3D Printing

3D printing at London Science Museum experiments with emerging technology

A new ‘Wonderlab’ costing $7.5 million at the Science Museum in London, UK will allow people of all ages to immerse themselves in new technology such as virtual reality and 3D scanning.  The Wonderlab plans to reveal the true beauty of maths and science to all. 3D scanning takes an important place in the exhibit enhancing the experience for visitors, and is the latest use of the technology as a educational tool.

Explosive demonstrations

At the show there are seven areas including a chemistry bar where guests can order chemical potions, travel through space or experience lightning. The space features were created in partnership with the European Space Agency. All the scientific fields are covered, including physics for those who prefer explosive demonstrations.

Chemistry bar. Image via Science Museum
The Chemistry bar at the London Science Musuem. Photo via London Science Museum.

Budding mathematicians will enjoy The Winston gallery, designed by the famed group Zaha Hadid Architects. The gallery has been created around an airplane wing to represent turbulence.

Explosive demos Image via Lonely Planet
Explosive demonstrations at the London Science Museum. Photo via Lonely Planet.

A digital lab for 3D scanning

The digital lab is where 3D scanning and virtual reality can be found together with HD rotational photography, the exhibit was created in partnership with Samsung. The digital lab brings museum objects to life. Rotational HD photography will bring to life the world-renowned William Thomson Tide Predicting Machine created by a 19th century engineer of the same name.

The museum are keen to continue innovating and believe digitization of their world-famous artifacts will allow them to engage fully with their visitors.

With this news the Wonderlab becomes the largest interactive gallery in London and with a total of 50 experiments to view it is much larger than it’s predecessor which was 60% smaller.

For similar articles covered by 3DPI check out a scanning session in Turin’s Egyptian Museum and how museums taking advantage of 3D scanning is beneficial for all.

Featured image shows The Winston Mathematics gallery. Taken from Science Museum.