Whether they’re cracking open rocks or scanning tiny changes in topography, geologists already work in three dimensions. But one of the most popular attractions at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Denver last week was a 3D printer spitting out fossils, globes and fractured rocks.
The?3D printer?belonged to Franek Hasiuk, a geologist at Iowa State University and proprietor of the?GeoFabLab, a hub for 3D geologic printing. By scanning and copying rocks, fossils and geologic data, Hasiuk hopes to revolutionize research and teaching.
“Humans are visual and tactile,” Hasiuk told LiveScience. “When I have something I can hold in my hands,” it makes it a lot easier to understand, he said. ?[How 3D Printers Work (Infographic)]