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    Smithsonian Artifacts Added to Tinkercad

    Donald Bell
    Published on - February 25, 2020 by Donald Bell


    Today, the Smithsonian announced their contribution of hundreds of 3D scans of historical artifacts into the Creative Commons through the Smithsonian Open Access Initiative. We’re excited to finally reveal that a portion of this collection will also live inside Tinkercad’s 3D editor.

    CollectionYou can browse the collection by opening the Tinkercad shapes panel in the 3D editor, and scrolling down to the Featured Collections > Smithsonian. From here you can choose from dozens of artifacts to incorporate into your design, remix, and reimagine.

    View Artifacts in AR

    Imagine placing a woolly mammoth skeleton on your classroom table for students to view, or a plaster cast of President Abraham Lincoln’s face. With augmented reality capability of Tinkercad’s iPad app, students can get an intimate view of rare historical artifacts in their own casual classroom setting.

    More in Creative Commons

    The models in Tinkercad are just a small part of the hundreds of 3D scanned artifacts that the museum has released into the public Creative Commons today. To explore more of the collection visit the Smithonian’s 3D Digitization page, where models can be viewed and explored within your web browser, and downloaded in high resolution.

    Just be aware that, unlike the handful of models we've already included and optimized, the high resolution files are too large to be imported into Tinkercad without first simplifying the design in a program like Autodesk Meshmixer.


    Classroom Use

    We’re especially excited to see how teachers and students make use of this new set of Smithsonian artifacts in Tinkercad. We imagine they could be used in a digital diorama or 3D printed for students to touch, or embedded into a PowerPoint report. But we won’t really know how these models are used until you show us. So be sure to share your projects with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or let us know which artifacts students find particularly inspiring.

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