CSIRO Scientists Make 3D Printed Dragon in Response to 7-Year-Old’s Letter

By Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson
Sarah Matheson covers the business of luxury for Epoch Times. Sarah has worked for media organizations in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and graduated with merit from the Aoraki Polytechnic School of Journalism in 2005. Sarah is almost fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from New Zealand, she now lives next to the Highline in Manhattan's most up-and-coming neighborhood, West Chelsea.
January 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Sophie, a 7-year-old girl from Brisbane, Australia, wrote a letter to scientists at CSIRO in Melbourne. She politely asked for a toothless dragon.

 

The company has printed “huge anatomically correct insects, biomedical implants and aerospace parts.” Sophie apparently heard about their work through her father.

 

CSIRO posted Sophie’s letter on their blog, and replied to Sophie, saying, “Our work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire breathing variety. And for this Australia, we are sorry.”

 

The letter and the company’s response received attention from Australian and American media, so “Toothless, 3D printed out of titanium, came into the world at Lab 22, our additive manufacturing facility in Melbourne.”

 

This video details the dragon’s creation.

Sarah Matheson covers the business of luxury for Epoch Times. Sarah has worked for media organizations in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and graduated with merit from the Aoraki Polytechnic School of Journalism in 2005. Sarah is almost fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from New Zealand, she now lives next to the Highline in Manhattan's most up-and-coming neighborhood, West Chelsea.