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.
- African Fossils – Files of various hominid and other fossils from Africa
- Digimorph 3D Printing – skulls of various animals
- Thingiverse – a variety of shared files
- TF3DM – 3D models for free
- Smithsonian X 3D – 3D models from the Smithsonian Institute
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!