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"Smithsonian X 3D" Beta is Available

The Smithsonian is 3D digitizing some of the best artefacts from its collection. And now 3D Systems has created a website called Smithsonian X 3D apart from providing its 3D technology for 3D scan processing and printing.

Use the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer to explore and manipulate museum objects like never before. Create and share your own scenes and print highly detailed replica of original Smithsonian collection pieces.

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Discover 3D Digitization at the Smithsonian


A 137 Million Objects Collection

The Smithsonian digitization challenge and opportunity can be measured by the total number of collection items: at 137 million objects, artworks and specimens, capturing the entire collection at a rate of 1 item per minute would take over 260 years of 24/7 effort. At the present moment, the Smithsonian has prioritized the digitization of about 10% of its collections for digitization. To rise to this challenge, the Digitization Program Office is promoting rapid capture photography workflows for two-dimensional collections, and exploring innovations to speed up the capture of our three-dimensional collections, preferably in 3D.

The 3D System Deal

The alliance with Smithsonian is a major milestone for 3D Systems as the reinstatement of the ancient whale fossil highlights the potential of 3D printing with respect to preservation of the present and future collections. The technology also makes such heritage collections available for display to a global audience, further demonstrating the competence of 3D printing in a convincing manner.

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 Visit Smithsonian X 3D

If you are interested to test the 3D stereoscopic browser in its actual beta state, visit the "Getting Started" page.