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3D-Printed Toy, Bug Poo !

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Typically, you have to crack open the candy shell of a Kinder Surprise egg to find out what kind of toy surprise is tucked inside — that is, unless you have an X-ray micro-computed tomography scanner and a 3D printer.

Using these tools, University of Swansea engineering doctoral student Laura North and her colleagues created a replica of the surprise toy inside the popular European candy without ever cracking the egg. A comic strip of the process won North first place in the 2013 Research as Art competition hosted by the university.

"I was absolutely over the moon," North told LiveScience. Fellow winners included an image of a gorgeous glacier in motion and an abstract painting made with insect poop. [see Images of the Artistic Science Winners]


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