I heard a new term at SolidWorks World: industrial archeology. That's where museums use SolidWorks to reconstruct industrial objects that no longer exit. The museums work with photographs, drawings, and diagrams.
SolidWorks allows the museum construct a digital model that works, incorporating original colors. It's not necessary to create the object physically -- just show a rotating 3D model with moving parts.
Examples include a Mason Bogey steam locomotive from 1880 and a vertical steam engine used by the Dresden Ferry in Germany a hundred years ago.