Using satellite data, NASA scientists have created the first-ever 3D model showing just how much dust makes its way from the Saharan Desert to the Amazon forest. Incredibly, this dust is seeding the rain forest with an essential nutrient, an indication of just how interconnected these disparate regions really are.
Last century, a massive binary system went supernova, ejecting at least 10 times the mass of our Sun into space. NASA scientists have now created the first hi-res model of the expanding cloud produced by this iconic outburst.
This is awesome: Patricio Gonzalez Vivo found a way to scrape Google Street View for its depth map data, then rebuilt the streets as ghostly spatial models in openFrameworks. The weird and flickering results, seen in the video above, are like a holograph dreaming of electric streets, with facades and sidewalks tuning…
Meet the walrus-whale, the extinct species of ancient whale, that looked a little like a cross between a dolphin and a walrus, and once roamed the oceans. Oh, for a time-traveling, whale-watching expedition!
Even if your skin resembles a dewy peach more than Daniel-Craig-as-Mikael-Blomkvist, be worried: Microsoft's 3D modeling is the most advanced ever built; capable of showing every wrinkle in your face. Naturally, it could be added to Kinect in the future.
This could be the most important design advancement in years. Not since the Pantone color-capturer have you been able to preserve something from your travels and recreate it at home as a 3D model. Hook up a 3D printer, and...
At Waseda University, researchers are developing a 3D face generation process that requires no special equipment. It combines 3D measurement data from thousands of faces with a single photograph to extrapolate what your features will look like, cheaply and quickly.
What happens when you take a 3D model of one of the sleekest, sexiest designs in the world, then lower the resolution until it's barely recognizable? In this case, you turn a Lamborghini Countach into an onyx slab.
I am sorry to report that the latest profession to be made obsolete by robots is ice sculpting. Cold-hearted explanation follows:
Not to turn this into a secondary job board for Apple or anything, but they're opening up a position for a digital 3D modeler/CAD sculptor to create renderings of possible and future products. It's interesting because the turnover there for the position is really low, and it may be the only time you get a chance to…
Why does making a 3D model have to be so hard? You've got to learn how to use complex software and then, on top of it all, you need to develop some sort of artistic eye! No thanks, that all sounds like too much work for me. I prefer to have machines to the heavy lifting for me.
If you want to start doing 3D design but are just too damned lazy to actually learn how to create 3D models, you've got a couple of options.