by Bernard K. Means
As I noted here in an earlier post, the Virtual Curation Laboratory and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) students contributed to two new exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). For both the Ice Age and Exploring Virginia exhibits, we provided 3D printed models, and for the latter, my VCU students also contributed content. While at the opening of the Ice Age exhibit, I worked with Jeremy Barker of Mercer University (who also contributed significantly to 3D printing for the Ice Age exhibit) to create 3D models of portions of the exhibit. These include a dog burial that is part of the Exhibiting Virginia exhibit–which was cast by VMNH’s Ray Vodden and not 3D printed–and the Ice Age exhibit scene of a saber-tooth cat attacking a musk ox. The musk ox is largely a 3D printed creature, while the saber-tooth cat is another cast. Below are 3D animations of the models we created.