T-Rex #D model on a Voxon volumetric display

Sketchfab Launches Public Domain Dedication for 3D Cultural Heritage

With Sketchfab announcing that cultural organisations using Sketchfab can now dedicate their 3D scans and models to the Public Domain using the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0), we thought it may be interesting to see what some of these 3D models and scans would look like on our display.

This newly supported dedication allows museums and similar organisations to share their 3D data more openly, adding amazing 3D models to the Public Domain, many for the first time. This update also makes it even easier for 3D creators to download and reuse, re-imagine, and remix incredible ancient and modern artifacts, objects, and scenes.

Museums from around the world upload their 3D scans

Sketchfab made the announcement in collaboration with 27 cultural organisations from 13 different countries and no doubt there would be more museums keen to jump on board. From the Smithsonian to the Scottish Maritime museum, there are now a plethora of 3D artifacts that can be viewed and downloaded.

In just a couple of minutes you can display these models on the Voxon VX1.

First up… A Tyrannosaurus Rex skull.

Now, this model had been on Sketchfab for ages and was one of our favourites, so why not put it on our volumetric display and see what it looks like. This specimen is an artificial cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull on display at the Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, New York. Model by Emily Hauf.

MV Spartan

This scan of the MV Spartan was provided by the Scottish Maritime Museum.

MV Spartan was built in 1942 and is one of only two surviving Scottish-built ‘puffers’: a type of steam-powered cargo vessel first built during the 1850’s for use on the Clyde and Forth Canal. Now Spartan is on the Designated List of the National Historic Ships Committee and it was the first vessel in the museum’s collection when it was established in 1983.

The model was created as a part of ‘Scanning The Horizon’ 3D digitisation project.

Since this was point cloud data, we thought we would load this up onto our VX1 3D volumetric display as we now also have native support .PLY files.


Sometimes viewing 3D models on the VX1 can take only 1 minute. This is a 3D scan of a marble sculpture, Idyl by Stephan Sinding which resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. The scan was provided by @GeoffreyMarchal & uploaded to @Sketchfab  

Rosetta Stone

Uploaded by the British Museum, the Rosetta Stone was instrumental in the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics. It is part of grey and pink granodiorite stela bearing priestly decree concerning Ptolemy V in three blocks of text: Hieroglyphic (14 lines), Demotic (32 lines) and Greek (54 lines). The inscription is a decree passed by a council of priests, one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13 year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.

There’s now so many 3D scans and models of artifacts available, the Vx1 display now becomes an even more powerful tool for any school / university or museum…

3D Rosetta Stone

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