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Looking for animated animal models for neuroscience research project
show user profile  Narameh
Dear all,

Let me start by saying that I am a neuroscientist (in training, internship), and thus am new to all the actual 3D work. I am building a virtual representation of my lab room, and will be conducting my experiment in this environment using a head mounted display. A friend of mine helped me create the actual room and an avatar in 3D max and import these into Unity. The only thing I now need, and this is way to hard for an absolute noob to do in the time I have, are animated models of certain animals that can walk over a table top. I don't need fully animated models, just ones I can get to walk believably. I need 3 or 4 scary animals, like snakes/tarantula's/scorpions etc, and 3 or 4 cute animals, like kittens, puppies, penguins, squirrels, rabbits, guinea pigs etc etc. My supervisor has some small funds available so it's okay if we have to invest a small sum to get these models.

Could anyone give me any help at all in locating persons, websites or other sources to get these models? I've been trying on my own, but I don't really get anywhere. People either offer me illegal rips from computer games, which I can't use because of the university rules, or the models are insanely expensive (+200 dollars for one animal) or the models are not unity compatible. I'd be insanely grateful, I can't get on with my project without these...

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2/3/2011 11:12:36 AM (last edit: 2/3/2011 11:12:36 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
In the first instance, have a look on turbosquid for something pre-made that might be suitable.

Second option : contact university comp. graphics dept. and collaborate with one of their lecturers/students.
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2/3/2011 11:29:53 AM (last edit: 2/3/2011 11:39:19 AM)
show user profile  Jock
Have you had a good look round turbosquid.

You usually get what you pay for over there but there but you may find something half decent in your price range if you hunt around.
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2/3/2011 11:31:23 AM (last edit: 2/3/2011 11:31:23 AM)
show user profile  Narameh
Thanks, I'll have a look around there. Any other suggestions remain welcome though :).
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2/3/2011 11:46:21 AM (last edit: 2/3/2011 11:46:21 AM)
show user profile  Jock
All i could really suggest is to try all the other 3D stock sites as theres a lot more than Turbosquid, they just happen to be the biggest and most popular.

Thing is theres a fair bit of work in creating an animated animal model so I dont think youre going to find much in the way of 'legitimate' free sources. Which therefore just leaves you with 3D stock sites.
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2/3/2011 3:56:26 PM (last edit: 2/3/2011 3:56:26 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Yeah, I can imagine it's going to be tough to find 4 to 8, textured and animated animals for a low-end price budget. As Jock said, each such model will take a number of hours/days to create, and time is money.

Good luck to you however. Try hunt down 3d stock sites, or get in touch with the graphic design department of your university - I'm sure someone locally might be able to help you out!
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2/3/2011 3:59:47 PM (last edit: 2/3/2011 3:59:47 PM)
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