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Re: 3D fossil printing
I've seen an enlarged 3D print of an Ausktribosphenid mandible. If the quality
of the scan is good
(access to a synchrotron helps), the details in the replicas can be amazing.
On Thu, Jan 24th, 2013 at 4:41 AM, "Richard W. Travsky" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> This sounds very cool. I'd love to have some early homninid printings.
> I wonder how detailed this can get
> 3D print a fossil with virtual palaeontology
> SERGIO AZEVEDO was prospecting at an old railroad site in So Paulo state,
> Brazil, when he discovered the fossilised bones of an unknown animal.
> "Many times when you find a fossil in the field it's impossible to
> determine how much of the ancient animal you have," he says. "Sometimes
> you have just part of a bone or a tooth." Azevedo has a solution to this
> perennial problem, which also acts as a safety net in case a stray hammer
> blow destroys an ancient fossil during excavation. Just scan it and print
> His team at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio used a portable CT
> scanner to determine the orientation of the specimen in the ground, then
> they cut out a large section of rock to take back to the lab. There the
> encased fossil was probed using a more powerful scanner - and a 3D replica
> printed out in resin.
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