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September 17, 2013

Virginia Museum of Natural History Research Associate, Dr. Bernard Means, who also serves as Instructor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been actively involved with museum curators and researchers in creating 3D scans and replicas of museum artifacts and specimens.  Means and several of his students have periodically visited the museum since the summer to scan musuem archaeology artifacts and paleontology specimens, as well as created replicas using VCU's MakerBot Replicator.  3D scanning has many advantages for use wtih museum collections, including the ability to scan and replicate specimens too delicate to cast, as well as the ability to quickly reproduce plastic replicas that can be used to compare to other specimens in an effort to help identify them.

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