3D Printing goes
The Mammoth of Lier lived
Discovered and put on display in Brussels
Returned to Lier in a 3D-printed avatar
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
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
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.
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