3D Printing goes


The Mammoth of Lier lived



Discovered and put on display in Brussels



Returned to Lier in a 3D-printed avatar

320 bones

To replicate the fossilized skeleton of the original mammoth, we began by 3D scanning each of the bones. Materialise engineers then digitally reconstructed the skeleton together with a paleontologist and prepared each file for 3D printing.

Total file size: 21.0 GB


300 kg

A modular carbon fiber structure supports the skeleton from within. The invisible mounting system and the 3D‑printed skeleton combined weigh a lean 300 kg.

3D-printed connectors combined with carbon fiber beams offer a high strength-to-weight ratio

1259 hours

Production took just over 7 weeks of 3D printing time, occupying 9 of our Mammoth Stereolighography printers.

65,365 printed layers, 0.1 mm each

With a length of 2 meters, each tusk takes up the full capacity of our Mammoth Stereolithography build platform


The 'bones' are coated with several layers and shades of paint, plus a protective coat of varnish.


19 people

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person CAD designer
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person archeologist
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