3D Scanning – on a massive scale

The Smithsonian has been experimenting with 3D scanning for some time now, using tools like laser arm scanners to map models of whale fossils and other ancient artifacts.

Now the museum is utilizing the technology to preserve its collection for posterity. They are working full-time to record items for future generations, as part of an extensive effort to digitize 14 million prioritized objects (a list that also includes artwork and lab specimen).

The video also shows the use of 3D printers to reproduce some of the artefacts – cutting edge technology indeed.

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