3-D printed artificial rocks.

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According to Anderson said, “We all had a laugh at the idea, but then we realized it wasn’t that bad of an idea then he told figure out how to do it, to replicate identical rock twins many times over, the researchers laser-scan a single rock, capturing every wrinkle and grain, then feed the data into the 3-D printer and watch as the machine spits out one perfect copy after another, sometimes reproducing rocks no bigger than a quinoa bud, others the size of a Rubik’s Cube. The biggest challenge was having to carve out an entirely new research area that we hadn’t dabbled in before.¨

Breaking new ground with artificial rocks


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