Metropole ensures life size triceratops causes a stir in Paris

June 21, 2018




Massivit 3D has announced that its customer, Metropole, has created an ultra realistic, full size triceratops to promote a new palaeontology exhibition at Paris’ Musée national d'Histoire naturelle.


With the objective to drive visitor footfall to the museum’s exhibition, the striking dinosaur was brought to life using Metropole’s Massivit 1800 3D printer in just two days. Measuring a gigantic 1.8 metres wide, 2.33 metres long and 3 metres high, the reptile is currently grazing on vegetation at the Gare d'Austerlitz railway station, adjacent to the museum. 


 ‘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,’ said Denise Zanet, executive partner at Metropole.


Using the Massivit 1800’s print speed of up to 35 cm per hour and dual printheads, 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. 



‘The Musée national d'Histoire naturelle was completely blown away by how astonishingly lifelike our 3D printed triceratops looks,’ said Denise. ‘It is already generating huge buzz at the train station with many passers by asking how it was created and where they can find out more.’


The stunning triceratops will be wowing the public throughout the duration of the palaeontology exhibition, which is on display until 2 September. 

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