3D Printing for VCE Biology


I have been fortunate to attend the Quantum Victoria Centre several times since it opened in 2012, participating in 3D Printing and Gaming workshops with students from Year 7 to Year 10. Hawkesdale P12 College has also been lucky to receive a 3D printer, which has been installed in our Systems and Engineering shed. This week I have exploring opportunities to print scale models of hominid skulls for use in Unit 4 Biology. These models are useful for demonstrating to students comparisons of canine teeth, brow ridges, sagittal crest, protruding jaw and cranial capacity. The African Fossils site has the best models I have found for 3D printing hominid skulls, which need to be .stl or .obj files.

I have found files for four of the skulls shown above, although we haven’t been able to print any successfully yet. I’ll keep you posted!

One comment

  1. Kel Harding

    Wow, how exciting Britt! The students would get so much from being able to compare 3D skulls. I can’t wait to hear how they go! I want a 3D printer too!

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