Gallery: Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

 

3D printing is already capable of fabricating a beak for an injured bald eagle and three-quarters of a prosthetic human skull. Now, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have successfully recreated an entire skeleton from a live animal. By taking a CT scan of an anesthetized rat, they were able to send the data to a 3D printer and create an exact replica of the individual’s anatomy. Far cheaper to purchase than a real skeleton and highly accurate in its detail, the technology has applications in veterinary and human medicine.

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  1. GreatEmerald April 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Nice. It would also be useful for study purposes. Individual bones on an actual skeleton of a small animal are nigh-impossible to see, 2D prints don’t allow you to understand how it looks in reality from all sides, while 3D models allow you to view them from any angle and in any size.

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