New 3D-printed museum piece is mammoth in scale

“Over the past several years, Belgian manufacturing firm Materialise has 3D-printed items such as running shoes, a dress and a wheelchair. Now, the company has created something a little larger – a complete wooly mammoth skeleton.

The artifact is a reproduction of an actual mammoth skeleton, which was excavated near the Belgian city of Lier in 1860. The city had no museum of its own at the time, so the skeleton was put on display at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. Lier now has a new museum that will be opening soon, so the 3D-printed replica skeleton was made to go there. “

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