Full-color, 3D printed replica of Seattle Art Museum mask used for interactive exhibit for the visually impaired.
The Seattle Art Museum recently approached RapidMade to have us 3D print replicas for a special interactive exhibit that allows its visually impaired visitors to "see" the art displayed in "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art." The exhibit runs from tomorrow, June 18 - September 7. If you can't see our handiwork in person, here are photos courtesy of the Seattle Times.
Museums worldwide, including the Smithsonian and Tutankhamin's Tomb, have begun using 3D scanning and printing to reproduce, display, research and preserve artifacts that might otherwise be destroyed or lost over time.
Reproductions are typically made by scanning (often in full color) the original piece to obtain a digitized file that can then be printed. Once a file is created, we have the ability to alter, enlarge or shrink the pieces to the clients' specifications: produce a 4" replica of a 6' statue or exaggerate the features and modify the color scheme to create a new take on a work of art. It's even possible to use the digital files to make interactive video/software exhibits.