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can scientific visualization(volume rendering) be used for art?

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Hi people, I’m wondering if scientific visualization (volume rendering) can be used for art. And by art I mean sculpture (modeling). Is there any software has already used this technique to facilitate art creation? Is zbrush a volume rendering ware? And what is voxel and does it mean volume rendering? Thank you.

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Yes, this is absolutely applicable to art.

Once the volume data has been converted to a mesh using something like Marching Cubes, it can be sent in STereo Lithography (STL) format to a rapid prototyper to have it cast into a number of materials (including metal).

A voxel is like a pixel in a 2D texture, but in 3D. It is analagous to volume data / volume rendering.

I don't know about zbrush.

If you're looking for software that takes volume data and converts it into a mesh, I have some that I wrote up. If you want the source, let me know.

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