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Something big happened earlier this year at the White House Maker Faire:

The very first 3D-printed bust of a sitting U.S. president made its debut.

The bust of President Obama was created by a Smithsonian-led team of 3D-digital-imaging specialists, Autodesk and 3D Systems, in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. It took two different technologically sophisticated 3D documentation processes to generate the data needed to create this portrait.

And today, the White House is releasing a new behind-the-scenes video showing how that bust was made.

The video showcases the full process of scanning, creating, and printing the historic portrait — which will also be on view in the Commons Gallery of the Smithsonian Castle starting today.

Watch and learn more about the scanner that the Institute for Creative Technologies team used to create the image, as well as the handheld 3D scanners and traditional SLR cameras used to create an accurate representation. The video also highlights the post-processing of the data and the actual 3D-printing process using hi-resolution printers.

The video illustrates the innovative capabilities of 3D scanning, modeling, and printing. The versatility of these technologies can be seen in their various applications to different fields, from bioengineering and space to sustainable design.

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