A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama to create the first 3D printed portrait of a sitting president.
According to The Associated Press, experts scanned Obama earlier this year using two different processes: a "light stage" face scanner and hand-held 3D scanners and cameras to help build a bust of the 44th president. It took 40 hours to print.
"You can see down to the wrinkles in the skin and the pores on his face," Vince Rossi, a 3D imaging specialist, told the AP.
The bust is set to become part of the National Portrait Gallery collection.
Guenter Waibel / Smithsonian Institution via AP
The first presidential portrait created from 3-D scan data. A team at the Smithsonian Institution has created the first 3D presidential portraits to depict President Barack Obama in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Digital imaging specialists have created a 3D printed bust and life mask of Obama. Both were shown for the first time Wednesday at the first ever White House Maker Faire with a gathering of inventors and students.
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President Obama is Now the First President to be 3D Scanned and Printed (Smithsonian.com)
—Becky Bratu, with The Associated Press
First published June 18 2014, 6:24 PM