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Life-size, 3D printed triceratops causes a stir in Paris | Video

Metropole, a French visual marketing agency that has embraced large format 3D printing by Massivit, has created an ultra-realistic, full-size 3D printed triceratops to promote a new paleontology exhibition at Paris’ Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle.

With the objective to drive visitor footfall to the museum’s exhibition, the visually-striking dinosaur was brought to life using Metropole’s Massivit 1800 3D Printer in just two days. Measuring a gigantic 1.8m-wide, 2.33m-long and 3m-high (5.9ft x 7.6ft x 9.8ft), the reptile is currently grazing on vegetation at the Gare d’Austerlitz railway station, adjacent to the museum.

3D Printing History to Life

“When it comes to producing giant attention-grabbing models that truly turn heads and capture people’s attention, our Massivit 1800 is the solution of choice,” says Denise Zanet, Executive Partner at Metropole. Using the Massivit 1800’s extremely fast print speed of up to 35cm / 14’’ per hour – with dual print heads – Metropole was able to meet the museum’s stringent deadline by producing the triceratops in just eight components.

Once assembled, the company strengthened the construction with ballast to guarantee the dinosaur’s longevity during sustained interaction within a public environment. To ensure even greater lifelikeness, Metropole’s cinematic artistic team then covered the dinosaur with a textured surface to achieve its natural-looking skin, while also producing realistic eyes to enhance its authentic appearance.

3d printed triceratops

“The Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle was completely blown away by how astonishingly lifelike our 3D printed triceratops looks,” says Zanet. “It’s already generating huge buzz at the train station with many passers-by asking how it was created and where they can find out more.”

Securing Repeat Business

According to Zanet, France’s leading transport company, SNCF Gares & Connexions approached METROPOLE following its close collaboration and success of last year’s Corto Maltese campaign. This saw the company produce a life-size replica of the Italian comic book adventurer in celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary.

She explains: “Gares & Connexions were so overwhelmed by the incredible success and interaction that the 3D printed replica generated, that they recommended us for this campaign. This is a testament to the strong customer engagement and brand awareness attainable with our Massivit 1800.”

The impressive looking triceratops will certainly be wowing the public throughout the duration of the paleontology exhibition. It will remain on display until September 2nd-

Davide Sher

Over the last decade Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a senior analyst for US-based firm SmarTech Publishing focusing on the additive manufacturing industry. He founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. which specialises in media and communications services for the 3DP and AM industry, through which he runs 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as two editorial websites, 3D Printing Media Network and Il Replicatore.

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