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3D printing Sophie the Stegosaurus

posted 08 March 2015 at 22:29:28


Last year, London’s Natural History Museum acquired the world’s most complete example of a Stegosaurus. Nicknamed Sophie, the 2.9m skeleton now occupies pride of place in the Museum’s Earth Hall. The museum has now commissioned specialist 3D printing company Voxeljet’s modelling subsidiary Propshop to laser-scan and create a 3D digital template of the dino. By investigating 3D prints of specific pieces – the skull, radial plates and tail bones – researchers will try to get to the bottom of questions that have long baffled paleontologists, such as what the radial plates were used for and how such an enormous creature moved and survived.