As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Threeding and Artec 3D to scan and digitize more than 55 endangered birds for 3D printing

Mar 30, 2016 | By Kira

3D printing marketplace Threeding has launched yet another joint venture with 3D scanning hardware and software company Artec 3D to promote education, scientific knowledge, and the preservation of rare avian species. For this latest project, the two companies are teaming up to 3D scan and digitize more than 55 endangered and threatened birds, all of which will be made available to students, ornithologists, veterinarians, and biologists in a 3D printer-friendly format.

Browsing through your favorite 3D printing marketplace, you can find just about any 3D printable modelyou’re after—home décor, furniture, video game content, engineering tools, kitchen supplies…really, anything. But Bulgarian 3D printing marketplace Threeding doesn’t just want to make the everyday available, its goal is to capture the rare, historical, and the irreplaceable, and to preserve it all via 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. For its part, Artec 3D provides some of the most advanced 3D scanning solutions on the market, and is well aware of the power of 3D scanning to help preserve and recreate life as we know it.

Artec 3D and Threeding’s collaboration goes back to 2014, when the two companies set out to 3D scan historical artifacts from leading Central and Eastern European museums. Earlier this year, the two collaborated again, this time 3D scanning and digitizing a large collection of Ancient Greek artifacts.

With the 3D ornithology project (ornithology is the study of birds), Threeding will use Artec’s high resolution Spider and EVA 3D scanners as well as Artec’s Studio software to produce textured, high resolution scans of rare bird species, including the Eastern Imperial Eagle, White-Tailed Eagle, Boreal Owl, Humboldt Penguin, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Long-Eared Owel, and more.

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