3D Printing Connection

Hi Todd,

Here is a 3D model of a comet provided by the European Space Agency:


I heard about this application on today’s Stardate on NPR:


The piece explained the science applications well:

"It offers advantages for science as well. Astronomers can build 3D models of comets, dying stars, magnetic fields, and other things that are normally seen only in two dimensions. That helps them understand how such objects form and evolve."

Also, at First Friday, I met Issac Merkle, creative director at KnoxMakers.org.

They were demonstrating their 3D printing tech.

I asked if they had experience with 3D scanning.

Issac in particular does.

I asked if they might be interested in a demonstration project / collaboration.

They do not have the highest resolution 3D scanner (or printer, for that matter), but it might be a worthwhile demonstration / pool of labor to get some 3D digitization to provide a "proof of concept" for a potential "Kickstarter" or other crowd-funded acquisition of a hi-res 3D scanner.

Perhaps this is something to talk about on the Dec 10 call?


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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