3D Scans of 7,500 Famous Sculptures Available Online to Download and 3D Print

Free 3D Models 3D Printed Art Scan the World

‘The Bust of Nefertiti' by Thutmose (1340 BCE)

A few weeks ago, the world-renowned British Museum made a 3D model of the Rosetta Stone—one of its most prized and popular artifacts—available online. This fascinating free resource is one of many in a wave of recent digitization projects carried out by museums and other contemporary cultural institutions aiming to make art accessible to all. Before the museum blessed the digital world with its multidimensional masterworks, however, My Mini Factory‘s Scan the World was wowing audiences with its own 3d models of culturally-significant objects.

Composed of nearly 8,000 models, the collection of 3D works spans a myriad of materials, mediums, and time periods. From a 1340 BC bust of Nefertiti made of limestone and stucco to Michelangelo's 14th-century Pieta carved from marble, the sculptures explored and presented by Scan the World creatively trace trends throughout art history. In addition to well-known works of art and artifacts, the project also presents 3D models of world-renowned landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and even London's Big Ben.

To create each model, Scan the World first captures 50 images of an artwork or artifact. These images are then overlapped in a meticulous process called photogrammetry, which results in a single, sculptural representation of the original object. By employing “cost effective 3D scanning and printing technologies,” Scan the World hopes to present 3D printing to the public in an  approachable and accessible way—one scan at a time.

Scan the World, a digitization project, offers free 3D models of 3D printed art.

Free 3D Scans Famous Art Sculptures and Statues Scan the World Nefertiti

3D printing ‘The Bust of Nefertiti' by Thutmose (1340 BCE)

Free 3D Scans Famous Art Sculptures and Statues Scan the World The Thinker

‘The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin (1880)

Free 3D Scans Famous Art Sculptures and Statues Scan the World Venus de Milo

‘Venus de Milo' by Alexandros of Antioch (101 BCE)

Free 3D Models 3D Printed Art Scan the World

‘The Bust of Julius Caesar' by Andrea di Pietro di Marco Ferrucci (c. 1512-1514)

Free 3D Models 3D Printed Art Scan the World

‘The Great Buddha of Kamakura' (1252)

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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