3D Printing takes you to Jamestown’s Historic Past


When it comes to cultural heritage site, Jamestown in Virginia is not some place to miss. That’s why concerned citizens of the area had found ways on how to share the amazing past of the town in the present and upcoming generation through the help of the latest cutting edge in technology, 3D printing.

 The masterminds of the Jamestown Rediscovery Education Shed or Ed Shed want to give people the chance to take a glimpse and learn about the historic site of their native town. They want to provide a window onto this country’s first ever English settlement. Luckily, they did not feel obliged to give this technology driven education tool a corny name such as “Ye Olde 3De Printing Shedde” and instead just found an awesome way way to interact with history.

 Based on the interview to Jeff Aronowitz, the Assistant Manager of Public & Educational Programs, the idea came to him after he had read the reviews made by people on TripAdvisor. He found out that most comments are about the facility having no features beneficial for kids. So a realization dawned on him that by showing vs. telling how people go from an artifact in the ground to a 3D print in their hand, they can be able to know how it feels like to be a part of the most progressive museums in terms of educational programming efforts.

The Jamestown Rediscovery Education Shed now houses equipment that ups the cool factor of any location: an Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker 2 Go, Structure 3D scanner, Samsung Gear VR, View-master VR, Apple TV, and an iPad.

Through these equipment, Using all of this gear, visitors are given a chance to get a closeup look at active excavations ongoing at Jamestown as well as experience and hold artifacts that before was off limits to the public.

Since the Shed was opened last June, over 10,000 visitors had came and had a very memorable experience. The creators are very happy to see the interest, enthusiasm and amazement that are felt by every young visitor who came in.

Thanks to 3D printing, the younger generations now has the opportunity to learn more about the past which they can use surely in the future.

Based on the story Historic Jamestown’s 3D Printing ‘Ed Shed’ Puts the Past at Visitors’ Fingertips by Hannah Rose Mendoza