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The United Kingdom’s most famous dinosaur relic, named Dippy the Diplodocus, is embarking on a nationwide tour which will bring the skeleton to excited museum goers across England and Northern Ireland. The dinosaur skeleton, which has been on display at London’s Natural History Museum since 1979, will be accompanied by a couple of 3D printed skull replicas on its journey.
Laser Prototypes Europe (LPE), a Belfast-based 3D printing company, was enlisted to help recreate Dippy’s large skull in 3D for a number of purposes. Using a detailed 3D scan of the dinosaur’s head (which was captured last year at the Natural History Museum), the LPE team additively manufactured eight skull replicas.
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The 3D printed skull replicas are made from a lightweight but durable resin material, each weighing about 3 kg (about 6.6 lbs). “Our process was perfect for recreating the complex free-form shape of Dippy's skull, giving an exact copy of the scanned data,” explained Campbell Evans, sales director at LPE. “The project was a really interesting one for LPE, as much of our work is for electronic housings, covers, connectors, and everyday engineering components. It's not every day we see a dinosaur coming through the doors, let alone eight of them.”
Why eight 3D printed skulls, you might be wondering. Slightly unfortunately, it’s not to make a giant multi-headed dinosaur skeleton, but the 3D printed skulls will still be put to good use.
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Five of the 3D printed Diplodocus heads are destined for the Real World Science partner institutions, which will use them...
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