Herpetology w/Ed Stanley

Ed Stanley is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Florida and the California Academy of Science. To the pleasure of many, Ed is far from being a stuffy academic. His work in herpetology (reptiles & amphibians) is quite extensive with openly shared collections on both his personal website at http://www.edwardstanley.weebly.com and at http://morphosource.org/

How in the world do I know this guy?

He is a CT scan beast of course! I first met Ed at a CT conference some time ago, seemed a bit of the usual eccentric Scotsman, little did I know at the time from our friendly engagement, that he had such a wonderful collection of data. At that conference, he was all about getting some VGStudio MAX tips from me – so we did a short hallway session on my laptop at one of the buffet tables – talk about spontaneous!

Recently I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ed was a presenter at the 6th annual users group meeting hosted by Volume Graphics in Heidelberg Germany. His presentation rocked and therefore this article. Following is a sample set of CT data from Ed, visualized in VGStudio MAX and then published on SketchFab – yes, you can zoom pan/rotate the skull below… it is after all, real 3D data!

CT or Computed Tomography is an x-ray technique that produces three dimensional volume data, e.g. the outside and the inside of scanned objects. The application in forensics/paleontology are endless with numerous academic, research and museum institutions cataloging the ancient to the present world around us with CT. Here is a video from Ed…


I work for Volume Graphics Inc. and spend much of my time with industrial data, but the area of interest that Ed presents really get me going. Volume Graphics produces software that reconstructs CT data into usable volumes, segments multi-material objects, performs a number of analyses, performs metrology/measurements, visualize/animate anything you can get into the window and outputs to a 3D printable format.

Here is another of Ed’s models… again, they are freely distributed – if interested, you can download the mesh models for 3D printing or the actual CT data for visualization in an application like myVGL or VGStudio MAX from Volume Graphics.

Many thanks to Ed Stanley both for his fine work, the sharing of his passion, his presentation at UGM 2016 and a pretty good dinner companion/conversationalist!

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