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Re: 3D fossil printing

Richard, I've had a lot of experience with 3D printing.  Detail depends on how 
much you'd like to spend and what service you will use.

  If you'd like to discuss this with me by phone ( easier for me these days) 
I'd be happy to talk to you!  Just send me a private message and I'll give you 
my #.

On Jan 23, 2013, at 9:41 AM, Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu> wrote:

> This sounds very cool. I'd love to have some early homninid printings.
> I wonder how detailed this can get
> http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21728996.500-3d-print-a-fossil-with-virtual-palaeontology.html
> 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 it.
> 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.
> [...]