3D printed reproductions enable gallery visitors to touch and feel precious historical objects

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A parent's worst nightmare during a museum visit can be when kids try to grab the artefacts on display, but 'no touching' rules do present a barrier to interaction, making exhibitions less engaging. Dutch designer and art historian Maaike Roozenburg now hopes to change this with her Smart Replicas project, which uses augmented reality and 3D printed reproductions of priceless museum objects to make visits more hands-on. According to Roozenburg, not being able to touch and feel items in art galleries and museums “strips the objects of their main purpose and function – their original use – and isolates them…

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