In the Society for Historical Archaeology’s blog, Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduate student Ashley McCuistion explains how the cutting edge in modern 3D technology is helping to educate people about archaeology:
I began my involvement as an intern last summer, and very quickly began to appreciate the significance of the technology I was becoming familiar with. VCL employs a NextEngine 3D Desktop Scanner, which uses laser technology to create three-dimensional models of objects. The user can then process the model and finalize it in STL or OBJ formats, which can be shared via the internet or on a number of electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets.
“We also have a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, which can print plastic copies of the models we have created. There are countless ways that this technology could benefit archaeology, but as a student who was still fairly new to the field, I saw its greatest potential in education and public outreach.