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3D-printable nasal cavity in ankylosaur dinosaur 3D Model
For a Science Café here on the Ohio University campus, we generated and brought along a 3D-printed version of the convoluted “krazy-straw” nasal cavity of the ankylosaur Euoplocephalus. This animation showcases the 3D model, showing how it fits into the snout and also how we’ve configured it be divided into pieces that can be easily cleaned after 3D printing. The yellow cylinders represent pairs of magnets that hold the print together. For display, we printed in clear resin and ran a neon EL wire through the nasal passage to light it up. We published on the physiological function (heat exchange and selective brain cooling) of this elongate, twisty-turny nasal passage in December 2018 in an open-access article in PLOS ONE (http://bit.ly/2EwOzMO) led by Jason Bourke with Ruger Porter and Lawrence Witmer as coauthors. Youtube video showing the print in action: https://youtu.be/rO9BWaRJNqo. Research supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
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