27 Feb '13, 6pm

3D Printing the Skull of King Richard III

3D Printing the Skull of King Richard III

It seems that 3-D printing technology is now fit for royalty. King Richard III's bones, which were recently unearthed in a parking lot in England , are being replicated by 3-D printing to give more researchers and museums access to the monarch's remains. Richard III was famously slain in battle in 1485 as part of a dynastic struggle known as the War of the Roses , and his rise, fall, and horseless death were chronicled by Shakespeare . Despite his historical importance, the church where his body was interred was destroyed and his grave site was lost. Scholars at the University of Leicester only recently launched an effort to rediscover the exact site, and then to identify the remains they found with reference to historical texts and DNA testing. Once the Leicester scholars had the remains , they used CT scans to map the bones with all their battle wounds. Those CT scans we...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/imaging/3d-...

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