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Hello everyone,


I'm very new to 3D, but I would like to see if anyone is interested in collaborating on creating an open source human anatomy model. I'd appreciate some advice on the best way to go about this. I have imported and labelled every OBJ file from the BodyParts3D v4 collection (available free online). It's taken me ages (days) as I've done it by hand (no scripts)! I've also added some bits that were missing from the BodyParts3D v4.3i data set. The c4d file contains 2304 labelled objects, and the zip file is 143.7mb. I'm happy to share it, if people are interested in contributing to the project. However, I don't want to run up massive bandwidth problems if lots of people want to download it. Any advice on where to upload it?


Some info on the model as it currently stands:


  • All the imported OBJ files consist of triangles - so need to be converted piece by piece into quads in order to work well with subdivision surfaces.
  • Some anatomy is missing, but I've started to go blind, so would be great to have more eyes on it to see what else I need to look for on the BodyParts3D site.
  • As I said, I'm really new to 3D, and haven't a clue about materials design, so it would be great if anyone is interested in creating some materials for the model - particularly interested in nodal / per shaders if you would like the challenge


Anyway, if anyone can answer my question on where to serve the file from, that would be a start. 


Thank you!




PS the URL for the BodyParts3D site is http://lifesciencedb.jp/bp3d/ 


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Whats the intended use for this. is it a personal project for fun, education or was you aiming on making a commercial product?  If the latter there are quite a few out there including one that comes with Zbrush, Zac Petroc has done one, and .3dscanstore.com to name a few.  I had helped a student one on one last year on Human anatomy echoche and found many of the online references where inaccurate both 3d models and illustrations, I prefer real scan data.  Anatomy for sculptors book is quite good for visual aid.   There is also the case that some of these types of models are ok to a point when learning Origin and Insertions, but teach nothing about correct volume, and proportions which is why for artistic use its better in a pose of some kind.  


As for storage, that depends on how many people will download it, and how often.  I like to use Amazon S3 storage, but other than that Dropbox is fine.



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Hi Dan,


I'm a nurse working in the charity sector and part of my role involves the production of educational materials for our intranet, so, my intended use is educational. The cost of medically accurate 3D anatomy is very high - Zygote charge many thousands of dollars to license their models. Other models I have seen don't look as comprehensive or medically accurate as this one - and they are also quite expensive. BodyParts3D is based on MRI scans - you can read about their process here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatomography


I've uploaded the file to my Dropbox account with an Excel spreadsheet listing all the components. If anyone is interested in collaborating, I'll share the file, just send me a message letting me know how you could help. I'll re-share the model with contributors as it gets updated. 


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