Friday, November 22, 2013

Smithsonian X 3D - Explore and Print 3D Models of Smithsonian Artifacts

Smithsonian X 3D offers a neat way for students to learn about artifacts from the Smithsonian museums. The site is the result of a collaboration between Autodesk and the Smithsonian Institution. 20 artifacts are currently featured on Smithsonian X 3D. The artifacts can be viewed as 3D models that you can virtually manipulate. Each artifact has an accompanying tour through which you can learn about its history and significance. A screenshot of the tour connected to the Wright Flyer is posted below.
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If you have access to a 3D printer you can print models of the artifacts features on Smithsonian X 3D.

Applications for Education
The Smithsonian video embedded below provides an overview of how the Smithsonian envisions teachers using Smithsonian X 3D with students.