Billed as the “largest collection of statues of women ever assembled,” the Smithsonian Institution unveils 120 3D-printed sculptures of women researchers, scientists and engineers in STEM disciplines on and around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Women’s History Month, according to an article from CNET. The If/Then exhibit features life-size, orange statues of real contemporary women in STEM designed, says the Smithsonian, “to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers."
According to the article, the real women featured in the exhibit had their bodies 3D-scanned. A 3D printer then created the sculptures using layers of acrylic gel. The entire process reportedly took about 10 hours for each statue. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of March.
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