You Can Now Download and 3D Print 18,000 Famous Sculptures and Artifacts

3D Printed Statues Available for Download from Scan the World

From upper-left corner, clockwise: lamassu of ancient Assyra; the Lewis chessmen; 18th-century vase; bust of Nefertiti. All scans available to download on Scan the World.

The world's grand museums—such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art—present sculpture to the masses. Ancient marble and modern bronzes are placed in vaulted halls and beautiful gardens so that guests can admire them. The digital developments of the past decade are now bringing the world of famous sculpture to you. If you have access to a 3D printer, you can download and create over 18,000 sculptures and artifacts from around the world thanks to the Scan the World collection on 3D-printing collaborative platform My Mini Factory.

Scan the World is an open-source collection of detailed scans taken of real-life works of art from all across the globe. These scans are downloadable and can be used to 3D-print your own mini masterpieces. An ongoing project by both art lovers and the 3D-printing community, Scan the World has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to acquire scans from museum collections around the world. For some works of art that are publicly displayed or difficult to reach, drones have been used to scan the object.

Included among the thousands of scans are ancient artifacts—such as an Egyptian fish flask, ancient stela with inscriptions, and even the legendary bust of Nefertiti (which can be found at the Neues Museum, Berlin). You will also find works of sculpture stretching from ancient Roman busts to modern abstract creations. Among the famous works you can download and print are Michelangelo's La Pietà, Rodin‘s The Thinker, and The Capitoline Wolf (which shows a young Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome).

The possibilities are endless while exploring Scan the World. Search by artist, artwork title, or popularity. Scan the World also hosts virtual visits to Paris and Vienna which can satisfy any travel lust. While 3D-printing technology is making huge advancements in the medical fields and offering creative solutions to some of the world's more challenging material science problems, Scan the World proves that the technology can also help bring an interactive art experience to a wide audience.

The project Scan the World has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture and countless museums to collect over 18,000 scans of artwork, artifacts, and statues from around the world.

The Capitoline Wolf at The Musei Capitolini, Rome

The Capitoline Wolf at The Musei Capitolini, Rome. (Photo: Scan the World, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

These scans can be downloaded and 3D-printed to make scale models of world-famous art, including Michelangelo's La Pietà.

La Pietà Michelangelo

La Pietà by Michelangelo. (Photo: SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst, Public domain)

An open-source project, the scans include a bust of Nefertiti and other ancient artifacts.

Lamassu from Ancient Assyria

Lamassu from Ancient Assyria. (Photo: Caz Egelie, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

What would you print?

The Thinker at the Musée Rodin, France

The Thinker at the Musée Rodin, France. (Photo: Musée Rodin, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

The Lewis Chessmen at The National Museum of Scotland

The Lewis Chessmen at The National Museum of Scotland. (Photo: Scan the World, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum, Berlin

Bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum, Berlin. (Photo: Scan the World, Public domain)

Vase with the attributes of Spring

Vase with the attributes of Spring, commissioned in 1742 by Philibert Orry, Director of the King's Buildings, for the park of the royal Chateau de Choisy. (Photo: Scan the World, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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h/t: [Colossal, Open Culture]

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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