As dissection is becoming more difficult to carry out due to a lack of donors and resources, other methods of study must be created for students. This website contains 3D images of a range of animalskulls to enhance learning and research. All of the skulls on this website can be found in the Anatomical Museum at the University of Edinburgh.
What is 3D scanning?
The Einscan Pro scanner projects a flashing light onto the object and cameras capture images of the surface. Using triangulation, a computer programme works out where the points are in space and creates a 3D replication of the object which can be edited and cleaned up. Structured light 3D scanning should be used when contact with the object would deteriorate its surface. In this case it was effective as the skulls are fragile and need to be preserved.