Stanford dragon

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A reproduction of the dragon made with a rapid prototyping machine

The Stanford dragon is a computer graphics 3D test model created with a Cyberware 3030 Model Shop (MS) Color 3D Scanner at Stanford University.

The dragon consists of data describing 871,414 triangles[note 1] determined by 3D scanning a real figurine. The data set is often used to test various graphics algorithms; including polygonal simplification, compression, and surface smoothing. It first appeared in 1996.

The model is available in different file formats (.ply, vrml, vl, ...) on the web for free (see external link).

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  1. ^ Although the Stanford web page says that it has 1,132,830 triangles, the actual face count is 871,414 in the .ply file.

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