Do you remember this group called Band of Skulls? It’s probably the favorite band of medical doctor and biologist Scott Camazine, because he’s started a giant project about sculptures of animal skulls, called From Nature to Art. The sculptures are based upon CT scans taken from an actual specimen and are printed with a 3D printer.
The big question is: why?Well, here’s why: the biologist wants to create a collection of animal skulls that accurately reflect the complex structures of nature. He’s been a big fan of nature and animals since he was a little child. Because Camazine is now a doctor and biologist, he’s able to combine this passion with his knowledge in 3D printing, medicine and computer techniques in order to show the world how beautiful nature can be.
The great thing about using CT scans is that they show you a very accurate reproduction of skeletal structures. The images are transferred to digital files for 3D printing and the biologist uses radiology as well als computer modeling software for the process. He does it to create an entire collection of sculptures of different animal skulls. In addition, it’s his goal to make this digital files free downloadable for people in the non-commercial field, like students, biologists and artists.
Right now Camazine is looking for support on Kickstarter. His sculptures will be 3D printed in acrylic plastic, stainless steel, bronze and silver. The money he earns with the sculptures goes to a 3D printing company responsible for fabricating the skulls. However, the biologist keeps hope that it will also give him the possibility of processing, printing, promoting and distributing the sculptures of dozens of different animals to a wide audience.