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  1. Hey everyone I hope you’re all staying healthy! I recently saw this post on TFF FB page, unfortunately I just now submitted a request to join the group and cannot comment to ask for the link. So, my question to anyone how can help me, can you provide a link to the software he’s talking about. Those 3D models are super! I want to make some for myself. Any response from you guys would be appreciated, I’m very honored to be a part of this fantastic community. -Nick
  2. Creating a 3D model using photogrammetry Their is another tutorial pinned on here both work well this way is a little easier because of only needing one program but both work! Requirements: Any camera even a cell phone but a decent camera will produce better quality textures for the 3D model. A tripod helps but not required. A decent PC creating the 3D model takes alot of PC resources so having a recent CPU and GPU will speed up the process. Good lighting is important for the object you are trying to create a model of. Finally patience taking 30-50 pictures takes some time and sometimes you will have to go back and take different ones. So the first step will be to acquire the program that compiles all the pictures i use 3DF Zephyr it makes this process alot easier as you only need this program to compete the model start to finish. The free version limits the amount of photos to 50 but you can get some very nice results with that many. 3DF Zephyr Free Version Download 3DF Zephyr from the link above and install and we can get started making the model! Taking the photos Here is how I have taken my pictures with a old microwave revolving plate: Or you can take them like this: Either way take pictures from every angle making sure that at least 40-50% of each photo is overlapping do the same from above the object or any area you want in the model. 2. Copy images from your phone/camera to your PC 3. Open 3DF Zephyr and click on workflow top left then click new project a new window will open click on next 4. You will now be able to import all your pictures Click the + and select all your photos once imported click next then next again 5.Once on this window make sure it is set like this: 6.Click next once settings are set as above and then click run: 7. It will take a moment once done it will tell you how many photos worked in creating a general model sometimes it is unable to get points in the photos but as long as the outcome gets most details in the fossil/object you should be good click finish and look over the model see how the detailed it is if it is not detailed enough you can take more photos up to 50 in the free version and start from step 1. You should see something along the lines of above photo. Next click Workflow>Advanced>Dense Point Cloud Generation: This is the part that will take time and a good CPU comes into play depending on how many pictures you have taken it can take up to an hour this is when the details show up: Now we will generate the mesh: Once the mesh is generated we can do the final step making a textured mesh: Once it has finished Click "File" on top left and then "Save as" give it a name and save it, then all that is left is to export as a .obj so we can upload it to sketchfab to share. We will now reduce the size of the model Sketchfab limits the model size to 50mb unless you pay for a membership. So now to reduce the size right click on mesh and click properties and when the window opens under "statistics" you will see it says "points" with a number in my case my model has 2,500,000 points Next right click the mesh again but this time click Filters>Decimation and set the points to 200,000-300,000 and click "clone & apply filter" it should not take too long Once it is done we will create a new textured mesh from it click Workflow>Textured Mesh Generation when the window opens make sure where it says "Mesh to use:" that our 2nd cloned mesh is selected "Mesh 1 Filtered 1" it it is selected click next and then you will see on top right :" Now we will generate the textured mesh final step besides exporting. You should now see under "Mesh 1" another mesh called "Mesh 1 Filtered 1" Click on Workflow>Textured Mesh Generation Make sure "Mesh 1 Filtered 1" is selected where it says "Mesh to use:" then click next Now where it says "Settings" click and select Advanced Set "Max. Texture Size:" to 4096x4096 Set "Max. number of textures to 1" Click next and then Run It wont take long once done we can finally export as a .OBJ to upload we should now have two textured meshs "Textured mesh 1" and "Textured mesh 2" Click Export on top left then "Export textured mesh..." Make sure "Textured mesh 2" is selected And set "Export format" to obj/mtl Click export give it a name and find a place on your pc to save it! Make sure the exported files are under 50MB unless you have a Sketchfab membership if it is still over 50mb go back and reduce the points some more until it is under 50mb It is now ready to upload to sketchfab or wherever you would like to share it Sketchfab has a tutorial on how to upload them here: https://help.sketchfab.com/hc/en-us/articles/202508836-Uploading-3D-Models Thanks for reading have fun making models! If anybody needs help let me know and i will try to help.
  3. I have researched for a while now on these bones i have in my collection and only thing i can find that is pretty close to what i have are sauropod metatarsals. Can anybody maybe confirm this or what they may be from? The 3D models are very accurate i put the measurements on the 3d models just click on the annotations. They are from the morrison formation here in Colorado, thanks to anybody that can help! 1st bone: 2nd bone:
  4. Baby T-rex 3d print

    Here is my baby T-rex 3d print. 3d files came from https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/various/life-size-baby-t-rex-skeleton-part-01-10. This one took me about 8 months to complete.
  5. My 3D print of a full size Citipati oviraptor skull. 3d files came from: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/various/life-size-citipati-oviraptor-skull-and-cervical-vertebrae. I had no idea how to paint when I started this. A lot of Google searching on how to paint and experimentation. Also printed Life size baby T-rex skeleton, which is about 7' long. I started 3d printing about a year ago when my wife and kids bought me an Ender 3 Pro for Christmas. Pretty soon I will have my own dinosaur museum in the house.
  6. Crinoid holdfast 3D

    Have you ever wondered what the holdfast root system looked like? I did. So I prepped one of my least costly duplicates to see the whole picture. Here are the before photos.
  7. 3D Printer Files

    I'm hoping someone can point me in the direction of somewhere that has 3-D printer files available for download of fossils, specifically skulls. I teach geology over the summers to children, and would love to incorporate a couple 3-D printed skulls if possible. I believe I have located a 3-D printer and a friend who is willing to let me print a few things. If anyone has a website that they can recommend which makes its 3-D printer files available or would be willing to share their own files with me, I would greatly appreciate it. No preference on species, variety is preferred to show a better depiction of Earth's history.
  8. Hi! I found this rad fish at a local sale, but the seller has no information on it. Is it authentic? They had some semi-suspicious specimens on the table, but this looks real to me. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  9. Neogene ungulates

    Hello again. I have been tinkering with 3d scans again. Using a camel skull and llama body from the idaho virtualization lab via sketchfab, Itried to recreate Syndyoceras, a protoceratid. I am quite happy with the skull and do actually have not much of an idea about the postcranial skeleton. At the moment its a flattened llama minus some neck. I think the feet should be four-toed, but I didn´t find good references for the size and shape. What do you think? Any suggestions to make it more accurate? I added tags for some other herbivore mammals I plan to build over time because I think I cannot add new tags once I started a topic. Thanks, J
  10. After the Velociraptor skull, I finally finished another very long project: the baby T. rex skull designed by Inhuman Species, a 3D printed museum quality fossil replica of a 2-3 years old Tyrannosaurus rex. I really love this project and I made a video of the making from the 3D printing to the painting - I hope you like it. If you're wondering, I 3D printed the skull with the Alfawise U30 in PLA plastic; please watch the video and turn on subtitles to learn more about the tools and the making processes. If your're addicted or interested in 3D printing, you can't miss those topics:
  11. My 3D reconstruction of the fish Aspidorhynchus chasing smaller prey - sprat-like Leptolepides in the seas of Solnhofen (Germany) 150 MYA.
  12. Spinosaur Caudal Vertebra

  13. Edmontosaurus Toe

  14. I finally completed the reorder of my collection of fossils and minerals. It is a wooden hexagonal display cabinet of several wood/glass shelf; in the pictures attached I only show some of them. I 3D printed more than 20 custom drawer compartments for the smallest specimens. I decided to go for a modular design, so I can adapt every compartment to the specimen. As printing material, I used a "wood PLA" filament 3D printed with 1 mm nozzle on the Alfawise U20 3D printer. I finally added a strip LED inside the cabinet door and powered it via a USB power-bank - so it is fully wireless. In this picture you can see some of my recent purchases: Two Sinosauridae indet. teeth from Kem Kem One Acheroraptor tooth from Hell Creek formation, Powder River Co., Montana Some Mosasaurus teeth from Kem Kem One Pterosaurs tooth from Kem Kem A piece of Rhinocerontidae indet. jaw from South Dakota Some ammonites, shark teeth, a Flexicalymene ouzregui, a couple of echinoids (I found the white one in a brick!); the Velociraptor skull is 3D printed as well. This is the other side. The big sand echinoid was also found by me in a brick! On the right there's a nice fossil coral: I never seen something similar, please let me know if you know it's name. Three fossil fishes and a nice ammonites cluster with some quartz in the background. At the end, some minerals... Now I only have to finish the cataloging of all specimen. I already finished with fossils, now I have to start with minerals - it will be very looong! What do you think? Do you like it? Ciao!
  15. Fossil Fish

    This forum did so well last year on the Stigmaria fossil I had, I thought it was worth trying another one. This is both sides of a fish in sandstone. The origin is unknown, but I think it comes from the same formation where many fish fossils in sandstone come from (the little plates that are available at any fossil dealer). To me, because of the scales and the shape of the head, it looks like a modern Gar. The head (best seen on the bottom of the right side) looks like it may have an armored plate on the forehead. Any ideas?
  16. I'm 3D printing this Velociraptor's skull - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2736627 Details are very realistic, but I didn't found any real Raptor's skull image to compare. Internet is full of replicas... Anyway, if you're going to 3D print it, consider that it is a very pain. It is badly split, and it is not very easy to 3D print: more than half of the pegs will break and some of the pieces have mesh issues. Also, I suggest to print teeth flat on the 3D printing bed, and not as the original STL. I will update the post with new images as I glue and paint it. Regards, Adriano
  17. Abelisauroid Vertebra

    5.5
  18. Sigilmassasaurus vertebra

    Fourth cervical vertebra of a Spinosaurid. Very likely Sigilmassasaurus due to the short dorsal spine and proportions of the postzygapophyses.
  19. Hi everyone! As I have mentioned several times, being a 3D artist I am trying to move into the field of paleoart. Recently I have started modeling Ceratosaurus nasicornis in 3D, and I really want to make it as accurate and plausible as possible. Here is what I have got so far: a basic model done in 3ds Max. After this I am planning to take it to ZBrush and add more muscle definition, sking wrinkles, scales and other fine details. At this stage this is just the base and I would like to share it with you guys in order to receive some feedback from those who know their dinosaur anatomy. Did I get the shape and overall structure right? Constructive criticism is more then welcome, pretty much this is what I am asking for here. 1. Mesh 2. Body 3. Perspective 4. Back 5. Top view 6. Head close-up
  20. Hello everybody, This is my first post and first piece of artwork I would like to share and, hopefully, receive some feedback. I do 3D animation and rendering for living, but paleontology is my life long interest and passion. Here is my 3D reconstruction of Cambrian trilobite Olenoides serratus that was a common member of the famous Burgess Shale biota. I actually live just 250 km apart from the famous Burgess Shale quarry (and 100 km from Albertan Red Deer badlands rich with dinosaur fosslis).
  21. Bumpy Nodules

    Two halves of the same nodule.
  22. Hi everyone. I'm a 3D artist and freelancer with lots of interests in paleontology. And for 6 years I have made dozens of models, many of which are of prehistoric model. I always try to make the model as accurate as possible. Here is a small figurine of the Psittacosaurus , with it's skin flaps and beak and coloration and everything (with the exception of the quills, due to 3D printing restriction). Besides this model, here are more pictures.
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