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Crowdsourcing the 3D Printed Past: Building a Bootherium bombifrons

When people ask me whether they should get a 3D printer, I usually say no, not yet.  3D printing technology is very much in its infancy, and anyone who has a 3D printer knows they are quite temperamental, and require a considerable amount of coddling–each has its own personality quirks.  Yet, 3D printers hold quite … Continue reading

I Explained 3D Scanning and 3D Printing to Weird Al at Jamestown, and Other Tales of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

by Bernard K. Means, Director So, yes, I explained 3D scanning and 3D printing at Jamestown to Weird Al Yankovic and his family at Jamestown.  But, more on that below! It may be summer, and most of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) students who intern with me during the academic year in the Virtual Curation … Continue reading

Monuments Men: 3D Scanning of a 1790s DC Boundary Stone, one of the first National Monuments

by Bernard K. Means, Director The nation’s first national monuments, according to Sharon K. Thorne Smith of the Daughters of the American Republic (DAR), are limestone markers placed along the boundaries of the 100-square-mile section carved out of Maryland and Virginia by the U.S. Congress in 1790 to become what is now Washington, D.C. According … Continue reading