The venerable Smithsonian Institution plans an event to display how the technologies of 3D scanning and 3D printing will transform how they do their work.
The event, Smithsonian X 3D, takes place November 13-14 in Washington DC. They say:
For the first time ever, state-of-the-art 3D scanning and image-based modeling technology paired with new Smithsonian tools will enable museum collections, scientific specimens, and entire research sites to be digitally recorded, studied, and shared in immersive detail.
While their initiative likely focus on digitally capturing much of the massive museum's artifacts, we're hoping some of those captured 3D models may make their way to your 3D printer.
It's possible that, when the Smithsonian has an extensive 3D library, they may sell 3D models to the public, or perhaps provide low-res versions at reduced or no cost.
Via The Smithsonian