We're digitizing the Smithsonian's treasures in 3-D. Ask us anything!
Howdy! We’re Vince Rossi and Adam Metallo, 3-D imaging specialists at the Smithsonian, also known as the Laser Cowboys(http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/How-Two-Laser-Cowboys-Saved-The-Day.html). We just launched Smithsonian X 3D (http://3d.si.edu/) the first public collection of 3D models of Smithsonian artifacts and research which you can manipulate through our custom-built Web GL Explorer or download for free as a point cloud or 3D print file.
We’re hoping that you’ll use them to do cool stuff like see what it’s like to be in the pilot seat of the Wright Flyer(http://3d.si.edu/explorer?s=ix4EIH), hold a dying star in your hand (http://3d.si.edu/explorer?modelid=45) or understand how wooly mammoth skeleton (http://3d.si.edu/explorer?modelid=55) is put together. We also hope you creative types out there will do stuff with this data that we aren’t even thinking about yet. We also want to know—what objects would you like to see us scan in our next collection?
We'll be here until 1pm ET
**ETA: You guys have been awesome. Thanks for keeping us on our toes (https://twitter.com/3D_Digi_SI/status/401411774664429568/photo/1) . Heading back to the corral now to do some more lasering (pewpew!). You can keep up to date on our work on Twitter: https://twitter.com/3d_digi_si or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3d.si.edu