Smithsonian Prints Famous Stuff in 3D for Travelling Exhibits
3D Printing has to be the coolest thing I’ve seen for a while. There are a lot of cool products made from metal and wood that are not molded, but printed! Check out the 3D dice and other projects in metal and wood on Shapeways.com. See this 3D dice image, a 2nd dice, and 3rd dice on Ponoko.com.
Now the Smithsonian is turning to 3D printing to be able to send more of their exhibits travelling around the country. Making 3D copies enables them to be travel safely, without being lost, damaged or stolen. The article here on Gizmodo.com says that only about 2% of the Smithsonion archive is on view. That seems a terrible shame.