Dec 04

3D Printing of samples scanned at the CT Scanner

Recently we scanned another brittlestar (Brooding Ophiuroid). Due to the size of the sample (25mm) it was difficult to observe small features of the specimen. This granted us the opportunity to see how CT Scanning combined with 3D printing can enhance the way we can visualize and observe the small samples and specimens. In the experiment a surface model was created from the CT scan and sent for 3D printing. The surface model was enlarged 25 times to produce a large scale version of the sample (Figure 1).


Figure 1: 3D print of a  Brooding Ophiuroid


Figure 2: Image of the starfish before the scan