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MakerBot Innovation Center

We are one of only about fourteen MakerBot Innovation Centers across the

country. The first and only one currently in Georgia. And we've printed over 500

prints and are really starting to gear up now, working with all different

disciplines across campus as well as members of the community.

From a foot away you can't even tell that this is 3D-printed. And you can see

the level of detail not just in the skull but also in the dentition and the

different muscle attachment areas of the skull. So the students were really able

to look at this and examine and see specific adaptations that different

primate groups had skeletally and compare those to one another to really

start to understand primates and how they've evolved. The immediacy that it

provides, the cost benefits it provides, and then also the accuracy and the

realism; I mean I really see it as a win-win situation. I feel so lucky to

have had this. It provides a lot of opportunities to print things beyond

what you might initially think about printing and again the students really

love seeing these different sorts of things. And who doesn't want to compare

their hand to a chimpanzee hand.

So students are continually impressive

with their variety of invention. We've printed all kinds of objects, from toys

essentially to assistive devices to help paralyzed children. We've really run the

gamut from models and molecules to primate skulls.

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