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The Skull

Taung Child Skull 3D Printed
Taung Child Skull 3D Printed by Met-L-Flo

Skull 2Skull 4A few weeks back, Carl emailed a link to a Radiolab podcast article. The article provided links to 3D files for a Taung Skull, which Carl downloaded. Two days later, he handed me a tiny skull that we had built in our SLA labs.

It’s a fascinating listen. The narrators brought to life the 1920’s discovery of an ancient cave in Taung, South Africa. Geologist Raymond Dart painstakingly scraped away at a limestone rock until he found himself staring at a perfectly preserved face of a human child. To make this even more noteworthy, the preserved skull also reflected characteristics similar to that found in a chimpanzee.

So many times I find myself focusing on emerging tech and cutting edge design. This is the perfect melding of history and technology.

It’s incredible to hear how many individuals had a part in the little replica sitting before me. We want to thank everyone involved for their hard work.

 

 

 

 

 

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