"In the twenty-first century we are faced with a basic rule. When someone has their survival strategy based on knowledge of a single technology is doomed to failure. Nevertheless, if this strategy is based on constant updating and lifelong learning so it's easier to augur success." João Greno Brogueira, January 2012
"Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions. These projects indicate that this new technology has the potential not only to support the Smithsonian mission, but to transform museum core functions. Researchers working in the field may not come back with specimens, but with 3D data documenting a site or a find. Curators and educators can use 3D data as the scaffolding to tell stories or send students on a quest of discovery. Conservators can benchmark today’s condition state of a collection item against a past state – a deviation analysis of 3D data will tell them exactly what changes have occurred. All of these uses cases are accessible through the Beta Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, as well as videos documenting the project. For many of the 3D models, raw data can be downloaded to support further inquiry and 3D printing." ... http://3d.si.edu/about
"Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Kinematics combines computational geometry techniques with rigid body physics and customization. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body."
Curator David Rooney gives a guided tour of this 3D point-cloud model of the Shipping Galleries.
Originally opened in 1963, the Shipping Galleries were home to the Museum's maritime collection until 2012, when the galleries closed. Before the 1800 objects on display were moved into storage, a 3D point cloud model of the space was created.
The galleries held some very significant objects, including the world's first marine gas turbine. This 1947 Metropolitan-Vickers engine was derived from a wartime jet and fitted to an experimental motor gunboat.
Also on show was the original builders' model of Brunel's famous Great Eastern, once the world's largest ship. This enormous vessel, originally named Leviathan and built on London's Isle of Dogs, was used to lay the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Its launching slip can still be seen on the riverfront following archaeological excavation.
Two billion precise laser measurements were recorded from 275 laser scans of the galleries by ScanLAB Projects. The raw data set is planned to be released publicly this year.
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"Under the direction of Assistant Professor Martin Summers, upperclassmen and graduate students in the UK School of Architecture are reaping the benefits of acquiring 3-D printing skills as part of a UK College of Design studio."
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