It's the first time a 3D printer has rolled out a beak made from titanium, industry news site 3Ders.org reports.
Plastic, typically the material of choice for 3D printing, simply wouldn't cut it. Literally. A bird's beak, the website notes, must be dense and strong enough to smash open seeds and tough shells.
Titanium, in addition to being very light and rust-proof, fit the bill.