Dec 03 2014

The Story Behind President Obama's 3D-Printed Portrait

The maker movement is in full swing at the White House, and even President Barack Obama is getting involved. He recently became the first sitting president to have his likeness recreated in a 3D portrait. Check out this behind-the-scenes video below to see the full process from start to finish. The final product is on display at the Commons Gallery of the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C.

"The video and exhibit of the 3D portraits are part of an ongoing effort by the administration to call attention to the significance of the maker movement this year," Stephanie Santoso, a senior adviser for making at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in a blog post. The Smithsonian led the team of 3D digital imaging specialists, in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.


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