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Title: The role of 3D printing in biological anthropology
Authors: Allard, Travis T.
Supervisor: Robert D. Hoppa (Anthropology)
Examining Committee: Mary Silcox (Anthropology) Patrick Harrop (Architecture)
Graduation Date: October 2006
Keywords: Rapid Prototyping
3D Printing
Laser Scanning
Anatomical Modeling
Biological Anthropology
Virtual Reality
3D Imaging
3D Modeling
Virtual Reconstruction
Skeletal Replica
Museum Exhibit
Issue Date: 14-Sep-2006
Abstract: The following work explores the role of 3D printing in biological anthropology. A case study approach is used to provide an understanding of two different applications for 3D printing and to identify a potential methodology for creating 3D models. Case study one looks at the application of 3D printing to reconstruction projects using a flowerpot to test the reconstruction methodology. The second case study uses both laser surface and CT scanning to create a replica of a human skeleton. The two methods of data acquisition are evaluated for advantages and limitations in creating the virtual model. This work shows that there is a role for 3D printing in biological anthropology, but that data acquisition and processing issues are the most significant limiting factors in producing skeletal replicas.
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Appears in Collection(s):FGS - Electronic Theses & Dissertations (Public)

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