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SpaceAholic
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posted 03-03-2014 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fox News: Bringing the Smithsonian into your home and your hands

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posted 03-03-2014 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Smithsonian X 3D was first announced in November 2013:
The Smithsonian is a leader in using 3-D technology to make museum collections and scientific specimens more widely available for anyone to use and study. The Smithsonian X 3D explorer and the initial objects we scanned are the first step in showing how this technology will transform the work of the Smithsonian and other museums and research institutions.
As G√ľnter Waibel, director of the Digitization Program Office, explains, they have their work cut out for them.
The Smithsonian digitization challenge and opportunity can be measured by the total number of collection items: at 137 million objects, artworks and specimens, capturing the entire collection at a rate of 1 item per minute would take over 260 years of 24/7 effort. At the present moment, the Smithsonian has prioritized the digitization of about 10% of its collections for digitization.

...with only 1% of collections on display in Smithsonian museum galleries, digitization affords the opportunity to bring the remaining 99% of the collection into the virtual light. All of these digital assets become the infrastructure which will allow not just the Smithsonian, but the world at large to tell new stories about the familiar, as well as the unfamiliar, treasures in these collections.

To date, the 3D objects presented online do not include space artifacts, but there is one item from the National Air and Space Museum: the 1903 Wright Flyer.

SpaceAholic
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posted 03-03-2014 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It will also be possible to render the scanned objects in solid 3D form at home if you have the appropriate 3D printer technology.

The handheld 3D scanner being used by the Smithsonian is the FARO EDGE ScanArm ES ...as the price drops we collector's should also be able to 3D catalog our collections for the online public.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-03-2014 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MakerBot markets a digitizer for $799, though it is primarily focused on 3D printing rather than virtual models.

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posted 03-04-2014 04:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can also use 3D scanning services such as from 3D Engineering Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio. I went to them in 2010 to scan an Apollo Rotation Control grip in my collection. I use that model to create Apollo control handle displays.

The technology typically requires some manual post-scanning processing. As the technology advances it should become more plug and play.

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