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Rettig, Oliver
10-13-2006, 12:44 AM

Ton van den Bogert ask me to post a follow up of the anwers to my question how to get human bones (skeleton) as .stl files free for publication uses.

Most detailed help I get from Serge VAN SINT JAN, Ph.D. (sintjans@ulb.ac.be) Associate Professor, Marie Curie Fellow
Department of Anatomy (CP 619), Université Libre de Bruxelles, the coordinator of the VAKHUM project.

After VAKHUM they produce a public dataset including a full skeleton:

>You can freely download it from:
>Then click on the 4th link ("ULB Virtual Human")
>You can display the data using a customized software called Data Manager (available from same
>link) or from
> http://www.tecno.ior.it/research/biomechcomp/projects/multimod/DataManager/dm_home.html
>Within Data Manager you can export the geometries to STL format.

The stl-files are very detailed. For my illustrations I have used the open source java software ArtOfIllusion (http://www.artofillusion.org) to produce smaller files and the open source raytracing tool povray (http://www.povray.org)to render the pictures.

Many thanks to all of you send me private data and hints about the "ULB Virtual Human" and how to use them.

Oliver Rettig