Researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, according to Ubergizmo, were recently sent a letter from Sophie Lester, a seven-year-old girl.
In her letter, Ms. Lester asked the scientists at CSIRO “if it was possible that they could create a dragon for her. Apparently her dad had been raving…about the wondrous things that the scientists get up to in their labs at CSIRO, and she thought given their smarts, a dragon would not be completely out of the question.”
CSIRO replied to Ms. Lester’s letter on their blog: “We have sighted an eastern bearded dragon at one of our telescopes, observed dragonflies, and even measured body temperatures of the mallee dragon. But out work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire-breathing variety. And for this Australia, we are sorry.”
However, the CSIRO scientists have “decided to do the next best thing…3D print a tiny dragon…for [her].”
The researchers used titanium at CSIRO’s lab in Melbourne and 3D printed the dragon, named Toothless as per Ms. Lester’s request. “According to Chad Henry, an additive manufacturing operations manager at CSIRO, ‘being that electron beams were used to 3D print her, we are certainly glad she didn’t come out breathing them…instead of fire. Titanium is super strong and lightweight, so Toothless will be a very capable flyer.”
May we all quake in fear as this 3D printed leviathan glides over our heads.
Video, Photo, and Quotes Courtesy of CSIRO and Ubergizmo