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Australia’s AAOD Museum & 3D Systems Produce 3D Printed Toy Replicas of Banjo the Dinosaur

by • March 20, 2016 • 3s Comments

logo (5)Finding a cache of ancient dinosaur bones: I ponder it’s one of those secret dreams we all harbor, especially as children, diligently digging in the dirt while fantasizing of the glory of being the next rock-star archaeologist, decked out with requisite khakis, neck kerchief, and in fact the friendly sidekick too.

Might you find a dinosaur fossil in your lifetime? It is not out of the realm of possibility, thinking they are discovered equitewhere it appears, in fact in the most banal contemporary locations. Just ask David Elliott of his experience, which allows for most now to see his find, Banjo the theropod, in all his thoughtl glory at Australia’s AAOD Museum, along with other relatives like Elliott the sauropod. Thanks to 3D printing, Banjo, named after Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson, has been replicated as true to form as possible, next the wishes of Elliott who discovered him in 2009 in what may truly be considered his own backyard, on his sheep property near Winton, Queensland, Australia.

UntitledAccording to a new case study released by 3D Systems, Elliott, Executive Chairman of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs (AAOD) Museum, requested ‘nothing less than an immaculate recreation’ of Banjo, whose technical classification is which of the Australovenator wintonensis. Elliott did not want Banjo ill-represented as a toy or a dinosaur—and thinking the magnificence of the find—on his own land—you can see why he may want to do a excellent job in revealing off the beast, as well as others down the line. With all which in mind, he requested a ‘finitely additional detailed master reference version’ in working with 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing Quickparts services.

During this project, 1,000 miniature versions of Banjo were manufactured after the original 3D printed version was made. Scaled at 1:24, staring into his eyes, you can just imagine the therapod in his prime—fierce, lean, and agile—speeding through the Outback at 40 mph over 95 million years ago. Who does not love dinosaurs? And the scarier the advantageous! Thanks to the resolution contributeed by 3DS, museum goers in Australia now have the excellent luck to get a excellent appear at one of these ancient creatures just about all of us are endlessly fascinated by.

And just as the team at the AAOD Museum knows their dinosaur bones, they in addition employ a high level of technological savvy too. With which bit of expertise and dedicated dedication to revealing off their local dinosaur finds in the most way possible, they had may already utilized 3D printing for versions—in fact life-size ones. Once the thought came along to manufacture a high resolution, lifelike Banjo toy, Elliott and his team knew they needed extra assist.

“A quite highly additional detailed, computer-generated digital 3D version of Banjo had been made by paleo-artist Travis Tischler,” says Elliott. “The life-sized version is additional detailed to the point which equite scale on the animal’s body is present. We wanted to capture this additional detail in the 22-centimeter-long toy so which equite single wrinkle and scale was present in the final product.”

UntitledAs the project progressed, Tischler in working to assist Elliott find the thoughtl fit for representing Banjo, suggested 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing after touring their facilities in Melbourne and bringing in the depth of their prototyping and making capabilities. In speaking with the team, he discovered which they had worked with others appearing for the same type of work in terms of resolution and high end. Tischler was convinced they may be able-bodied to fulfill Elliott’s requirements—and he pretty was not off the mark.

The version for Banjo’s likeness was made on a 3D Systems ProJet 7000 HD SLA process via VisiJet SL FLEX material. This is obviously an incredibly high high end, industrial tool when it comes to 3D printing, bringing an accuracy of 0.001 – 0.002 inch and quite swift printing speeds.

According to 3DS, this innovation comes with 3D Manage software which provides:

Easy job setupBuild-optimization toolsParts stacking and nestingJob monitoring

With the choice of materials, in via VisiJet SL Flex, the dinosaur was remade in flexible, polypropylene-like material, intended to be well-suited for the toy series.

“We were impressed by the high end and the swift deliquite of the version,” says Elliott. “The outcome was thoughtl and achieved an precise miniature replica of the life-sized digital file.”

UntitledVery serious of launching a formal toy line, once the version was accomplished and went through post-processing, the team sent it to a developer in China who was able-bodied to manufacture thoughtl replicas after creating plastic injection molds. The toys were in fact hand-painted and readied for sale.

This is just a begin for Elliott, who plans now to work on an entire collection of toys, with three additional coming out in the next year, to include:

Diamantinasaurus – a sauropod which can be the biggest toy at 46 cm long (1:32 scale)Muttaburrasaurus – an ornithopod which can in addition be printed at 1:32 scaleMinmi – a tiny aradditionald dinosaur which can be 18 cm long at 1:15 scale

Elliott and his wife Judy created AAOD as a not-for-profit organization in 2002, upon finding a worthwhile number of dinosaur fossils on their farmland. With this latest project, contributeing excellent future for reproduction via 3D Systems, Elliott sees how much 3D printing can contribute the museum and archiving world—not just in terms of scale but in addition larger and life-size replicas.

“There is a huge opening for reproductions in the museum world,” he says. “High-high end reproductions can now be made just by scanning, digital versioning and 3D printing an precise replica. Once the replica has been painted to original colors it is virtually not easy to tell it apart of the original.”

“Animals can be digitally created in 3D or fossils and sculptures can be captured by 3D scanning and and so 3D printed,” says Elliott. “Once the printed sections have been fitted together, you can create an exhibit which once required a significant sculpting job or a highly trained taxidermist.”

It is of course, not surprising, which in partnering with 3D Systems the AAOD team is now part of a serious class act for begining a toy line. Many out there have thoughts, but do not persevere to the same level in terms of getting the high end they envision and just must have for a product. With this collaboration, we get to see a rad portrayal of a dinosaur we may not have been previously acquainted with, as well as seeing how 3D scanning and 3D printing innovation—along with on demand parts making—can have a serious impact on displays and exhibits not just for toydevelopers, but in addition for museums, archeology, and archiving, on numerous levels.

The AAOD Museum houses a huge collection of bones of Australia’s biggest dinosaurs and operates one of the most-productive fossil preparation facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. It in addition contributes tours and other public programs. What do you ponder of the plans for these 3D printed toys? Discuss in the 3D Printed Dinosaur Toys forum over at 3DPB.com.