ZBrush in Scientific Visalization Reproduction Accuracy and Versatility of Techniques

ZBrush is among other things a specialist in organic creation. It is naturally positioned as the tool of choice to create or recreate an explanatory diagram, an extinct creature or a medically accurate object. From sections of organs to cells, the reconstructions of ancient statues to full-scale prehistoric creatures, ZBrush can handle the job.

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ZBrush Pixol technology simulates more than color and makes it possible to integrate 3D objects directly into your 2D illustrations. This provides realistic shading that responds to lighting changes. For example, you can sculpt a single cell, then reproduce that model as often as you wish within your illustration, providing accurate detail without unnecessary repetition of effort.

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With the evolution of highly accurate 3D scanners, it is now possible to digitize works without having to degrade them. Clean the model in ZBrush, where you can then work on scientific hypotheses such as with forensic reconstruction. Or a dentist can sculpt appliances that are an unprecedented fit for his patient's needs. From there you can use a 3D printer to return the model to real world.

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ZBrush has an approach to visualization which will neither disappoint nor alienate artists who've cut their teeth in illustration. Its traditional 2D and 2.5D tools blend with 3D features to provide technical artists with an arsenal of features to fix, repair or interpret models whether created entirely in ZBrush or imported and assembled.

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From movies to turntable animations, ZBrush also includes several tools to facilitate the presentation of your 3D models. You can even replicate the reconstruction process via Undo History Playback, as well as creating exploded 3D views.

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Creating in ZBrush - in either in 2D or 3D - is similar to working with the fixed-size pixel documents found in all 2D illustration software. But you have vastly more freedom to compose your image to your liking by freely placing editable and customizable 3D objects. Using this system you can build up a traditional illustration that still retains depth information that can then be reused to make other 3D models growing along the surface. This is the power of Pixols, more commonly known as 2.5D painting.

If your creation is in full 3D, you will also have the flexibility to work at an unmatched level of accuracy with the help of HD Geometry which can push the resolution of your model up to a billion of polygons. Your surfaces will be able to faithfully reproduce all materials, whether organic or mechanical. You can use predefined patterns to recreate the wrinkles of skin, scales of all types or variations of stones. And as it may be necessary to go back to edit surface details, you'll still be able to modulate the intensity of the 3D layers applied to your model, allowing a non-destructive workflow.

Finally, ZBrush is the perfect companion for 3D printing. It is ideal for processing 3D scans, either to clean and optimize them or to reconstruct missing parts. Features that are especially useful to scientific needs include DynaMesh, ZRemesher and its automatic retopology, Projection of details from one model to another, the Hollowing functions and of course the Brush system. These features combine to provide an unlimited richness to your work, creating even the most microscopic variations that you can apply on your model. With this tool set at your disposal you can focus on the scientific aspects and accuracy of your illustrations rather than technical processes. Your last optional step will be the use of 3D Print Exporter to print your creations in the real world, letting you hold in your hands what your eyes may not be able to see in real life!

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