President Obama Gave 3D Printers Much Love in June

President Barack Obama is shown a 3-D printer by Andy Leer, right, during a tour of TechShop Pittsburgh, a community-based workshop and prototyping studio in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 17, 2014. Watching at left is General Manger Matt Verlinich. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama is shown a 3-D printer by Andy Leer, right, during a tour of TechShop Pittsburgh, a community-based workshop and prototyping studio in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 17, 2014. Watching at left is General Manger Matt Verlinich. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

It’s usually never a bad thing to have the President associated with your industry and June was a big 3D printing month for President Obama.  Not only did he get a 3D printer demo at TechShop Pittsburgh (providing a great photo op), but he became the first sitting President 3D scanned and printed for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.Gone may be the days of a sculptor painstakingly creating a Presidential bust, replaced with digital perfection showing every wrinkle taking only seconds to acquire.  The Smithsonian is also putting much of their catalog online with the X 3D program where you can view and even print versions of artifacts for personal study.  It’s an exciting time for museums and technology!

President Obama 3D printed bust at Smithsonian.

President Obama 3D printed bust at Smithsonian.

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