Autodesk Powers 3D Explorer for Smithsonian Institution
First-of-its-Kind 3D Educational Tool Allows the Public to Interact with Rare Artifacts and Scientific Specimens Like Never Before
A 3D digital model of this buddha provides a detailed look at the inscriptions that were otherwise difficult to read on the original artifact. (Photo: Business Wire)
3D technology is beginning to revolutionize museums in the same way it has revolutionized entertainment, manufacturing, and architecture, and the Smithsonian aims to be at the forefront of this transformation.
“Capturing digital 3D models of our vast and complex collections of
artifacts is a major priority,” said
“We’re honored to have played a role in preserving such invaluable
pieces of history and humanity,” said
The Smithsonian’s x3D Explorer’s stunning 3D models of historic treasures and scientific specimens are available for anyone for free to view, study, interact, visually manipulate, and share. Many of the 3D models are available to download for personal and educational use, including the ability to produce physical objects using 3D printing. For example, classrooms around the globe can now work with educational replicas of these artifacts, and hopefully encourage further interest students to explore the vast collections of science, technology, engineering and anthropology that is captured at the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian Digitization Program Office is chartered with digitizing
as much of the Smithsonian’s collections as possible, and the scale of
the collection presents a significant challenge. The office relied on
Angela Simoes, 415-547-2388