Splinter Saurus

Designed and developped in La Nave Makerspace

Science & biology Art & culture History

It’s the realistic head of a splintersaurus dinosaur made with digital fabrication (layers cut with CNC) according to the specification and knowledge of experts in paleontology. It has been made for a Mexican museum in order to give all the key to public so that they can understand and appreciate this period of our history.

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Technologies used

Casting & moulding Printing, drawing & painting Computing & softwares CNC milling

What’s the project story?

Passionate about dinosaurs since I’m a kid, I made lot of researches to better understand this period of history but I discovered that the knowledge opened to the public was very scarce. Despite our country richness in archaeological and paleontological sites, the information shared with the public is limited and mainly distributed to kids in schools. At the age of 21, I decided to dedicate my self to this area and I got the chance to acquire knowledge during my visit to the Desert Museum in Saltillo where a first project of dinosaurs came up and during a class of “Paleobiology of dinosaurs” in the UNAM science faculty during 6 months. I put all my knowledge and passion for art in the realization of real size models with the objective to be the more realistic possible. Contrary to the Chinese models, all my creations are made based on real specifications and validated by experts. Since the beginning of my company Splinter Saurus, 10 years ago, my partner and I always tried to improve our fabrication process with new materials or technics. Thus, we naturally came to digital fabrication and we tried to used it for the first time to make the head of a splintersaurus ordered by the Desert Museum for which we used to work.

How the workshop was useful ?

The team of La Nave trained us and guided us from the digital conception to the production with the CNC. They cut the layers and they allowed us to assemble and store the project in the space.

What’s the project’s greatest success so far?

The final look and feel was great and the time required to produce it was impressive. Our greatest success was the result obtained very quickly.

What’s your greatest failure(s)& lesson(s) so far?

For now, we didn’t experiment any failure.

What’s your vision for the project & next steps?

Now that we understand the high potential of digital fabrication, we are working on a robot dinosaur that can interact with the public. This is an ambitious and exciting project and we know that we can count on La Nave and the paleontologists of UNAM to achieve it with success.

How can anyone interested can contribute to the project?

Join us in our new project ! We are looking for help in electronic and robotic. If you work in a gallery or a museum, contact us to have more information and eventually to collaborate. Of course, all the ideas are good so don’t hesitate to share them with us ;-)

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