Can archaeobotany benefit from 3D printing technology?
Two things I’ve read recently have led me to ask myself this question. The first was reading that a researcher at Massey University, New Zealand, had created 3D printed models of pollen scaled 2000-3000 times actual size. Dr Katherine Holt noticed that her students struggled to identify pollen types through the two-dimensional imaging of traditional optical microscopes. Having seen 3D models being viewed on a computer screen, she thought that the next obvious step would be to 3D print scaled-up models of pollen and, using a confocal microscope, created 3-dimensional models of pollen from four tree species. (more…)