4th of July 2016

4th of July is a time where everyone is outside either barbecuing, swimming, drinking, spending time with the family or doing a little bit of all of that. Since July is also known for the summertime, that means lots of sun and especially in Louisiana it's the hottest time of the year. These 3D printed glasses are perfect to both protect your eyes and make a statement, who's isn't going to be talking about these glasses once you put them on and show them off.

The great thing about these 3D printed glasses are that they aren't just for 4th of July but yet better suited for any kind of celebration with any combination of the three colors and that they should last longer than just this Independence day. The 4th of July 3Dprinted glasses that have the fireworks on the top of them are 4th of July themed and are supposed to be placed over the glasses as a cover for the tradition red, white and blue sunglasses but don't let that stop you from showing them off and getting people talking about your love for 3D printing.

The Statue of Liberty

In 1886 when France gave the Statue of Liberty to the newly founded United Stated of America it was a symbol of hope and a symbol of freedom for a new life. Before anyone really knew what 3D printing or 3D scanning was in the early 2000's compared to as it is known today the US government wanted to have accurate 3D models of their national heritage and the Statue of Liberty was the first one on the list. Now as she stands at 305 feet from the ground level to the tip of the torch and at 151 ft from the bottom of the statue you bet that getting a 3D scan of Lady Liberty was going to be a major issue.

With the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, the help of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the NationalPark Service (NPS) and with four days worth of 3D scanning they finally overcame that issue. Choosing the Cyrax state-of-the-art 2500 3D Laser Scanner for it's ability to capture highly detailed surface of large structures made it a perfect match for the complex Statue of Liberty. This extraordinary task took four days of 3D scanning from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm in over 13 locations on the water and then that made up 60% of the statue. From various locations on the water parts of the bottom of the statue and from the top view of the statue were missing from the overall project but with onsite location and airborne scanning Lady Liberty finally finished 3D scanning. The tough part was putting all the 3D scanning data together to create the full version of the Statue of Liberty. Now with the project finally completed this will mark an important chapter in the statue’s history and will keep the statue safe for future generations and give us something to look at when we finally have it 3D printing sitting on desk.

The Liberty Bell

Where would we be if it wasn't for the Declaration of Independence. Celebrating 238 years of our independence from Great Britain back on July 4th 1778 when we signed the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. While the Liberty Bell is no longer housed at Independence Hall since we last rang it's bell on February 23, 1846 it has been kept under careful watch but there are those who are privileged to work and maintain for the Liberty Bell. Jeff Koons is one who has had the privileged to work for the people who maintain the Liberty Bell and even has an exact replica made from his work. Jeff describes his replica of the Liberty Bell as a "near-perfect replica of an imperfect object." Jeff worked after hours with Direct Dimensions to conduct structured-light scans to capture all the external data that he was going to need for the CAD (computer aided program). With 128 people at his side working tirelessly day in and day out, it's safe to say that the 3D printed version of the Liberty Bell is as Jeff himself has stated that it looks like a near-perfect replica and we couldn't agree more.