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. By CNET | February 24, 2012 -- 04:10 GMT (20:10 PST) Previous | Next Image 9 of 10 Close-up It's hard to tell in a close-up that this is a 3D printed model and not an actual bronze statue. Topic: Tech Industry Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.