3D Scanning and Printing Cranial Bones


January 15, 2024


Author/Student: Eleanor McDonald

For my un-essay project, I worked to determine the approximate amount of cranial variation between two individuals. I used a model “exploded” skull and a disarticulated cranium and created a 3D scan of each bone. With the scans, I was able to measure portions of the cranium from different craniometric landmarks and then determine the proportions of the cranium and the most variable portions. With these measurements, I determined that the real skull is proportionally larger in almost every aspect than that of the exploded skull. Knowing the approximate variation allowed me to ascertain the probable size of the palatine, create models that would fit with the real cranium, and print those models for my classmates to view.


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