#ICanHaz3DModel (or, The Purple Hyoid)
None of the dozen study skeletons we have for teaching human osteology has a hyoid. I was lamenting this fact earlier in the week and considering scanning the crappy plastic hyoid we have from our articulated skeleton (affectionately dubbed Skeletor by the students in a nod to both He-Man and our governor). But I decided to try something new: put out a call on Twitter for a 3D model made from a real hyoid. Whenever I need a copy of an article that I can't get (or am too impatient to wait for interlibrary loan to send it to me), I try out the well-known hashtag #ICanHazPDF, and I've always gotten a quick response. So on Monday, I wrote:
You know what I need instead of #icanhazpdf? #icanhaz3Dprintablemodel. Anyone got a human hyoid or a coccyx?In under 15 minutes, I had a response from Tom O'Mahoney (@bones2bytes), a biological anthropologist at the University of Manchester. He offered to scan a human hyoid from their collection and send it to me within the week. Even better, he posted the .stl file on GitHub so anyone can download it:
— Kristina Killgrove (@DrKillgrove) January 13, 2014
After my convo with @DrKillgrove- here's a #3dscan of a hyoid for people to download! http://t.co/64gQMYVPAv #github #openaccess #anatomyI had a chance to print it out this afternoon:
— Tom O'Mahoney (@bones2bytes) January 16, 2014
|Immediately after printing|
|A touch wonky on the body, but I can|
take a scalpel to it.
Needless to say, I am cheesy excited this worked. In just a few days and for a few hours of two researchers' time, I am now able to give my students hyoid models to study in class this semester. I'd like to get a couple more hyoid scans, to show a range of variation. And I also need some coccyges... only one sacrum of the dozen study skeletons has a coccyx.
So, uhm, #ICanHaz3DModel of a coccyx?