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This Is How The Historic 3D-printed Portrait Of Barack Obama Was Created

The White House has released a behind-the-scenes video.

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A team from the Smithsonian Institution has created the first ever 3D-printed portrait of a sitting US president.

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The digital model of Barack Obama was created using handheld 3D scanners, 50 custom-built LED lights, and a combination of hi-res sports cameras and traditional SLR models.

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The Smithsonian team worked with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies to create the historic portrait.

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The White House released a behind-the-scenes video of the process on Tuesday and said in a statement: "The video illustrates the innovative capabilities of 3D scanning, modeling, and printing."

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"The versatility of these technologies can be seen in their various applications to different fields, from bioengineering and space to sustainable design."

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The 3D portrait is now on display in the Commons Gallery of the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C.

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