3D is in! 3D movies and computer games are increasingly popular, but the technology can be used for more than just cool special effects – scientists can get a lot of information from a simulated 3D object. But it can be hard making these 3D objects. To help, Dr Chuong Nguyen from CSIRO is developing a simple system of capturing the shapes and colours of insects.
The first step is to take a lot of 2D photos of the insect. They are taken from lots of different angles, to capture as much detail as possible. A calibrating pattern is placed underneath the insect and is used to work out precisely where the camera was when each photo was taken. Read the full story