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Live 3-D Scanning of USS Monitor Artifacts

Saturday, January 28, 2023

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST

In Person

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  • The Mariners’ Museum and Park
  • NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
  • Murilo Basso from the University of West Florida’s (UWF)
    Sea 3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

About the event:

Come experience where technology and conservation intersect to bring history to life at The Mariners’ Museum and Park! In collaboration with NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the University of West Florida, the Museum’s Conservation team will present interactive and hands-on activities showcasing how today’s cutting-edge technology helps bring stories of the iconic USS Monitor and its artifacts to life.

With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the discovery of USS Monitor’s shipwreck, spend the day engaging with conservation experts from The Mariners’, NOAA, and the University of West Florida! Experience the incredible technology that allows us to share Monitor’s storied legacy through hands-on/interpretive activities:

  • Watch Murilo Basso from the University of West Florida’s (UWF) Sea 3-D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory conduct live 3-D scanning of several artifacts recovered from the USS Monitor shipwreck in the Museum’s Lower Lobby. Learn how modern technology is used to digitize an artifact and share it virtually in 3-D, enabling objects to be replicated for educational and research purposes.
  • Enjoy a virtual reality experience in the Main Lobby as NOAA representatives dive down to Monitor’s wreck site for a close up view. See how the wreck has become a living marine sanctuary covered and surrounded by all kinds of ocean life.
  • Imagine being inside the engine room of Monitor and observing the sights and sounds of a running steam engine! This will be made possible when Will Hoffman, chief conservator at The Mariners’, showcases the replica of a Worthington steam pump in the Main Lobby next to the USS Monitor Center entrance. See how advanced 3-D scanning and printing, in conjunction with traditional metal casting techniques, enables the reproduction of a full-size running steam engine.

Registration is not required. Included in $1 admission.
FREE for Mariners’ Museum Members.

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