Thread: 3D printing and AR: EGU2020 session EOS4.3 and special journal issue

Started: 2020-01-08 17:51:51
Last activity: 2020-01-08 17:51:51
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Dear colleagues,

If you are interested in 3D printing / AR / VR, whether this is for research purposes, outreach or teaching, please read on!

1) EGU session

Please consider submitting an abstract to our session EOS4.3 at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna (3-8th May 2020):

EOS4.3: 3D toys in Earth Science: 3D-printing, AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) for outreach and pedagogy

3D representation technology is a fast developing field, made possible by progress in computing and reflected by the gaming and video industries. Notably, 3D-printing provides a cost-effective and tactile way to illustrate research concepts, while Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) allow to grasp complex processes and geometries using common smartphones or handheld devices. Using these technologies, 3-dimensional objects and datasets are developed that are well suited for outreach, teaching and wider public engagement.

The design of 3D models of the Earth on different scales based on photogrammetry, mapping and imagery, modelling and inverse modelling is a challenging task. Before 3D data sets (physically real or virtual) can be explored in outreach activities or teaching settings, several steps have to be taken which all come with their own issues: how to export data into the objects formats used in the 3D engineering community; how to feed objects into software to allow 3D-printing; how to manipulate virtual objects easily using handheld devices.

We welcome contributions that are focused on technical aspects of real or virtual realisations, as well as their use in pedagogy, outreach or public communication of Earth Sciences research topics.

Submit your abstracts here before the abstract deadline of 15th January 2020 (13:00 CET):

Note that submitting to EOS programme sessions does not count towards the one-regular-abstract-rule; you can thus still also submit an abstract to other programme group sessions.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the session.

2) Special journal issue

A special research topic on 3D printing in geology and geophysics is now open for submission in Frontiers in Earth Sciences (Solid Earth Geophysics, Structural Geology & Tectonics, Volcanology):

3D Printing in Geology and Geophysics: A New World of Opportunities in Research, Outreach, and Education

We invite anyone who is using 3D printing methodologies for research, teaching and / or outreach to have a look at the Research Topic page:

The aim is for the journal issue to be accompanied by a database with 3D printable models, that can be readily accessed and used for outreach and education.
Please get in touch if you have any questions related to the special issue.

Best wishes,

Paula Koelemeijer

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