On 8 February 2012 10:10, Leinonen Teemu <teemu.leinonen(a)aalto.fi> wrote:
Has there been any attempt to start a Wikimedia
project focusing on free 3D models?
I think, right now it would be the right timing for it. The prices of 3D printers and
other computer controlled machines are coming down  and there are growing network of
FabLabs around the world providing access for public to design and fabricate their own
I have contacts to the European Fablab folks and we probably could start with them a
project on an Incubator.
Fabbing isn't the primary thing I'm interested in. I think far more
interesting for Wikipedia is now that WebGL exists, we could tie 3D
models into Wikipedia articles. It'd have ridiculous educational
value: just imagine, you want to see how big a dinosaur is? Well, you
get a 3D model of Wembley stadium from the relevant Wikipedia article,
add it to your 3D objects 'shelf' (like bookmarks) and then click over
to the T. Rex article, get a 3D model of one of those, and drop fifty
of them into a stadium (preferably when $LOCAL_SPORTS_FRANCHISE's
rival is playing, amirite?) to see relative size.
I'm wondering whether 3D Wikipedia would be possible: some kind of
presets. Then the ability to load models from Commons. I don't know
enough about file formats and licensing and so on, but, this could be
really exciting if it is possible.