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Tylosaurus proriger capturing Pachyrhizodus - Model

by Leccathu, published

Tylosaurus proriger capturing Pachyrhizodus - Model by Leccathu Feb 27, 2013

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This is a model of the marine mosasaur Tylosaurus proriger, found in the Western Interior Seaway in North America, and found at lengths of up to 35-40 feet. Stomach contents found associated with Tylosaurus have included fish, sharks, smaller mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, and flightless diving birds. Due to so many tylosaurs depicted eating more charismatic plesiosaurs, etc., I went against the grain and depicted a prey item a little less famous, though still interesting; an unspecific species of fish under the genus Pachyrhizodus, which have been discovered at lengths up to three feet.

Media: ZBrush 4R4
Time: ~4-5 hours

Created by Stephanie Dziezyk/"Leccathu" 2/22/2013

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Apologies for the awkward angle of the model. In MeshLab and ZBrush the model opens base-side-down.

This model is to be printed with any typical 3-D printer. No building or gluing required as far as I can tell. If you do print this model and it ends up with a fault or is structurally unsound, please let me know, and I will see if I can fix the source of the fault! Thank you, and enjoy your Tylosaurus!

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Excellent model. Many thanks for posting this.

There is no "typical" 3D printer that can print this in one piece. Maybe a resin printer could manage it, but in no way is this easy to print on an FDM printer (hence the lack of builds from others). I'm persevering using an Ultimaker 2 and about 50 hours worth of printing (20h to go) in ABSpro. Portions of the model are too thin for a 0.4mm nozzle to handle in a slicer and had to be thickened up. Symmetrical geometry of the fish tail needs work.

The final print measures ~400mm from nose to tail. I'll post a few pics once the print is off the printer. The plan is to sand it to satin smooth and airbrush the final model.

complicated name but awesome Model!

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