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PREPARATION OF FOSSIL AND OSTEOLOGICAL 3D-PRINTABLE MODELS FROM FREELY AVAILABLE CT-SCAN MOVIES

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Abstract

Changes in the online availability of 3D models of skeletal elements and 3D printer technology have made it feasible to develop a fossil or osteological collection from scratch. Many online sites have models that can be freely downloaded and 3D printed. Other sites have CT-scan movies online—which can be downloaded and turned into printable 3D models by using the free software suite SPIERS. Post-processing of the printed models (sanding, painting, etc.) can make them almost visually indistinguishable from real specimens.

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Affiliations
[Department of Geology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 61455, USA]
Journal
16465806
JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES
GEAL, Museu da Lourinha (Portugal)
1646-5806
2016
: 16
: 1-10
© 2016 Hegna and Johnson

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