Watch as Laser Scanners and CNC Millers Restore a Castle's Gargoyles

Even a building made of stone is still subject to the ravages of time, and the intricately carved gargoyles on Kronborg Castle in Denmark were in desperate need of repair before they crumbled into dust. We all know how easy it is to replicate something using a 3D printer, but if you need something made of stone, it's… » 7/11/14 1:20pm Friday 1:20pm

1914 Coney Island Diorama Is World's Largest Desktop-Printed Sculpture

Luna Park opened in Brooklyn in 1903, during the heyday of Coney Island attractions. This weekend, artist Fred Kahl pays tribute to the park's history with a 3D-printed model depicting it as it appeared 100 years ago. It's being billed as the largest art installation ever created on a desktop 3D printer, and building… » 5/24/14 4:00pm 5/24/14 4:00pm

Trying Out a 3D-Scanner That Makes Helmets Custom-Molded to Your Head

It's not hard to find a badass-looking helmet for your adrenaline-fueled hobbies. The trick is finding one that fits correctly. For decades, that's meant buying a standard (S/M/L) size lid and rearranging the padding to conform to your noggin. Recently, I got to try out a much better way. » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

3D Scanning Saved These Ancient Footprints Just Before They Washed Away

In May 2013, a storm uncovered these ancient footprints on an English beach. At over 800,000 years old, they're the oldest human ancestor footprints ever found outside of Africa. The storm that revealed them soon washed them away too, but scientists have been studying the footprints for months after the fact, thanks… » 2/07/14 6:40pm 2/07/14 6:40pm

The Smithsonian Is Uploading Its Lost Treasures to the Internet

With over 137 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens in its collections, the Smithsonian can't display even one percent of that at any given time. Many historically significant pieces won't go on display in our lifetimes and other likely won't ever see the light of day again. But their replicants will. » 11/13/13 9:00am 11/13/13 9:00am

The First 3D Scan of the Tower of Pisa Will Help Preserve It Forever

A team of Australian researchers recently climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a 3D scanner and came back with the most detailed map of the building ever. At first you might think that the beautiful results were meant for a museum, but this detailed scan will help scientists protect it from ruin. » 9/18/13 1:29pm 9/18/13 1:29pm

This Tiny Mobile 3D Scanner Snaps Right Onto Your iPad

3D scanning has been around for years, but it's traditionally required the use of a clunky device. Today, a Bay Area startup has unveiled a tiny alternative: The Structure Scanner, a diminutive 3D scanner that hooks right into your iPad, allowing you to capture 3D information about the world around you. » 9/17/13 12:07pm 9/17/13 12:07pm

A Handheld 3D Scanner Could Let You Upload Your Whole World

3D printing is more popular and accessible than ever, and printers are on course to get even cheaper soon. But printing is only one side of the equation; what about taking 3D pictures? There's a convenient, handheld gadget in the works that could do just that, and way cheaper than anything else has before. » 7/31/13 3:32pm 7/31/13 3:32pm

The Beautiful, Precise Images of Buildings That 3D Scanning Enables

3D scanning—though it's been around since the 1960s—has been in the news of late, with Harvard using the technology to recreate ancient statues and MakerBot announcing a desktop scanner last month. But cheaper, faster, and more accessible 3D scanners aren't just revolutionizing how we print terrifying models of our… » 4/25/13 1:00pm 4/25/13 1:00pm