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Found 24 results

  1. As I keep digging through the literal tons of old geology and earth science supplies in the store room, I came across a large box full of about 30 of these old Ward's Science Education fossil sorting kits. They are all injection molded plastic, and were pretty boring. The boss told me to "throw.that.junk.out. NOW." which of course means I loaded the entire box into my backpack. Legitimate salvage is legitimate salvage. Anyway, in preparation for turning many of our replica casts and such into display pieces for teaching (and to make the earth sciences lab look cool...I decided to paint a few up. I'm pleased with the results. However, my matte finish sealer decided to go glossy due to a heavy hand on my part, but that is why I'm dusting off the skills on cheap junk before I get into the hardcore stuff. It looks like my dream of an ammonite hatband will become reality eventually, as these plastic models are much lighter and more durable than a ring of rocks around my Kakadu... Note: I may haze snuck a real fossil in here and there just for comparison.
  2. Hi dear forumers. Need you help. May be some of you have a proper experience in printing 3d models of fossils. The great task appeared in my path. I trying to make a paleontology museum in my town. Our family have a more than 20 years of experience in paleohunting an we dream about showing to people what a beautyful and unique ancient creatures have been living here, near our home. And we want to show how interestin is our sciense: paleontology. We have a thousands of fossils of all systems from middle jurassic series, all of cretaceous systems to miocene series, in 300km zone aroun our city. The pearl of our collection: fragment of lower mosasaurus jaw. But not everybody can imagine how great that sea monster was. And in my brain births an idea to print a full scale mosasaurus skull. So may be some of you have such experience and can help me with hints and solutions about this problem. May be you know a proper link. The links that i found in web aren`t free. I haven`t much money, and i scear about resolution of virtual model and quality of printing. Also may be some of you know where to dind a good resolution photo of masasaurus scull. Thanks everybody for help.
  3. Guess the Origami Fossil

    My preferred medium of artistic representation, origami. Can you guess the animal it’s going to become? Here is the base (the initial form) and a picture a little further on with the legs of a Cretaceous creature I’ve started folding from a 24cm square of paper. The model design for this one isn’t mine, but I have designed a model before and hopefully will make some more of my own in the future. Hopefully the finished model will grace my shelf when I finally find one of these in fossil form. I hope you all enjoy, Benton
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Pterosaurs

    Hello again. After a great holiday full of colourful dinosaurs (avian ones) I am back home and playing with 3d- models. Pteranodon skull is a print of P360 s model on sketchfab. yellow parts are rebuild in epoxy putty, brown ones are from a geoworld model. Tapejara skull is 3dprinted from Igor Novis´ 3d model on thingiverse, Nyctosaurus, Dsungarypterus and Anhanguera are 3d-modeld by me, using mostly drawings by Mark Witton as reference. What do you think? Aloha J What do you think?
  7. Spinosaurus gift

    I thought I would share this. A gift for my 6-year old nephew's birthday. An amazing Spinosaurus model/toy with working jaw, highly detailed, and an actual Spino fossil tooth, approx. 150 myo. I know if I were a 6 year old crazy about dinosaurs, which I was, and still am, would go berserk over this gift. I almost want to keep them for myself, haha. and Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms out there! KP
  8. the impact of impact

    Global warming and ocean stratification: A potential result of large extraterrestrial impacts Manoj Joshi1,2 , Roland von Glasow1,3, Robin S. Smith4 , Charles G. M. Paxton5 , Amanda C. Maycock6, Da1Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 3Deceased 6 September 2015, 4National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading, Reading, UK, 5Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, 6School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 7School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 8Getech PLC, Leeds, UKniel J. Lunt7 , Claire Loptson7, and Paul Markwick8 Geophys. Res.Lett., 44, 3841–3848, doi:10.1002/ 2017GL073330.
  9. Somewhat fishy

    Ahoi, I just finished a model of Dunkleosteus the lazy way, because I don´t have that much time these days. Lazy way means: Skull is a bought model from kaiyodo dinotales, postcranial is a skeletal drawing by Scott Hartmann I modified slightly and printed on some transparent foil. Like the outcome. It is quite small though, only 15 cm, representing a meager 3m in my chosen scale. can anyone tell what the other two are? both recent species, one handmade after a photograph, the other 3d printed from ct data. As I don´t know if I can add tags after posting , I just added the ones I may put in this thread if I ever find the time to build them. After all my Whales, other marine Mammals , Birds and Reptiles I thought it would be nice if I could include some more Reptiles and "Amphibians" (?) If it crossed the border between land and sea, its likeness shall be built by me -some day. -Placodus -Cyamodus -Mastodonsaurus -Tiktaalik -Ichthyostega -Diplocaulus Aloha, J
  10. Some paint added

    Aloha. here are two 3d printed models I showed before. The Turtle is selfmade, the Spino not so. I took the time to paint them and quite like the result. Pondered to give the Spino the reddish colour one often sees with fossils from kem kem, but decided rather to colour the "matrix", which is in fact a piece of treebark. Best regards, Jan
  11. Some marine non-whales

    Three models, three very different animals, three methods: Anomalocaris, sculpted in fimo according to fossil drawings, 6 cm long Hesperornis, digitally distorted from a recent bird skeleton and Tyrannosaurus skull, 3d printed, 9cm long. Hydrodamalis, skull digitally distorted from a dog skull, postcranial plywood and putty like my whales, 38 cm. Aloha J
  12. Plesiosaur upgraded

    Same Story again, looking whart i can make of a bought model that has been around for some time. Another marine tetrapod. To be perfectly clear, This is a commercially bought Model which I changed to my ideas.Like my marine sloth and most of my dino- and other saurian ,models, but not my whales. I ordered the model from geoworld because some of the line had been quite nice. When I first saw it I didn´t think I could make something for my collection out of it. Trying it anyway. Scaled size and approximate proportions of Futabasaurus, not reallyenough detail to tell. Aloha J
  13. Ahoi. Another marine tetrapod. To be perfectly clear, This is a commercially bought Model which I changed to my ideas.Like my marine sloth and most of my dino- and other saurian ,models, but not my whales. I ordered the model from geoworld because some of the line had been quite nice. When I first saw it I didn´t think I could make something for my collection out of it. Tried it anyway. Because of the size in my chosen scale of 1/20 I decided to model it on Platecarpus, although I don´t claim to be accurate to even genus level. It´s just the medium sized Mosasaur to go with my whales and other seacritters. The flippers may need further detailwork. But for now I am content with the result. The base is a recent tuna vert by the way. Aloha!
  14. Dinosaur Postures

    After the satisfying outcome of my sloth-experiment (changing geoworld megatherium to Thalassocnus) I took another look at some older dinosaur models. Sauropoda- Giraffatitan: "Edutoys Brachiosaurus", added teeth and one cervical vertebra to give him a more erect pose, Changed cervical ribs from medial "monorib". changed leg pose. Thyreophora- Stegosaurus: Glencoe models , changed tail and thagomizer to more modern pose Ceratopsia- Triceratops: Kaiyodo "Wild rush" gave him a treetrunk to look over. Ornithopoda- Parasaurolophus: Geoworld, drilled out intercostal plastik. painted it. Theropoda- Spinosaurus: had it 3d printed. I wonder if I should give it a swimming pose, what do you think?
  15. my sloth- Thalassocnus

    As my whale family is nearly complete now I went looking for other marine tetrapods. (and big fish by the way). I had for some time included Thalassocnus, the unbelievable swimming sloth of Miocene Peru in my to do list. Really fourlegged tetrapods are quite a lot of work compared with the highly reduced whales, so I was glad when I realized that the Megaterium made by geoworld was more or less my scale when seen as a big Thalassocnus of 3.3 meters. It finally arrived the day before yesterday, and today I spent some hours making it look more seagoing. I lengthened the snout, smoothed the skull and jaw. sawed out the intercostal spaces and made the limbones less bulky. The spinal processes are pointing more backwards now. (or at least their edges are) I am positively surprised how well this cheap model turned out after only few hours of work. Aloha J
  16. Hiya - I'm wondering if anyone can help me fill in the missing areas of my ichthyosaur sculpt? It's an attempt at an ichthyosaurus breviceps skull but I just can't find any photos / diagrams that give me the information / confidence to complete the back. Any help would be really appreciated! many thanks!
  17. 3d printed trex model

    Been printing out this 3d model for the last 4 days I got from thingiverse, still need to paint it but had to show it off.
  18. classic,IMHO

    inEWESTcephalopsuturesrep89.pdf I loved fig.5,the reconstruction. Pictorially stunning If you already have the classic Westermann ,Oloriz,Hewitt and Checa literature: this is right up there,and then some But do I recommend it? on Doush's PDF-grade-o-meter*: 11 out of 10 *patent pending
  19. Archeoceti skulls 3d WIP

    Hello again, on my constant search for 3d archeoceti references I stumbled upon a method that seems very promising: I took a 3d scan of a dog skull that I scanned myself via photogrammetry and twisted it around until it looked more or less dorudontine to me. That´s much less work than building the dorudon-skull from primitive shapes. Took me about 3 hours so far. This Method seems nearly unlimited to me (for artistic uses anyway) Take the closest recent skull you can get and transform it into your species of choice. I have never done anything like that before (not digitally at least) and after one day trying around Iam astonished at the result. Archeoceti here I come! here is the 2d reference I used: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Dorudon_atrox_and_Maiacetus_inuus.jpg I hope for contructive advice on what is still wrong with the skull. Does it have to look so evil from the front? that´s what came out when I tried to recreate the top- and side view. Best Regards, J J
  20. Model Anomalocaris

    From the album Anomalocaris and friends.

    This is a great (not quite accurate) model of an Anomalocaris that I got for Xmas. Now when visitors ask "what's that smudge on that rock?", instead of pulling up a pic I can simply show them the model.
  21. Trilobite 3D printing project

    I'm working making a 3D printed trilobite. I'm new to FF, lured here by so many informative posts and pictures, some of which have been invaluable in modeling this "bug." Here's a look at the 3D model so far, made and rendered in Blender. (My avatar provides another view.) If anyone has pictures of specimens of this species group (which I hope the experts can easily identify!), particularly with soft tissues preserved, I would be very grateful for pointers. I've been working from the Harrington 1959 reconstruction, salted with specimens found here and elsewhere online, spiced with a little imagination, and served with a giant helping of 3D printing constraints. The biggest constraint is that the frilly details won't survive the 3D printing post-processing; secondarily, I want to make something robust enough for people to handle. I'm doing this because I always wanted to hold a trilobite, to pick one up out of the rock, turn it over, run my fingers along the spines. Wandering the forums, I get the feeling that I'm not alone! -- Allan
  22. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at gallo_j@aol.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. HAVE FUN! Coloring Pages Allosaurus - firstpalette.com Ammonites - Fossil Facts and Finds Ammonite and Orthoceras - Fossil Facts and Finds Ankylosaurus - firstpalette.com Archaeopteryx - Fossil Facts and Finds Archaeopteryx - Melbourne Museum Archaeopteryx - firstpalette.com Brachiopods - Fossil Facts and Finds Brachiopods Scene - Fossil Facts and Finds Brachiosaurus - partystarking.com Brachiosaurus - firstpalette.com Camarasaurus - firstpalette.com Cretaceous Dinosaurs - firstpalette.com Crinoids - Fossil Facts and Finds Dinosaur Coloring Book of Garden Park - Skyline Elementary, School District Fremont County Re-1 Dinosaur Size - HomeScience Tools Ice Age Giants - Denver Museum of Nature & Science Janjucetus hunderi - Melbourne Museum John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Coloring Sheets - National Park Service Jurassic Dinosaurs - firstpalette.com Koolasuchus cleelandi - Melbourne Museum Learn About Texas Dinosaurs - Texas Parks and Wildlife My Dinosaur Coloring Book (prehistoric animals) Paleozoic Seas - Fossil Facts and Finds Parasaurolophus - firstpalette.com Quantassaurus intrepidus - Melbourne Museum Quetzalcoatlus - kids-dinosaurs.com Redlichia - Melbourne Museum Sauropods - Fossil Facts and Finds Spinosaurus - partystarking.com Spinosaurus - firstpalette.com Stegosaurus - Fossil Facts and Finds Stegosaurus - kids-dinosaurs.com Stegosaurus - partystarking.com Stegosaurus - firstpalette.com Stenacanthus altonensis - Melbourne Museum Triceratops - Fossil Facts and Finds Triceratops - kids-dinosaurs.com Triceratops - partystarking.com Triceratops - firstpalette.com Trilobites - Fossil Facts and Finds Tyrannosaurus rex - Fossil Facts and Finds Tyrannosaurus rex - kids-dinosaurs.com Tyrannosaurus rex - partystarking.com Tyrannosaurus rex - firstpalette.com Crossword Puzzles Fossils - science-teachers.com Megalodon - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium The Cenozoic Era - Fossil Finds and Facts The Mesozoic Era - Fossil Finds and Facts The Paleozoic Era - Fossil Finds and Facts What is a Fossil? - zuhlmuseum.nmsu.edu Hands-On Activities Directions for Making Impression Fossils - Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears Directions for Making Permanent Mold and Cast Fossils - Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears Make Your Own Fossil - Big River Journey Activity, National Park Service Make Your Own Trace Fossil - Museum of Science, Boston Modeling Petrified Wood - Texas Memorial Museum The Mystery Fossil Bones - M.J. Krech Cut-out Puppet of a Pterosaur - British Geological Survey Pattern (color) Pattern (black & white) Identification Sheets Common Fossils from the Devonian of Western New York (color, Hi-res) - The Fossilguy Common Vertebrate Fossils from the Miocene of Maryland and Virginia - The Fossilguy Common Invertebrate Fossils from the Miocene of Maryland and Virginia - The Fossilguy Common Paleocene Fossils of Charles County, MD - The Fossilguy Common Vertebrate Fossils from the Miocene and Pliocene of North Carolina - The Fossilguy Common Fossils from the Cretaceous of New Jersey - The Fossilguy Paper Models Ammonite Model - Canon Creative Park (Advanced) Pattern (A4) Assembly Instructions (A4) Pattern (LTR) Assembly Instructions (LTR) Crinoid Model - U.S. Geological Survey (Advanced) Trilobite and Orthocone Models - U.S. Geological Survey Nautiloid Model - Australian Geological Survey Organization Trilobite Model - Australian Geological Survey Organization Trilobite Model - British Geological Survey Pattern (color) Pattern (black & white) Wordsearches Ammonites Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds Brachiopod Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds Crinoids Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds Fossil Wordsearch - Falls of the Ohio Fossil Wordsearch - Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark Fossil Wordsearch - geoschol.com Fossil Finder Wordsearch - Washington Centerville Public Library Fossils and Geologic Time Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds Megalodon Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds Trilobites Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds What is a Fossil? Wordsearch - Fossil Facts and Finds Educational Resources Earth Science Educational Resources for Teachers - Aurora Fossil Museum (lots of good pictures of shark teeth, identification guides, coloring pages, etc.)
  23. Cambrian Model Aysheaia

    This is another of my Burgess shale replicas
  24. Cambrian Models

    This is my most recent sculpture I have made. I sculpt the original in clay. It usualy takes me a few months to complete a sculpture. When I am happy with the piece, I make a silcone mold of it. With the mold, I am able to cast a model in Urethane plastic. Once it is cast I can clean up the piece and I can airbrush it.
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