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VCU Archaeology

Happy Constitution Day from the Virtual Curation Laboratory

by Bernard K. Means


3D printed Alexander Hamilton and the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

Today, September 16, 2016 is Constitution Day in the USA and the Virtual Curation Laboratory has been busy working with Constitution-era objects.  These objects were scanned this summer at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of a project to create replicas that could add a tactile component to a new exhibit about the archaeology that took place on the National Constitution Center site.  Details on this 3D scanning project can be found here. Since a new semester dawned at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), we have been very busy in the Virtual Curation Laboratory printing and painting replicas of 3D printed versions of the 3D scans.

We have 3D printed most of the 3D scanned objects, with exception of a couple of the larger pieces.


I also digitally created a “whole” ceramic plate from a reconstructed plate that was about 60 percent complete.  I then digitally “broke” the plate and printed the fragments.  These fragments will join a cart of interactive activities associated with the new exhibit.


The exhibit is slated to open in December, and I’ll give an update at that time. In the meantime, Happy Constitution Day from the Virtual Curation Laboratory.



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