From Digital Blueprints to Tangible History
Our journey began with digital files created through the 3D scanning of original fossils. These files served as intricate blueprints, holding the detailed profiles of these ancient teeth. Using advanced 3D printing technology, we transformed these digital designs into tangible, lifelike models. The teeth were printed in white resin and then post-processed to give them a realistic and aged appearance.
Diving into the Past: Megalodon vs. Great White Shark
The result? A set of carefully crafted replicas that transport us back to a time when the Megalodon, one of the largest and most powerful predators to have ever lived, roamed the oceans. With teeth reaching up to 7 inches, the Megalodon's dental anatomy is a stark contrast to the Great White Shark's, whose teeth usually max out at around 3 inches.
Educational Impact: Techniquest's Ocean Extravaganza
These models now have a new home at Techniquest's Ocean Extravaganza, an event aimed at engaging and educating the next generation of oceanographers and scientists. The Ocean Extravaganza takes visitors on a journey from vibrant coral reefs to the darkest ocean depths, with a whole host of curious creatures to learn about along the way.
A Hands-On Learning Experience
Our 3D printed teeth serve as a tangible link to our planet's ancient past, igniting curiosity and providing a hands-on learning experience. We believe that when you can touch and see history in such a visceral way, the learning experience is significantly enhanced.
We are immensely proud of this project and the opportunity to contribute to Techniquest's inspiring mission of bringing science to life. If you find yourself at the Ocean Extravaganza this summer, be sure to check out our 3D printed teeth and take a moment to marvel at the incredible creatures that once dominated our oceans.