Initial Publication Date: February 23, 2015

Geoscience Papers on 3D Scanning, Modeling, and Printing

by Dr. Franek Hasiuk, GeoFabLab, Iowa State University,

This page lists some intereseting geoscience research I have found that incorporates 3D scanning, modeling, and printing. If you have additional references or links I should add, please e-mail me at!

GeoFabLab Publications

Papers and Abstracts

  • Hasiuk, F. (2014). Making things geological: 3-D printing in the geosciences. GSA Today, 28–29. doi:10.1130/GSATG211GW.1 ABSTRACT - PDF


  • Papers and Abstracts
    • Chávez, G. M., Sarocchi, D., & Santana, E. A. (2014). Using Kinect to analyze Pebble to Block-Sized Clasts in Sedimentology. Computers & Geosciences, 72, 18–32. LINK
    • Pouech, J., Mazin, J. M., & Tafforeau, P. (2010). High quality 3D imaging of vertebrate microremains using X-ray synchrotron phase contrast microtomography. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 9(6-7), 389–395.LINK
    • Rowe, T. (2012). A Decade of Digimorph: Projections From a 10-Year-Old Experiment in 3D Data Acquisition, Management, and Dissemination. GSA Abstracts with Program, 44(7), 369. LINK
  • Journals
  • Research Groups


  • Papers and Abstracts
    • Bourke, M., Viles, H., Nicoli, J., Lyew-Ayee, P., Ghent, R., & Holmund, J. (2008). Innovative applications of laser scanning and rapid prototype printing to rock breakdown experiments. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33, 1614–1621. doi:10.1002/esp.1631
    • Bristowe, A., Parrott, A., Hack, J., Pencharz, M., & Raath, M. (2004, December).A non-destructive investigation of the skull of the small theropod dinosaur, Coelophysis rhodesiensis, using CT scans and rapid prototyping . Palaeontologia Africana.
    • Cruickshank, A., Clark, N., & Adams, C. (2005). A new specimen of Dicynodon traquairi (Newton)(Synapsida: Anomodontia) from Elgin, Scotland. Palaeontologia Africana.
      Hallett, P. D., Karim, K. H., & Bengough, A. G. (2013). Biophysics of the vadose zone: From reality to model systems and back again. Vadose Zone, 1–17. doi:10.2136/vzj2013.05.0090
    • Hasiotis, S. T., Hirmas, D. R., Platt, B. F., & Reynolds, J. (2011). New Frontiers in Ichnology Using MLT and Rapid Prototyping for 3-D Analysis, Printing, and Sharing of Modern and Ancient Traces with Other Ichnophiles. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 43(1), 81.
    • Knoll, F., & Rohrberg, K. (2012). CT scanning, rapid prototyping and re-examination of a partial skull of a basal crocodylomorph from the Late Triassic of Germany. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 105(1), 109–115. doi:10.1007/s00015-012-0094-4
    • Orfanopoulos, G., Bernhard, M., & Maric, O. (2014). Digital Tectonics, an Instrument for CNC Milling Efficiency and Experimentation. Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture, 224–231.
    • Otten, W., Pajor, R., Schmidt, S., Baveye, P. C., Hague, R., & Falconer, R. E. (2012). Combining X-ray CT and 3D printing technology to produce microcosms with replicable, complex pore geometries. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 51(C), 53–55. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.04.008
    • Rangel, D. P., Superak, C., Bielschowsky, M., Farris, K., Falconer, R. E., & Baveye, P. C. (2013). Rapid Prototyping and 3-D Printing of Experimental Equipment in Soil Science Research. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77(1), 54–59. doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0196n
    • Reyes, R., Bellian, J. A., & Dunlap, D. B. (2008). Cyber Techniques Used to Produce Physical Geological Models. GSA Abstracts with Program, 40(6), 136. LINK
    • Reynolds, J. L., Hasiotis, S. T., & Hirmas, D. R. (2013). Utilizing three-dimensional image scanning and printed models of traces and trace fossils in K-12 classrooms. GSA Abstracts with Program, 42(5), 118.
    • Savage, B., & Wang, Y. (2012). Integrated Model of the Crustal Structure in the Gulf of California Extensional Province. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 102(2), 878–885. doi:10.1785/0120110196
    • Sukop, M. C., Zhu, B., Florea, L. J., Altobelli, S. A., & Cunningham, K. J. (2009). Lattice Boltzmann Simulations Compared to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements of Macropore Velocities in an Epoxy-Resin Model of a Stratiform Ichnogenic Groundwater Flow Zone in the Karst Biscayne Aquifer. GSA Abstracts with Program, 41(7), 466.
    • Whalen, C. D. (2012). 3D Visualization and Analysis of CT Imaging in Two Mammoth Calves. GSA Abstracts with Program, 44(7), 370.
  • Journals
  • Research Groups