Museum 3D Scans Rare 20-Foot Long Basking Shark For 3D Printed Replica

July 15, 2015

By Brian Krassenstein Via 3DPrint

The combination of 3D scanning and printing is changing the way we preserve our past. Two dimensional photographs used to be the best way to chronicle past discoveries, events and research, but over the last several years the emergence of highly accurate 3D scanning equipment and the subsequent ability to 3D print the data obtained from those scanners has presented a way to replicate the past. Whether it’s a bust of President Obama while in office, or an artifact destroyed by terror groups around the world, these technologies are changing the way that those in the future can tap into our current time.

Recently these technologies came into play after researchers in Australia unexpectedly came upon the specimen of a rare basking shark. It was just a couple of weeks ago when a fishing trawler accidentally caught the shark in the Bass Strait off of the coast of Portland, Victoria, in Southeast Australia. Unfortunately the fish got caught up in their nets and did not survive.

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