While the powerful upper limbs in a bat are used for flying, you won’t see many cats soar by overhead and yet these animals move with the same sets of bones! The skeletal anatomy of living mammals is wildly diverse. How do the bones of different mammals—from primates to dogs, seals to bats—evolve in different environments? In this weeklong course, Digit(al) Evolution, you will find out!. Using 3D scanners and printers, together we will scan, print, assemble, and analyze mammal bones from our behind-the-scenes collections. We will use the digital technology of 3D-scanning and 3D-printing to understand differences in the mammalian body plan, from the shoulder all the way down to the tips of each individual digit. Get “hands on” in a new way to understand how these forms diversified and adapted to their environments.

I was involved as a advisor on all digital technologies and leaded discussions about what fields 3D printing is used for (including science, paleontology, diatoms, etc.). I then start the discussion by asking the students where they think 3d printing is being used currantly. Then go in to other areas related to medical, science, and design. As well as introduced the students the concepts of 3d scanning, 3d model editing and 3d printing.


Company: American National of History Museum

Year: Summer 2016


3d Printing

3d Scaning

Model editing


Tools/Skills Used

3D printing


9-12 Grades

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