The world of animals is one that never ceases to fascinate. And often, as we have the privilege of exploring the realms of other species, it’s a brief and welcome respite from other people, the hustle and bustle of real life, and the tasks at hand.
Most of us have an ongoing curiosity regarding animals that starts at a young age as we’re introduced to the world in general, along with studies in biology and science. We have a pretty good knowledge of what people are about and how our bodies are constructed, but when it comes to animals, there are so many variations to learn about in different sizes, shapes, and adaptations–not to mention behaviors.
In years past, we grew up learning about animal anatomy through encyclopedias and textbooks. Today, with the advent of everything online, resources are vast—and expanding even further—thanks to a recent project between two companies we love to follow as they collaborate: Threeding and Artec 3D. Just hearing the two names together always sparks an interest because the they have collaborated on such fascinating undertakings previously, just this year alone working on exciting projects such as scanning hundreds of Greek artifacts as well as another animal-related project in scanning birds for a preservation effort, meant to also raise awareness of endangered birds.
Threeding, founded in 2013 and headquartered in Bulgaria, is a 3D printing marketplace and community for 3D printing models, and the only one to offer 3D printable models of historical artifacts and scientific models. Over the years, they have found a perfect fit in working with Artec 3D, headquartered in Luxembourg, with subsidiaries in the USA (Palo Alto) and Russia (Moscow). As the developer and manufacturer of 3D scanning solutions, Artec’s collaborations with Threeding have put a major spotlight on their lineup of handheld scanners.
Now, the two companies are excited about working together again—and they’ve already created 40 3D models which are available and 3D printable from Threeding. If you take a look, you’ll see a compilation of animal skeletons, bear and duck skulls, and vertebrate mammals.
While these models are of course fascinating for everyone, Threeding and Artec3D expect that they will be extremely helpful to those training in veterinary medicine as well as offering tools for biological scientists who will gain from the study of the models; in fact, the project actually came about due to so much feedback regarding the need for 3D models like these, with traditional models often being too difficult to obtain and too expensive to purchase for either science or education.
“We are very excited about this project and our extensive work in the fields of science and education,” said Cveta Partaleva, co-founder of Threeding. “It is fantastic that our numerous collaborations with Artec are not only helping our platform to become a leading repository for 3D printable models but also that we are changing the way people are studying and working in science.”
The models will be free to Threeding members, for all users, throughout this month of June. After June however, only students, universities, and scientific organizations will be granted free access on request.
“We’re very proud to be Threeding’s scanning partner of choice and to work with the company on this important project,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “Easy and affordable access to accurate 3D models is vital to the education and development of professionals in numerous scientific disciplines.
“By using our 3D scanners, Threeding is able to create a diverse range of 3D-printable models that are readily available for download online, offering a game-changing approach to the learning experience.”
And even more exciting—Threeding states that they are working on several new endeavors currently that will also be related to education and science—more specifically in the areas of paleontology, anatomy and archaeology. They plan to make those models public too, soon, and we’ll certainly be following up with a full report. Discuss further in the Threeding 3D Animal Models Library forum over at 3DPB.com.