2. How to make your own models

All of our models are created using Blender, an open source 3D modeling tool, using a custom Emboss Plane plugin.  For those familiar with the Blender interface here are step-by-step instructions for making your own models. Step 1: Using real world units If you have set up your Startup File as outlined in the previous … Continue reading 2. How to make your own models

How our models are made

For all of our models we start with astronomical data take from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.  These data are transformed from their original file format (.fits) into something a bit more user friendly (.png).  During this conversion process we also apply a "stretch" to the data so the faintest features (e.g. spiral arms) and … Continue reading How our models are made