conservation

Buddhist Temple Archway Preserved in High Detail with Artec 3D Scanning

Several times over the years, we’ve seen 3D technologies applied to help preserve China’s cultural heritage, from dragons and Buddhist statues to caves and columns. Now, Artec 3D has used…

3D Printed SlothBot Aids Conservation Efforts in Atlanta

A new resident will be living high above the ground in the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the next few months, and while it may resemble an animal, it’s actually a…

Volvo’s Conservation Project: 3D Printed Tiles for a Living Seawall at Sydney Harbour

Oysters, seaweed, fish, algae and many more organisms have a new home at North Sydney Harbour. At one of the world’s largest Living Seawalls in Bradfield Park, an ocean conservation…

XtreeE and Seaboost Give the Sea a Boost with a 3D Printed Coral Reef

Right now is not a great time to be a coral reef. Warming ocean waters are causing bleaching, which is what happens when a coral’s symbiotic microalgae, which give the…

3D Printed Robotic Flowers Draw Bees for Safe Pollination

As we carry on with our busy lives each day, it is all too easy to step on an ant or a bee, or to swat one out of our…

Remaking Egypt: The Resurrection of the Tomb of Seti I Through 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

Egypt captures the imagination like no other place on earth, rich in ancient treasures and tantalizing mysteries. The tombs of the golden faced pharaohs preserved for eternity with their impassive…

Keeping Baby Tortoises Safe with 3D Printing: Update on 3D Printed ‘Techno-Tortoise’ Shells

You may remember, from last fall, seeing a 3D printable birdhouse that was resistant to predators, thanks to its durable, double-shell design and high entrance to keep chicks inside. There…

3D Printed Floating Christmas Tree Made from Recycled Plastic Highlights the Beauty and Fragility of Nature

I’ve been to London once, as part of a grad school class, and I loved the city even though I didn’t get a chance to see too much. I was only…

Nematodes and Ribosomes and Tardigrades, Oh My! 3D Printed Microorganisms to Star in West Virginia Soil Tunnel Trailer Project

Most people probably don’t spend much of their time thinking about dirt, other than those working in ecology or architecture. Dirt is dirt, right? It gets on your shoes and,…

3D Printed Turtle Eggs May Help to Stop Poaching

If you’re looking for a story that will make you feel good about humanity, this probably isn’t it. However, it might give us a little bit of hope that some…

Vultures Need Helping Hand from 3D Printed Eggs

I have a soft spot in my heart for ugly animals and I love a good underdog story. I’m not saying I would turn up my nose at a basket…

Educating Hungry Ravens with 3D Printed Tortoise Shells

You may not have noticed the declining number of desert tortoises in the Southwestern US in recent years, but it hasn’t escaped the attention of a team of conservationists who…

Naturebytes’ 3D Printable Stealth Cam for Wildlife Enthusiasts & Citizen Scientists Launches on Kickstarter

Stephen Mowat, Alasdair Davies, and Jon Fidler are the team behind the Naturebytes project, a Raspberry Pi-powered wildlife camera they hope will help inspire a community of digital makers monitor…

3D Printing Helps Museum Restore Lavish Chair Originally Owned by Marie Antoinette

3D printing is once again playing an integral role in the world of art and artifacts. In this instance, Zoe Allen, Senior Gilded Furniture and Frames Conservator, and Phil James,…