3D scanning of snapper claw
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Bioinspired mechanical device generates plasma in water via cavitation
Sci Adv, Mar 15, 2019; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7765

The molt of the snapper claw was collected by μ-CT scanning in the Cardiovascular Pathology Laboratory at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. The snapper claw molt was stabilized with cotton wool and scanned twice in the μ-CT (X-Tek Hawk CT and X-ray Imaging System). The first μ-CT scan imaged the claw in the open position with a resolution of 17.5 μm, and the second scan imaged the claw in the closed position with a higher resolution of 9.7 μm. The resulting 3D surface data were captured using Inspect-X and reconstructed using CT Pro. Then, the reconstructed model was converted into a mesh file using VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0, with manual adjustment of the opacity curve and thresholds for different materials, to perform surface determination. After simplifying and modifying the mesh file using MeshLab, the final product was then imported into SolidWorks for future design.

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