February 1, 2023
Rochester Institute of Technology, Grace Walker.
In May-June 2022, IPI conducted an online survey assessing how collecting institutions are using 3D printing and interacting with 3D printed objects and materials. The survey covered three major areas: 3D printed objects and artwork found in collections, conservation treatments of 3D printed objects, and 3D printing in preservation and access activities, including its use as a tool in conservation treatments of non-3D printed objects, exhibition and display, and collections transportation. Participants were able to choose which sections of the survey to take depending upon their professional experience with 3D printing. A preliminary report containing a few of the survey highlights was released in August of 2022. The full-length report provides a more comprehensive list of the questions asked in the survey and summarizes the survey findings. The full length report is available on the 3D Printed Materials page.
The Image Permanence Institute is looking for an early- to mid-career conservation professional (all disciplines are encouraged to apply) who is committed to supporting and assisting collecting institutions with essential preventive conservation activities.
IPI is thrilled to announce that Dr. Marvin Cummings will join the team as Research Scientist in November 2022. Marvin brings extensive research experience from the technology sector, with a solid interdisciplinary background across the physical sciences, engineering, and archeometry.
The Image Permanence Institute received a National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the amount of $711,598 to support a three-year research project that will study the relationship between equilibrium moisture content (EMC) and the physical stability of plastics and plastic composite artifacts found in museums.
This month, IPI is completing the first year of a three-year research project aimed at building a foundational understanding of how museums are creating, collecting, and consuming 3D printed objects. In May and June of 2022, project work included an online survey assessing how collecting institutions are using 3D printing and interacting with 3D printed objects and materials across a broad range of activities.