3-D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. As reported in the past, we have used this method extensively to produce some of the animals that are going to be displayed on the Ark.
Another use of 3-D printing will be found in several dioramas for display in the Ark. We have around 30 twelve-inch tall characters to “print.”
We are looking into 3-D scanning to basically give us an accurate digital “lump of clay” that our artists will then touch up through digital sculpting. To do this, we built a large turntable with lights encircling it to give us a better quality scan. So far, we are very excited by what it captures.