have the historical air about them that these 44 special men do. From presidential history buffs, to first graders just learning about the historical influence which these men had on this nation, the enthusiasm is certainly not lacking.  The Smithsonian Institution is known for their […]

The United States’ Presidents – few groupings of individuals, if any, have the historical air about them that these 44 special men do. From presidential history buffs, to first graders just learning about the historical influence which these men had on...
Giant 3D Printed Whale Fossil Now On Display At The Smithsonian

Giant 3D Printed Whale Fossil Now On Display At The Smithsonian

The National Museum of Natural History now has the 3D-printed fossil of a whale on display. 3D Systems is working in partnership with the Smithsonian in order to bring fossils to the 21st Century by 3D-printing more than 20 artifacts in order to show them to visitors in the exact same way that they were […]

The National Museum of Natural History now has the 3D-printed fossil of a whale on display. 3D Systems is working in partnership with the Smithsonian in order to bring fossils to the 21st Century by 3D-printing more than 20 artifacts in order to show them to visitors...