3D Models & Prints

A quick post regarding the process of creating a 3D model and 3D printing it, specifically in relation to the cranium of the extinct primate Aegyptopithecus zeuxis. You can interact with this 3D model below, and keep reading to learn about my workflow.

Aegyptopithecus zeuxis Cranium by Ed Gonzalez-Tennant on Sketchfab

The above model was modeled in Blender, a free and open source 3D modeling program (actually, it does much, much more!). This model was created with reference images from the original PNAS article about the specimen. As such, this model was ‘created by hand’ and not with any sort of 3D scanning or photogrammetry software. Pretty cool!

Using Blender to sculpt a cranium based on reference images. Look ma, no scanning!

Like the looks of the model? Why not buy one for yourself, a friend, significant other, or stranger on the street? You can, you know? It’s available for purchase from Shapeways. The 3D model isn’t good enough for taking scientific measurements, but it would certainly serve well to illustrate anatomy.

My very own fossil!

That’s all for this week!

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