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Lifelike Dino Toys Made Possible with 3D Printing

by • March 20, 2016 • No Comments

  • We’ve seen 3D scanning and 3D printing implemented on countless occasions to transport, restore, and replicate significant archeological finds. The innovation has actually allowed us humble humans to fabricate copies of dinosaurs, newly and previously found, such as the not long ago uncovered hadrosaur. It should be no surprise and so that the Australian Age of Dinosaurs (AAOD) Museum has utilized 3D printing to turn it into dino merchandise, 22-centimeter-long toy replicas of the famous Aussie AustralovenatorBanjo.


    David Elliott, Executive Chairman of the AAOD Museum, turned to 3D printing to turn it into a highly more detailed and accurate replica of their existing, full-scale Banjo skeleton. Named for Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson, Banjo the Australovenator wintonensis was found by the museum in 2009. The meat eater is hypothesized to have hunted the Land Down Under at speeds of 40 kph a few 95 million years ago. Bigger and most likely additional terrifying than the raptors of Jurassic Park, Banjo seemed liked he can manufacture the ideal toy.


    To scale the dino down of five meters to 22 centimeters, Elliot turned to 3D Systems’ Quickparts service. Travis Tischler, the artist behind the create, had toured the company’s production operation in Melbourne, Australia. “A quite highly more detailed, computer-generated digital 3D version of Banjo had been turn it intod by paleo-artist Travis Tischler,” Elliot explains. “The life-sized version is more detailed to the point that equite scale on the animal’s body is present. We wanted to capture this more detail in the 22-centimeter-long toy so that equite single wrinkle and scale was present in the final product.”

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    Implementing the ProJet® 7000 HD SLA system, 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing service was able-bodied to 3D print a finely more detailed copy of Tischler’s version of VisiJet® SL FLEX material. With an accuracy of 0.001 – 0.002 inch, the system delivered a polypropylene-like product that was post-systemed and sent to China for weight making of the final toys. Produced of plastic injection molds, 1,000 mini Banjos were hand-painted and sent back to AAOD, meeting Tischler’s original specifications. Elliott says, “We were impressed by the high end and the swift deliquite of the version. The outcome was ideal and achieved an precise miniature replica of the life-sized digital file.”

    In fact, Elliot was so impressed that they can be via the same system for three additional toys: a 1:15 scale version of an aradditionald dinosaur named Minmi, 18-cm long; 1:32 scale version of Muttaburrasaurus the ornithopod; and a weightive 46-cm long, 1:32 scale replica of Diamantinasaurus the sauropod. Elliot believes that the innovation won’t only be useful for his own non-profit museum, that he started with his wife Judy in 2002, but for museums of the world. He concludes, “There is a weightive opening for reproductions in the museum world. High-high end reproductions can now be created 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.”


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