Next-Gen Paleontology thru 3D-printed Dinosaur-Bots

Die Drexel University in Philadelphia scant grade ihre Dinosaurierknochen und wird die Daten dann auf einem 3D-Drucker ausgeben. (Leider erst) in zwei Jahren wollen sie einen kompletten, funktionierenden, 3D-gedruckten Dinosaurier-Knochen-Roboter am Start haben.

Researchers at Drexel University are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time, they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments. […]

[Dr. Kenneth] Lacovara has begun creating 3-D scans of giant dinosaur bones and other fossils in his lab. The 3-D scan puts a virtual image in a digital workspace that researchers can manipulate and analyze. To bring these scans to life, Lacovara is also teaming up with mechanical engineer Dr. James Tangorra, an assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering, to use 3-D printing technology to create and test scale models of fossil bones. […]

Lacovara predicts that they will have a working robotic dinosaur limb constructed by the end of 2012. A complete robotic dinosaur replica will take one to two years to create.

Robotic Dinosaurs On the Way for Next-Gen Paleontology at Drexel (via Reddit)