Obama Is First President to Be 3D-Printed

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.

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President Obama is Now the First President to be 3D Scanned and Printed (


—Becky Bratu, with The Associated Press