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3D Scanning the Past – The Smithsonian’s Digitization Program image

3D scanned model of artefacts from the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Institution comprises a collection of nineteen museums, nine research centres, and oneNational Zoo spread across the United States. The Smithsonian has a vast collection of objects, artefacts, and specimens—about 155 million in all. These objects include everything from insects to airplanes, an immense record of science, history, art, nature, and everything in between. The Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office is on a mission to capture these objects with 3D scanning. “The goal of our group is really to think about how we can use 3D measurement tools and 3D scanning tools to either solve a research problem or support access,” said Vincent Rossi, Senior 3D Program Officer with the Digitization Program Office. “We work with all nineteen museums and nine research ...

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