Polygon: An artist created 3D models of every D&D monster, and you can have them all for free

New-to-me, from Polygon: An artist created 3D models of every D&D monster, and you can have them all for free. “For more than five years, one man has been creating 3D models of every single monster in Dungeons & Dragons’ 5th edition, and giving away those digital files for free, so people with 3D printers can make them at home. Miguel Zavala’s art project consists of more than 1,900 digital files, and he has nearly 3,000 paying subscribers supporting his work on Patreon.”

Smithsonian: You Can Now Download 1,700 Free 3-D Cultural Heritage Models

Smithsonian: You Can Now Download 1,700 Free 3-D Cultural Heritage Models. “During the first manned lunar landing mission in July 1969, Apollo 11’s crew lived in a command module dubbed the Columbia. Currently a priceless artifact in the National Air and Space Museum’s collections, the module was the only portion of the spacecraft to return to Earth. Now, thanks to a new open access initiative spearheaded by Sketchfab, the web’s largest platform for immersive 3-D content, anyone with an internet connection can ‘re-use, re-imagine and remix’ the vessel—as well as nearly 1,700 other historic artifacts—without limitation.”

Medical XPress: Science communicators get access to real data for 3-D modelling

Medical XPress: Science communicators get access to real data for 3-D modelling. “Free, open-source software created by a U of T Mississauga professor is giving science communicators access to real data for science illustrations and animations. NeuronBuild 1.8 is now available for immediate download from GitHub.com. This latest version includes bug fixes and new features.”

Hyperallergic: Explore Ancient Athens Online Through 3D Models, Created by One Animator Over 12 Years

Hyperallergic: Explore Ancient Athens Online Through 3D Models, Created by One Animator Over 12 Years. “Visitors to the site can browse reconstructions that date back as early as 1200 BCE, the Mycenaean period — or Bronze Age — through Classical Athens, featuring the rebuilds made necessary by the Greco-Persian War, and ages of occupation by Romans and Ottomans. Tsalkanis traces the evolution of sites like the Acropolis throughout the ages, the rise and fall of the city walls, the Agora, which served as center of city life, and various temples, libraries, and other fortifications.”

Library of Congress: Library’s Collections Come to Life as 3D Models

Library of Congress: Library’s Collections Come to Life as 3D Models. “The 3D Digital Modeling, Imaging, and Printing Working Group was created to explore the use of 3D technologies to expand access to the Library’s collections. In Fall 2019, the working group launched a pilot in which a limited selection of items from the online collections were 3D scanned and the 3D models made publicly available. In the blog post below, I share what it was like to be trained to build 3D models alongside other Library staff, how we collaborated as a cross-functional working group, and lay out the potential uses of the models we created as part of the LOC 3D pilot project.”

TechCrunch: Ubiquity6’s Display.land is part 3D scanner, part social network

TechCrunch: Ubiquity6’s Display.land is part 3D scanner, part social network. “The company’s first publicly launched app, Display.land, started rolling out on iOS and Android over the weekend. Part 3D scanner and part social network, it lets you scan a location or object, edit it (cropping it to just the bits you’re interested in, or adding pre-built digital objects), and share it with the world. Want everyone to see it? You can pin a scan to a map, allowing anyone panning by to explore your scan. Want to keep it to yourself? Flip the privacy toggle accordingly.”

Phys .org: For World Rhino Day, UMass Amherst and Australia’s Perth Zoo team create 3-D rhino model

Phys .org: For World Rhino Day, UMass Amherst and Australia’s Perth Zoo team create 3-D rhino model . “The Digital Life team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by evolutionary biologist Duncan Irschick and other colleagues released the world’s first accurate, publicly available three-dimensional (3-D) model of the rare Southern white rhino in collaboration with Perth Zoo in Australia.”

EurekAlert: 3D slave ship model brings a harrowing story to life

EurekAlert: 3D slave ship model brings a harrowing story to life. “A 3D model of an 18th century slave ship, which captures the cramped, dirty and stifling conditions experienced by enslaved Africans, has been launched as a new digital teaching tool.”

Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts

Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. “A group of University of Lethbridge researchers and Blackfoot elders will spend two weeks in England this summer to produce detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. Christine Clark, one of the researchers embarking on the trip in July, said the artifacts will be documented through a process called photogrammetry, which involves taking a series of photos all the way around the object. Software will then be used to transform the images into a realistic 3-D model.”

CBR: University of Bradford Uses HPC System to Build 3D Models of Lost Heritage Sites

CBR: University of Bradford Uses HPC System to Build 3D Models of Lost Heritage Sites. “Archaeology researchers at the University of Bradford are using a combination of crowd sourcing and its first high performance computing (HPC) system to create 3D models of historical landmarks which have been severely damaged or completely destroyed.”

Forbes: Scientific Visualizations For Teaching Used To Mean Plaster Models

New-to-me, from Forbes: Scientific Visualizations For Teaching Used To Mean Plaster Models. “In March 2005 during renovations to the third-floor flooring of the University of Illinois’ mathematics department building, around 170 of the campus’ mathematics models were temporarily removed from their cases. This provided the opportunity to create a series of more than 2,200 high resolution photographs preserving the incredibly intricate and complex designs of the models, as well as showcasing the enormous variety of their designs.”

Google Blog: On World Heritage Day, explore historic sites in 3D

Google Blog: On World Heritage Day, explore historic sites in 3D. “In addition to bringing new heritage locations and their stories to Google Arts & Culture, this year Historic Environment Scotland and the University of South Florida—organizations with a shared commitment to opening their 3D datasets to the world—have also joined the Open Heritage project. Together, we’re launching Open Heritage 3D, a dedicated portal for sharing 3D cultural heritage data and its results with everyone.”

New Web Site Provides Digitized Models of Bird Bones

Read an article about this but it didn’t include the URL, so I’m going straight to the source to tell you about Fauna Toolkit: Bird Bones. From the home page: “A portal to 3D digitised models of bird bones from museum collections. 159 bones from 28 species in 22 families and 19 orders are now available from the Index below.”