A documentary that aired on PBS looks at how ZBrush helped recreate the digital skeleton of a Spinosaurus Aegypticus, the biggest predator to ever walk the planet!
Using a CT scanner to digitize the discovered bones, the 3D images captured are accurate to a fraction of a millimeter! Paleoartists can then use ZBrush to assemble a virtual dinosaur. “We have, just now, moved into the digital age for dinosaur reconstruction, in the sense that you can go literally from a bone to a digital model of a bone, to a digital skeleton, which you can simplify enough that you can make it move, you can make it walk, you can ultimately put skin on it,” said Paul Sereno, National Geographic Explorer.
Check out the insightful documentary. At roughly 38 minutes, you’ll see ZBrush in action!
These biological renders are presented as part of the 2012 Visualization Challenge examining HIV. ZBrushCentral artist, Alexey Kashpersky and the small team have recently won 1st Prize for their piece entitled, “Human Immunodeficiency Virus.” Alexey is no one trick pony. His user gallery, under the name R1DD1CK, is filled with ZBrush art covering everything from characters to creatures and more.
You can see more of the entries and watch animations of the molecular processes that cells undergo in the human blood stream when infected, by visiting the CGSociety features page. Fascinating stuff!
Medical and scientific visualization are just some of the ways ZBrush is used to create highly detailed 3d assets. You can learn more about ZBrush and its industry applications inside our Industry page. For a collection of constantly expanding video tutorials and learning resources, be sure to visit ZClassroom. There, you’ll have access to the necessary tools to develop your own scientific illustrations.
Dr Phillip Manning is one of the worlds leading paleontologists specializing in dinosaur anatomy using scar patterns on fossils to asses and calculate muscle attachment etc. Phil and his team use sophisticated tech to calculate muscle mass and weight and the images Peter Minister shows in his thread at ZBC are the early results. The model will be used in printed publications along with some animation for a sequence in a national geographic produced documentary.
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