Written by Tymn Lintell.

The PAST is a period whose time HAS finally COME.

But how to tell the story of the Jurassic Coast to an audience who don't know why they should be interested?

Then - boing - this press release for 'Jurassica' popped-up:

Sleep disturbed! How to visualise it? What exhibits do they have? What might the experience be like? Is this just another fossil in the making? However I mused, the past is a non-renewable resource so just how might they do it?

That same day, I visited an eye-popping exhibition about the emerging 3D Printing industry. By the time I went to bed, my brain was spinning plates full of Jurassic ideas.

Take a few moments to look at the following images, all are 3D objects that you can touch and hold, all have been printed, yes 'printed in 3D' - including the car and the prosthetic noses!

What has 3D printing got to do with the Jurassic Coast you might ask?

We are a World Heritage Site, we have a wealth of knowledge here, we have amazing examples of Jurassic fossil finds in both our local and national museums, we have fantastic computing skills at Bournemouth University and we have stories to tell, so ...

  • Let's collaborate and 3D image those fossil stories.
  • Let's export those files to schools and museums around the world.
  • Let's give children across the globe the chance to print out their own Ichthyosaur (if they should break it, then hey, just print another)!
  • Let's export our knowledge and our unique story, that is our USP.
  • Those who are passionate will remember us and one day, make a physical visit to the real thing.

The recently launched Jurassica scheme (above) is planned for a disused quarry pit on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, the natural home to the Story of Time.

With my Imagineering hat on may I share an approach to this project with you?

  • Set-up the design studio with world-class interpretation designers (not orgasmic architects) - in the real pit - now!
  • Start to visualise the story. Let the money-wo(men) feel the process and the commitment.
  • Start to scan and capture the assets.
  • Open the process to the public, the process is now an important part of the product.
  • Then start to print the story (in the pit) and build the worlds first digital 3D printed museum.

Slowly, lay it down and then build it up layer by layer - just like the real Jurassic Coast story.

Now that would be UNIQUE - a world first for Dorset! Creative skills that can be exported up the road or around the world.

Telling the most powerful 4D story ever - 'I Was There on A Walk Through Time'.

If you have a view about how to interpret the Jurassic Coast story, please pop me an email to tymn(at)jurassicagent.co.uk and let's see if we can get a thread of interest going?

PS: if you want an 8 inch high '3D selfie' of yourself or your family, head off to Asda (yup Asda!) in York, they'll body scan you and print a 'selfie' statuette for about 50 quid. Beware - here comes tomorrow, to a supermarket near you!

PPS: What is 3D printing? You draw (or scan) your design or object into a computer, that data then drives a 3D printing machine which spreads thin layers of plastic or metal powder on top of each other. Each layer is solidified by a type of laser welder or sinterer; at the end of the process you blow off the unsintered powder and the object you saw on the screen is transformed into a complex, intertwined three dimensional reality (of you if you so want).

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    Dr. Issever said. "Just like Gutenberg's printing press opened the world of books to the public, digital datasets and 3-D prints of fossils may now be distributed more broadly, while protecting the original intact fossil."