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3-D printer printing a prehistoric ant

3-D printer printing a prehistoric ant

E442/0758

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PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The printer is producing an enlarged model of a fossil ant that was found in 100-million-year-old opaque amber (fossilised conifer plant resin). The amber was scanned using X-rays from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. This produces X-rays that are one thousand billion times brighter than hospital X-rays and can image the interior of opaque amber samples at high resolution. Multiple scans of the sample creates virtual 'slices' that can be reconstructed into 3-D computer models or printed into physical models.

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Model release not required. Property release not required.

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