The shuttle fascinated me as a child and I even had a giant mural of it in my room. My inner child is giddy as you can now print your own 100% accurate space shuttle! The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum has scanned their shuttle and made the files open source. According to a great Forbes article on Discovery’s 3D scanning, Smithsonian 3D Digitization Office, Branch Manager, Vincent Rossi explained how they did it:
“We used a Surphaser laser scanner, Z+F laser scanner, and Canon 5DsR with mounted ring-flashes for photogrammetry capture all processed in REALITYCAPTURE software. Both the laser scans and the photogrammetry were processed into the final model. As you can see from some of the pics and videos we did some shots from the ground (for the heat shield and lower sides of shuttle) but a lot of the imagery and scans were captured from big cherry pickers.”
If you want the files you can find them below. Happy printing!