These fantastic photographs of a 2.5 million year old human skull were provided by our good friend Gonzalo Martinez, Director of the Strategic Research Office of the CTO over at Autodesk, working with the famous archaeologist Louise Leakey, over in Kenya.
He printed the 3D skull model by first scanning the real thing on a Faro LLP scanner. This took about 30 minutes. Once scanned, the 3D image was then sent to the Objet Connex500 for printing, using Objet's new transparent VeroClear material to produce this very smooth 'ice-like' effect. According to Gonzalo, the use of Objet technology enabled them to duplicate the real skulls to the highest levels of detail, as you can see below.