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Taung Child Skull

by Radiolab, published

Taung Child Skull by Radiolab May 15, 2014


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This is a skull with a story, and you can listen to it right here:

Radiolab worked with folks at MakerBot and the Field Museum to get this thing scanned. The scan was refined and made more detailed (and more badass) by shootdigital.

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Great report! I can't wait to print out one of my own!

Comparisons with the existing hominin fossil record and chimpanzee variation do not support this evolutionary scenario.

Thanks for the contribution, very interesting story!

I found the dimensions at Skulls unlimited as 8 cm length (80 mm or 3.1"). I'm pretty sure that is the whole skull, not just the recovered part. If you're using Repetier or Cura, here are the dimension increases you need to scale the file to 8 cm.

Increase scale from 1 to 13.33

Use the X to scale and set it to 80 mm

I'm going to print some for a friend to use in a classroom while a class listens to the episode. I'll post how it turns out!

The file here is very very tiny and I could not get it to scale up. I was really looking forward to this print. Has anyone else had any luck printing full size?

I'm having some issues trying to print this. Even on a heated bed. There seems to be very little of this model that touches the plate. Are people using support or rafts when making this?

My guess would be support would be necessary, as you say primarily for bed adhesion. I'll give it a go tonight.

For those of you that have printed this already, any advice on the orientation of the skull for optimal printing? Are supports needed?

Anyone know the approximate weight this will turn out to be if scaled correctly using ABS?

My slic3r software puts it at 149.3cm^3cm of ABS for the full 6" x 4" x 3-1/8" dimension. I think that is about 155g.

Thanks Radiolab, MakerBot, the Field Museum and shootdigital!!! The moment I heard the show I just had to print it.

Is this .stl file in inches? It appears very small when I load it in to MakerWare, and I'd like to get the scale correct

Good question! File should print at roughly 6" x 4" x 3-1/8".

Just to double check, is 6" x 4" x 3-1/8" the original skull's dimensions, in the specific orientation provided in the file?
I'd like to print it out life-sized to share with coworkers (even if it takes printing multiple pieces). Thanks! :)

Thank you so much, Radiolab!

I'm going to print this tonight and have my kids listen to the short. It's going to be great watching them discover all the markings described. Thanks Radiolab!

I hope you'll upload a photo of the finished product!

I'm looking forward to this after listening to Radiolab. Thank you to Radiolab for making this available