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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  • Bronze

    By now, the statue has been painted with the bronze color that visitors to the exhibit will see--and which mimic the actual statue at Monticello.

  • Close-up

    It's hard to tell in a close-up that this is a 3D printed model and not an actual bronze statue.

  • Replica on display

    Here, we see the final product on display at the National Museum of African-American History.

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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.