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Happy Penguin Awareness Day

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January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day. If you are in the Greenwich CT area, consider celebrating by joining us for a penguin evolution talk and a live demonstration of 3D penguin printing.  The event will be held in the same gallery as the photography show Antarctica: Images of an Ancient Land, featuring the work of Diane Tuft.

3D Penguin in Exhibition

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January 20, 2015 at 1:00 am

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Penguin Prototype

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This afternoon we welcomed the 3D printed prototype of our penguin to meet the original. In the photo, you’ll notice a few differences. The colors of our old reliable penguin have faded a bit over the last half century, which is natural in older museum specimens. I still think he/she (we don’t know the sex for this specimen) has charm. The spot and collar patterns were carefully done but are not 100% accurate because the current scanning technology detects the surface of the scanned object, but not the color. Overall it is really nice to have not only a light weight printed replica of our penguin, but a virtual copy that can be viewed instantly on a computer.

You can meet them both next Tuesday (January 20th) at the Bruce Museum Penguin Awareness Day event. Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments, and the talk and demonstration starts at 7:00pm.

3D Penguin 2a.

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January 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

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Test Penguin #1

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In an earlier post, we saw the Bruce penguin being scanned at MakerBot.  Now for the test – will the scan print out correctly? We decided to start small, with this three inch tall version. It looks a little like a penguin cookie awaiting frosting, but the beak, flippers, and feet came out very well. Soon, we will give it a run at full power and see if we can create a perfect life-size replica!


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January 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

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