Stanford dragon

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A physical reproduction of the dragon made with a rapid prototyping machine
Computer-generated render of the Stanford dragon

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 data for the model were produced in 1996.

The dragon consists of data describing 871,414 triangles[note 1][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,[2] similar to the Stanford bunny (1993).

The model is available in different file formats (.ply, vrml, vl, etc.) on the internet for free.

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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.


  1. ^ Zomorodian, Afra J. (2005-01-10). Topology for Computing. Cambridge University Press. p. 3. ISBN 9781139442633.
  2. ^ Kumar, Vipin; Gavrilova, Marina L.; Tan, C. J. Kenneth; L'Ecuyer, Pierre (2003-08-03). Computational Science and Its Applications - ICCSA 2003: International Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 18-21, 2003, Proceedings. Springer. p. 290. ISBN 9783540448426.

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