Thomas Jefferson: The Smithsonian's 3D printing pioneer

Thomas Jefferson: The Smithsonian's 3D printing pioneer

Summary: A new effort at the Smithsonian will create digital 3D models and physical 3D printed of many of the objects in its archives, a step that could help researchers and educators alike.

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  • Leg

    One of the 3D printed Thomas Jefferson replica statue's legs, which will be part of the final exhibit at the National Museum of African-American History.

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    The four parts of the 3D printed statue are seen here unpainted.

  • Rear view

    Here, we see the statue in an unfinished state, with some of the paint having already been applied.

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  • 3d Jeff

    3d printing is truly amazing, and this is a very cool use of it. But seeing a 3d printed copy of a historic item is just not the same as seeing the real thing. In the end it is just a copy. Having seen some Smithsonian exhibits I have to say that seeing the real chairs that Grant and Lee sat on at Appomatax is a way better experience than seeing copies of them would be.
    boomchuck1