|Researchers at Stony Brook examine models|
It has already been demonstrated numerous times that 3D printing replicas of delicate or rare artifacts and fossils is an excellent way of sharing them with students and conveying the sum of human knowledge about them in a more concrete, tactile way. What is less often realized is that there is new knowledge being created as a result of these digital models and 3D prints. Capturing the data from a particular site or set of artifacts means that the data is quickly and easily portable. It can be sent from researcher to researcher and be studied closely by many more minds at the same time.
Researchers in paleoanthropology working in the Stony Brook University Department of Anatomical Sciences immediately recognized the benefits that 3D printing’s reproductive capabilities provided to their study. [...] 3dprint.com