Now You Can 3D Print Priceless Smithsonian Artifacts

Smithsonian X 3DThe Wright Brothers’ airplane. The Cosmic Buddha. A fossilized Woolly Mammoth.

For decades, the only way to see artifacts like these has been to visit the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC. And even if you have the time and money to make the trip, you only get to view the item’s front, from behind a glass case.

Today, 3D design software company Autodesk revealed an advance in technology that will let us get up close to our culture’s our rarest relics. With the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, anyone with an Internet connection can examine, manipulate, and even print exact 3D models of a few of the Smithsonian’s most precious items.

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