May 16, 2022

Cool! Dalhousie LIS Students Build 3D Model Archive


On behalf of the Dalhousie University Library, [Michael] Groenendyk and his team are building a 3D model repository: an open database filled with three-dimensional scans of interesting objects in the university’s possession. The files can be freely downloaded in their full detail and viewed in most common 3D modelling applications.

Groenendyk is one of the grad students in Dalhousie’s library and information studies program responsible for the Makerbot Replicator installation at the Killam Library, a project that offers cheap 3D printing to students and faculty. While it’s been less visible than the 3D printer, the library’s repository project has wider implications.

The 3D repository currently holds only a handful of files, despite opening nearly a year ago – the 3D printer has absorbed most of the team’s attention. That’s finally changing this month, thanks in part to a new research grant that will fund the work.

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