Gone are the days of Lincoln and Washington’s plaster casts. President Obama’s portrait 3D-printed.
Recently produced by the Smithsonian Institution and a team of experts form the University of Southern California, the bust only required five minutes of the president sitting to get his face scanned by handheld 3-D cameras. Then, after an additional 40-hour-long process of digitally programmed plastic-melting, ta-da: This very topical and modern bust. The 3D-printed portrait will reside at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. According to the Los Angeles Times:
Presidential portrait paintings are a time-honored tradition for all sitting chief executives. But the Smithsonian in Washington has recently broken new ground by creating a 3-D printed portrait of President Obama that is believed to be the first of its kind for a serving president.