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Project Shellter - Oxystele

3D model description

UPDATE 2011-12-13 07:23

Kylie Karshellian adopted a print of this shell today! See it happen here with annotations and music:

UPDATE 2011-12-07 21:35

Kendall Karshellian adopted a print of this shell today! See it happen here:

UPDATE 2011-12-04 19:11

The original oxystele.stl had spiral holes in it. After running it through the holes are gone. If you downloaded the file before, please re-download it.

Another one of M. B. Cortie's greatest hits!

Modeled on the shell of the Oxystele sinensis sea snail,, will Coenobita clypeatus - "Purple Pincher" - hermit crabs like this? Only experimentation will tell!

It was created using Maya's shellNode plugin, which is based upon Cortie's model, and thickened using Blender's Solidify modifier

The goal is a workflow using open source tools, but this shell surface required a commercial tool.

Cortie's model and many of its resultant shells have been written in Maple Porting them to an open source tool such as Sage or Blender is the last step in creating a complete open source workflow.

Any python ninjas up to the task‽

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  • 3D model format: STL



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