With a staggering collection totaling about 137 million pieces of art, artefacts and various interesting pieces from history from all parts around the world, the Smithsonian museum has no chance of displaying a mere one percent of its collection at any one given time.

It would be fair to say then that some of the most significant pieces of history will never get the opportunity to be displayed, or seen within our lifetime. Thus, making it possible that many pieces of history might not even see the light of day again.

The Smithsonian understands the importance of history: How it helps teach and provide understanding about how far we have come. It gives a better picture of how the past used to be and what can be learned from it. For that purpose, they have introduced the Smithsonian x3D Explorer program. This new program will help many of the public view all the museums artefacts directly online. All can enjoy, explore, and examine at anytime from anywhere there is a computer.

This recent program has been made possible only due to the help of professional 3d scanning. The introduction of 3d scanning has radically improved the quality at which items from the past can be restored, and scanned to create high quality digital replicas that can be viewed online. This means the original pieces from history remain undamaged or changed by the elements in anyway.

Laser scanning has become more popular than it has ever been and its services provide high quality results every time. This is just one of the reasons why it’s so sought after by companies and business’ from all over the world. The Smithsonian program is just one example of how 3d scanning can be used to better education and learning systems. It is a new way to discover more about the past that we would have missed if this technology were not around.