Gallery: Scientists to Create 3D Printed Dinosaur Robots

 

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have been hard at work on a mission to create 3D-printed dinosaur robots. It may sound crazy, but 3D printing will allow the researchers to cheaply and efficiently replicate bones that previously were cast with plaster molds. The new digital technique will allow the team to create small, scale models of large dinosaurs and then turn those models into robots in order to study how the giant beasts moved. The study of dinosaur movement has thus far been a cordoned-off area of paleontology, since trying to turn a 80 ton plaster replica of a giant sauropod into a robot is quite dangerous and difficult – this new procedure could change all of that.

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