Imagine printers helping in Paleontology by printing Dinosaurs and Mammoths. Sounds unusual, right? Hold on, this has become true now. Yes, the new range of 3D printers is now helping in creating fossils which has made 3D printers immensely popular among the paleoanthropologists. Any sort of models of extinct animal species-from monkeys to the Jurassic park beasts can now be created easily with the help of 3D printers.
This is also great news for museums that exhibit ancient models of extinct animals as they can replace the existing structures with new 3D printed models. These 3D printers form layers of liquid plastic for creating a 3D model of the object or to put it in context-the replicas of fossils. The fossil models also function as tools for teaching, as the original fossils are fragile and require to be handled delicately.
3D printing has helped in simplifying the fossil reconstruction by creating the fossils of those whose remains never got fossilized. These printers are also helpful in creating the prototypes as well as printing human organs. The best part is that more than one object can be printed at a time.
The printer head helps in creating a perfect shape as per the object which is displayed on the computer head. The deposited plastic layer is 20 mm thick and settles using the UV light which helps in transition from liquid to solid state . The basic idea of these 3D printers is layering and building up the fossils.