Is 3D Printing The New Tool For Palaeontology?
Josh Chan posted on July 10, 2012 | 3698 views

Photo Drexel University (New Jersey) has its engineering and palaeontology departments working together to recreate dinosaur fossils to better understand the ancient beasts. Dinosaur fossils and palaeontology have been a fascinating field for many but limited until recently due to technological factors. This is a big step for this field of study.

“Experimenting with full-sized skeletons is impossible, and sculpted scaled-down versions sacrifice accuracy.”

Many people believe that the dinosaur’s shape and movement correspond to its size. 3D scanners and 3D printers work with each other to aid this process by scanning existing fossils and printing them to be studied further. 3D printing is used because of its high accuracy when compared to traditional techniques. Full sized models of the dinosaurs would be inefficient to recreate, and scaled models without the use of 3D printing lose accuracy.

How do you think this will impact the archaeology and palaeontology field as a whole?

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