3D scanning, 3D printing and 3D replicas at the Natural History Museum

3D scanning of a porpoise dissection

Event schedule details

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June

12.00-17.30

Event location details

Red Zone, underneath escalator in Earth Gallery space.

Natural History Museum

To celebrate the Great Exhibition Road Festival 2022, we are investigating the use of 3D scanning in the Museum. How do we recreate dinosaur bones? What does pollen look like? How can we make the invisible, visible?

This workshop will give families the opportunity to experience scanning their own creations and learn about the importance of digitising our collections using trailblazing technology.

Explore how scientists at the Museum bring our collections to life using polygon meshes with photorealistic visual texturing and sub-millimetre measurement accuracy. This new and exciting technology allows us to make our collections more readily available as well as recreating largescale specimens from millions of years ago – from microorganisms to monsters!

Visitor information

This is a drop-in event.

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Event categories

  • Family with 12+
  • Family with 7+
  • Workshop
3D scanning of a porpoise dissection