Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
The British Museum has just released the 3d print files for 14 objects from the collection, which can be printed either in the museum, or at home. For now, this is a fascinating use of technology that will undoubtably attract new audiences and attention to the museum. But what does it mean for the future? Will all museums and cultural attractions eventually have 3d printers, like they have penny mashing machines now? Will you be able to download 3d files for your home computer of any Smithsonian object, since they’re technically public property? I am most excited about 3d printing applications for the study of art history. Imagine being able to print off a replica of the statue you’re studying for class, or making miniature versions of work you’re curating for a show. The possibilities are limitless!