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«— What’s the chance of meeting a dinosaur on the street? — 50%! — Really! Why? — You’ll either meet one or you won’t!» A Joke.
For a while, we’ve known that archeologists have been using our technology successfully to scan excavation sites and fossils. We always wanted to try it for ourselves and recently got that chance.
We made our way down to the Moscow Paleontology Museum. There, we were asked to scan a large scull of a big Tarbosaurus — a creature that roamed the Earth about 70 million years ago.
Tarbosaurus — a close relative of Tyrannosaurus inhabited Asia and was a large bipedal predator, weighing more than a ton and equipped with dozens of large, sharp teeth which can be perfectly seen on the resulting scan. More about this dinosaur can be read on Wikipedia.
To capture not only shape, but color, we equipped ourselves with the new Artec MHT scanner (lovingly called
The final mesh turned out great and a bit terrifying. The teeth were huge! We were hoping not to meet one of these guys on the way back to the office, but if probability calculus and that joke at the beginning of this post are correct, everyone will meet a dinosaur at some point! ;)
Valentin Vanhecke of the Dutch company 4Visualization has scanned the astonishingly well preserved skeleton of a giant dinosaur that lived 66 million years ago. The newly mounted skeleton is now on display at a local museum.
Using Artec’s 3D scanning and software technology, Threeding.com will make more than 150 unique palaeontology models available to the 3D printing community.
Partnership between two industry leaders aims to disrupt the manufacturing marketplace for anatomical models by enabling widespread availability through 3D printing.