Smithsonian Open Access - access 3 million 2D and 3D stuff for free

This sounds amazing. No need to worry about copyright and asking permission. It’s all free.

Smithsonian Open Access | Smithsonian Institution (si.edu)

Warning. The 3D files are huge and a .ply format?

After downloading one ply file that is 94mb and then 7zipped it, the size became 11mb. Saving it as a blend makes it 30 mb and 11mb 7zipped. Smithsonians should have made a script that zipped all these files instead of raw download.

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Alright. You can import ply in blender, no problem. However the vertices are not merged. You have to do it yourself.

Thanks for sharing. I had a quick look. Do they only have bones and teeth, or also other types of meshes?

There are a few statues. Searching for obj gives this : https://www.si.edu/search/3d-models?edan_q=obj

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