An item at Mental Floss pointed me to a beta project that the Smithsonian is running. The project is called X 3D. It includes a browser based 3D viewer and more interestingly the ability to download models of objects that have been scanned and uploaded by the institution.
They haven’t loaded very many objects yet. The Killer While Hat caught my eye. While all the objects are pretty neat, I would think that the Wooly Mammoth Skeleton and Abraham Lincoln’s Life Masks would get a lot of attention.
I have always thought that creating some chain mail would be an interesting 3D project. Can you imagine being able to print 3D armour from the Smithsonian? I’m waiting for them to upload some cool swords….
X 3D site: http://3d.si.edu/