Date of Award
Master of Arts
Leslie L. Luebbers
Patricia Victoria Podzorski
Museums have long been regarded as sacred spaces, housing a plethora of objects intended to be admires and contemplated upon, but too often they remain physically unreachable. This thesis project seeks to use the process of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, to allow visitors to establish a more personal connection with museum items. The exhibit facilitated interaction between the Technology Sandbox and library visitors. This process included selecting items from the collection of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, digitizing and printing items using the technology available in the Ned R. McWherter Library Technology Sandbox, creating and installing the exhibit using the genuine and replicated items in the rotunda of the library. Additionally, the paper portion of this thesis project documents the project methodology and details the importance of 3D printing in museum settings.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Cordray, J Michelle, "Handling History: An Exploration in the Use and Significance of 3D Printing in Museum Exhibits" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2023.