Birds are kind of awesome. They can fly, they kill small rodents, and some of the bigger ones are just plain awe inspiring. (Looking at you Crowned Eagle.) Unfortunately, many of these more colorful and entertaining species of bird are also endangered because of habit destruction, climate change, pesticides, poaching, the exotic pet trade, and more. While conservation groups do as much as they can, efforts to raise awareness on these birds are always needed. Because public opinion and action can play key roles in whether or not the species will survive, two 3D oriented companies have come together to generate interest in a unique way.
Artec, a company specializing in the development of high end scanning equipment, has teamed up with Threeding.com to create 3D printable files of these birds. They do so by scanning taxidermied birds from scientific facilities, with the models then being placed on Threeding and being made available to the public. The goal of the project is to encourage awareness for the birds, and to provide a better way for the creatures to be displayed without the hunting and killing of real birds for collectable purposes. “It has been a privilege to work with Threeding.com these past few years and we’re excited to continue this partnership as the company ventures into animal preservation,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “The preservation of all animal species is of critical importance and relies heavily upon education. The portability and ease afforded to users of our handheld scanners and software suite is offering a means for students, scientists and conservationists alike to exchange information and work together in this effort.” If you are inclined you can also visit here to learn about what you can do to protect endangered birds in your area.