Kickstarter Project Saves Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

Spacesuits were designed for short-term use consisting of materials that wear out over time. The Smithsonian’s Nation Air and Space Museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to further conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first person to step foot on the moon.

The museum partnered with Kickstarter to raise money for a series of crowdfunded projects and hope to raise $500,000 to preserve the spacesuit. The cost will cover the design and construction of a climate-controlled display case along with 3D scanning to digitize it.

Armstrong’s spacesuit hasn’t been on display since 2006, but the museum hopes to have it on display for the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalk.

The climate-controlled display case will minimize deterioration of the spacesuit and will allow it to be back on display. This display and 3D scanning will allow the world to see history that forever changed the world.

“We want to preserve Armstrong’s spacesuit — and the story it tells of its incredible journey — down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface. Just like the Apollo program, we will accomplish this in collaboration of thousands of people across the country and around the world,” the Kickstarter description reads.

Because the goal of $500,000 was met, the museum will build a gallery featuring the spacesuit as its centerpiece; opening in 2020. The project goal of $500,000 was met and exceeded on July 24 with $541,798 pledged by 6,846 backers.

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Real-time face tracking + Projection Mapping = Face Hacking

Japanese producer and projection mapping specialist Nobumichi Asai colaborated with make-up artist Hiroto Kuwahara along with French digital image engineer Paul Lacroix to create this awesome video art installation entitled Omote. The title refers to the mask used in the traditional Japanese musical drama of Noh. Using real-time face tracking and projection mapping the team created a virtual mask on the face of a live mode..

The woman wears no makeup. Instead her face is covered in tiny sensors for 3D laser scanning of her features and the projection of a perfectly accurate three-dimensional facial replica making her appear as though her eyes are open when they’re really closed and that she’s wearing makeup:

Or undergoing surreal transformations straight out of anime or science fiction:

Welcome to the marvelous world of face hacking:

Watch Omote to get the full effect of this stunning project.

Then click here for even more of Nobumichi Asai’s awesome face hacking projects. We can’t wait to see how this fascinating technology is used in future.

[via Business Insider, RocketNews24 and WebUrbanist]


We are thrilled to announce our involvement in a history-making event. Yesterday at the whitehouse Maker Faire, we unveiled two 3-D printed portraits of President Obama. This is the first time a U.S. President has been scanned in 3-D and the prints and the data from the scan will become part of the collection the National Portrait Gallery. We had the honor of scanning him with our structured light scanners and with some of the most advanced 3-D technology including University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies’ Light-stage that was used to capture his face at high resolution. Our partners at Autodesk combined the two sets of scanned data into one model and 3D Systems created the 3D print using SLS nylon. We hope to share more details about the process soon, but for now you can read the press release 


More images of bones that were 3D printed from a CT scanned cheetah (photos of that process here).

Anthropologist and conservationist JP Brown modeled and rendered this skeletal for an upcoming exhibition about biomechanics, opening in March. This will be incorporated with an exterior model, the end result revealing a partial skeleton. Museums utilizing new technology in this way means we can share our research outside of our walls without having to worry about obtaining permits for protected species remains, or risk damaging permanent collections items. 

And, you know, it’s a printed cheetah.

Smithsonian Creates the First-ever 3D Presidential Portrait

The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask. They used 50 custom LEDs and 14 cameras to compile a detailed topography of the president’s head and upper torso.

See more about the process in this video:

[read more] [Official White House Photo by Pete Souza]


Glitches and Mistakes of 3D Scanning | ScanLAB Projects | Via

ScanLAB Projects provides 3D scanning services for architects, engineers, developers, museums, scientists and designers using various technologies including LIDAR and bespoke software to convert the data generated into accurate point-cloud models for generating 2D drawings and 3D models.

But the final images produced for clients do not show all of the data captured by the machines, which also record a layer of digital “noise” – visual data sometimes attributed to particles of dust, weather conditions and changes in light.


Sophie Kahn

The fragmented surfaces of artist Sophie Kahn’s sculpted bodies are created using the precise 3d print and scanning technology to capture the dynamic motion of our bodies, as they serve as a reflection of our history, identity and the space and world that we occupy. 

  1. Reclining Figure of a Woman (five years of sleep), 3d print from 3d laser scan, life size, 2013
  2. Torso of a Woman (shards), 3d print from 3d laser scan, life-size, 2013
  3. Woman, Head Thrown Back, 3d print from 3d laser scan, life-size, 2013
  4. Laura: RGB, 2011, full color 3d print, life size, 1/5
  5. Torso VIII, 2012, archival chromogenic print, 24" x 40", 1/5
  6. L: Clay (Fragment), 2012, glazed stoneware (cast from 3d print), life-size, 1/1
  7. Laura: RGB, 2011, full color 3d print, life size, 1/5, images posted with permission of the artist. 

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Rhizome: Prosthetic Knowledge Picks - Computational Photography

The latest in an ongoing series of themed collections of creative projects assembled by Prosthetic Knowledge. This edition brings together works dealing with computational photography, featuring new technologies which may alter the experience, relationship, and even definition of “the image.”

Examples includes viewing HD 3D scans of people through an Oculus Rift VR headset, a depth sensor for mobile devices, a virtual camera app for virtual spaces, 3D scanning and printing classic fine art, and viewing 360 panoramic videos through the Oculus Rift.

You can read the entire submission here


The Peachy Printer - The First $100 3D Printer & Scanner

Now it gets interesting. I really like the headphone-jack-hack.

From 3ders:

Unlike most low cost 3D printers on the market which focus on using cheap component but similiar 3D printer design, Saskatchewan, Canada based Rylan Grayson invented his own: the Peachy Printer, the world’s first $100 3D printer.

The peachy printer is a Photolithographic printer which uses a controlled beam of light to cure light sensitive resin into hard objects. The peachy moves a laser beam along the X and Y axes to create the shape of the object, while using a drip system to control the level of the resin on the Z axis which determines the height of the object.

Here is a video of how it works:

[Kickstarter] [Indiegogo] [Website] [via 3Dders]


Impossible White Portraits

Motivated by the idea of interpret classic portraits in a contemporary way, artist Craig Ward has scanned 3D portraits of New York Polyphony musicians and then created this series of white impossible busts. As if they were liquid, dissolving, these bustes pay tribute to a classic music style, those of 15th Century chamber music.