The Smithsonian turns to 3D printing to share their collection

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Print your own Jefferson.

According to The Creators Project, the Smithsonian has over 137 million pieces in its collection, but only enough room to display about 2 percent of them. So it’s turning to 3D printing to share as much as it can.

Working with a company called Redeye, who specializes in 3D scanning and rapid prototyping, the Smithsonian hopes to clone many of their pieces so they can be lent to other museums around the world, and safely included in traveling exhibitions…

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