The role of 3D printing in biological anthropology

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Allard, Travis T.
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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.
Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, CT, Laser Scanning, Anatomical Modeling, Biological Anthropology, Virtual Reality, 3D Imaging, 3D Modeling, Virtual Reconstruction, Skeletal Replica, Museum Exhibit