Create a 3D-printed replica of an elephant-sized woolly mammoth skeleton? Even with the wide variety of challenges we’re fortunate to experience at Materialise, projects like this don’t come along every day. Project Engineer Gertjan Brienen managed the team that made this fascinating technical exercise a success. In this guest post, he tells us how it tested all our capabilities, from design engineering to our own giant Mammoth printers.
After years of lobbying, the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, finally gained permission to recreate the world’s only 3D copy of Ötzi, the mummified ‘Iceman’ discovered in the Tyrolean Alps by a pair of hikers in 1991. Renowned paleo artist Gary Staab reached out to Materialise to make the project a reality, and worked closely with Eric Renteria, our very own application engineer. Here is a detailed report of how he recreated a life-sized model of the world-famous Iceman.