July 11, 2013 AT 5:00 pm

Giant 3D printed bugs shed light on insect anatomy #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Giant 3D printed bugs shed light on insect anatomy, from CSIRO. Via Fabbaloo.

Minute insects, from the Australian National Insect Collection, have been super sized by up to forty times using a novel 3D scanning system and printed using a state of the art 3D printer.

The 3D bugs show new potential for entomologists studying the anatomy of miniscule creatures by enabling them to physically handle the insects and study their features up close.

The 3D bugs show new potential for entomologists studying the anatomy of miniscule creatures by enabling them to physically handle the insects and study their features up close.

Scientists believe this technology will soon enable them to determine characteristics, such as gender, and examine surface characteristics which are otherwise difficult due to the minute size.

…”We combined science and art to engage the public and through the process we’ve discovered that 3D printing could be the way of the future for studying these creatures,” she added….

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Giant 3D printed bugs shed light on insect anatomy CSIRO


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