|Smithsonian and Autodesk employees conduct a 3-D scan of the spacecraft. (Matt McFarland/The Washington Post)
Some of my Autodesk colleagues and the Smithsonian laser cowboys are capturing the Apollo 11 lunar module in 3D this week. Current Reality Capture and Computing technologies allow us to preserve and study the detail of an object from a small beetle to historic items such as the Apollo module or even the USS Arizona. Read more about this project in the Washington Post article.
The Smithsonian is 3D scanning Apollo 11 to share with the digital generation – The Washington Post
Incredible Fact: The Apollo11 computers had less processing power than today's cellphones, & they made it back to Earth.
Also check out the Smithsonian X3D project and models in the web viewer developed by Autodesk. You could 3D print your own artifact from the Smithsonian or just explore them. The goal is to capture in digital 3D the entire Smithsonian collection at over 137 million items for all to view.