The reading is in relation to how 3-D scanning and printing has affected the museum sphere. One of the websites that was mentioned in the articles was Thingiverse. Not all of the items on Thingiverse are museum artifacts, many seem to be knick-knacky (Easter eggs, key holders, etc.) or simple creations that fix or solve a perceived problem (can covers, can storage rack, toothpaste tube squeezer, etc.). By searching you can view the artifact specific 3-D prints available on the site. Here are some that I found with a cursory viewing.

There is a lot of statuary work on the site, but there is also scans of animals, both animals that still exist and ones that have gone extinct.

When clicking on a Thing (as the website calls it) you are brought to a secondary page with the download and more details on the scan, such as what it is, where the original is located, whether the scan has already been uploaded elsewhere, and more images of the scan/print.

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  1. Great Post! I wrote about something similar. The MIA has their statues up on a similar 3-D printing platform called Sketchfab. I know that some of the people in the art department have used Sketchfab, but I don’t necessarily know if there are any other bigger discrepancies other than the platform they are hosted on.

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