By Noah W. | 3DP4E
Over the past summer, The American Museum of Natural History in New York City taught students 3D modeling and printing technology to have them recreate a dinosaur skeleton.
The students were given a set of fossils from the museum’s collection and then shown how to create 3D models in order to create replicas. The students took between five and six thousand photos in order to capture all the details they would need to make the approximately 150 models. Aside from modeling and printing, the program had them practice ‘careful seeing’, a skill important to both paleontology and design.
Jordan, an eighth grade student who participated in the project, said of it, “It really taught me how paleontologists reconstruct and study dinosaurs and how they have to deal with disarticulated bones from different individuals, and broken bones.”
A ninth grade student, adds “I didn’t expect to see what we put together to actually come out. It was really precise…It has inspired me to maybe one day even go to college for paleontology. I always thought that I wanted to work with technology, but now after doing this I learned that I can do both of them together, then I feel that I can do this.”
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