A highly accurate 3D printed replica of King Richard III’s skull has been produced at Loughborough University which will be placed in an exhibition charting his life.
King Richard III’s remains were discovered last year buried under a parking lot in Leicester, UK. Since then archaeologists have been piecing together his skeleton using 3D scanners to produce a reconstructed face on a 3D printer.
Richard II was the Last Yorkist king of England and he died in the Battle of Bosworth at the age of 32, ending the Wars of the Roses.
The first version of his 3D printed skull has been on display at Leicester City Council’s “Richard III:Leicester’s Search for a King” exhibition. The new 3D printed skull uses a more detailed 3D scan of the original remains and shows the injuries Richard suffered in greater detail.
The replica skull was produced by Professor Russell Harris, the head of Loughborough University’s additive manufacturing research group.
“We are absolutely delighted with the new skull. It is incredibly more detailed than the previous version, and will be invaluable for future studies,” he said.
More in-depth 3D data and refined 3D printing techniques were used to product the new skull and will allow scientists to continue research into Richard’s life after his remains are re-interred at Leicester Cathedral. Experts will now work on producing an accurate 3D printed copy of his complete skeleton.
Over 85,000 people have already visited the Guildhall exhibition and the 3D printed skull allows people to understand the violence that King Richard suffered before his death.
3D printing techniques combined with forensic archaeology is providing a new way to rediscover the past, and British scientists have also reconstructed an archer’s face using 3D printing from a skull that was recovered from a ship that sank over 500 years ago.