This life mask was taken on February 11, 1865, a day before Abraham Lincoln’s fifty-sixth birthday, by sculptor Clark Mills. The 3-D object above is a 1917 copy from the casting given to the Smithsonian in 1889 by the sculptor’s son.
The Smithsonian Institution now offers a 3D archive of historic artifacts available for viewing, downloading, and printing. Because the site just launched and it is in beta, there are only 20 items available for printing. Among those 20 artifacts are a sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln’s head, the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, China’s ancient Cosmic Buddha, the American Revolution’s Gunboat Philadelphia, and Amelia Earhart’s Flight Suit.