In the 3D technology industry, we’ve seen a lot of productive partnerships between companies, universities, research institutions and other organizations. Few, however, have been as productive as the collaboration between 3D scanner and software manufacturer Artec 3D and 3D printing platform/model marketplace Threeding. The two companies have worked together on numerous projects for educational and preservation purposes, including but not limited to: the creation of a collection of free-to-download 3D animal models; a digital library of endangered birds; a digital library of ancient Greek artifacts; and the digital archiving of the collections from multiple museums and historical sites in Bulgaria.
In their latest collaborative project, Artec 3D and Threeding have created a new collection of 3D printable models of human anatomy, available for download from Threeding’s website and ranging in cost from $15 to $35 – much less expensive than most quality anatomical models for educational and training purposes. The two companies began amassing a collection of 3D scanned, 3D printable anatomical models last year, but the new collection is, according to the companies, the most accurate yet.
New models available for download include scans of a hip, knee, elbow, mandible, brain, and several muscle structures, bringing the collection to well over 100 models. The project isn’t finished yet, though.
“We are very glad that we launched this new project with our friends from Artec 3D. After its completion, we will be offering more than 150 high quality anatomy models suitable for 3D printing and a total of more than 1500 scientific shapes,” said Stan Partalev, co-founder of Threeding. “This makes us not only a commercial marketplace, but also the largest source of 3D printable models for the academic community. The offering of authentic 3D-scanned models leverages our partnerships with Artec and takes us forward on our growth path. We are building on our strength and providing the customers what they request: reliable, high quality 3D models.”
The detailed, accurate models were created with Artec 3D’s Spider and Eva 3D scanners, and the images were processed with their recently released Studio 11 3D modeling software. 3D printed models can be ordered in a variety of material and color options, or, even less expensively, downloaded and printed at home. The files are also available for free to scientific and educational organizations upon request.
“This project will allow students, educators and the curious alike to easily create a tactile learning experience with these models once printed,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “The accuracy at which the 3D models are created is unprecedented. The texture and shape of bones, organs and other scanned body parts are identical to their real counterparts.”
According to Artec 3D and Threeding, they’re already at work on another project, with more details to be announced in the next few weeks or so. This partnership certainly looks like it’ll be active for a long time to come, to the benefit of many in research and education fields – not to mention others who want to learn more about biology, history, and other subjects on their own for an affordable cost. Discuss in the Threeding Artec 3D forum at 3DPB.com.