We've printed over 1000 3D model blacktip sharks to give to students. We've donated to schools and have used during our FREE shark education days in South Florida. We have even more to donate this year! Giving students a shark they can paint and take home keeps the conversation going! It gives them something to show their friends and family!
Check below to learn more about how the models are created, donate a shark for a student ( or class) and see our programs in action!
Thanks to everyone who has already donated!
Digital Life is a non-profit initiative within the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that creates digital 3D models of living organisms to support wildlife conservation, science and education. We partner with scientists, zoos, and NGOs to ethically gain access to a wide array of animals for 3D scanning, including endangered species. Utilizing the Beastcam™ technology, as well as other photography, video, scanning, and software techniques, our team of photographers, engineers, modelers and scientists can create accurate, high-quality 3D models of most animals. As part of our mission, we have also created the Paintimals education program, which provides middle-school kids with the opportunity to paint 3D printed animals, and thereby learn about animal colors and shapes. UMASS PhD student Abby Vander Linden and undergraduate Abigail Elliott are leading this effort along with PI Duncan Irschick.