An Empirical Study on 3D Artefacts in the Scientific Life Cycle

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Struß, J.M.: An Empirical Study on 3D Artefacts in the Scientific Life Cycle. - Hannover : Institutionelles Repositorium der Leibniz Universität Hannover, 2018. DOI:

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3D models, objects and data are being used in an increasing number of scientific disciplines throughout different points in the research life cycle. In addition to architecture, civil engineering and mechanical engineering – disciplines that traditionally plan and construct in three-dimensional space – they are also used in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology, physics and astronomy as well as in the conservation of cultural heritage. The types of models used differ considerably in the different disciplines. In addition to CAD models, there are for example formats such as point clouds resulting from laser scans, which are used to capture buildings or landscapes. In addition, there are simulations in which the temporal dimension also plays a role. Furthermore printable 3D models that allow the direct generation of a physical object are increasingly being created. The study presented here takes a closer look at the diversity of 3D artefacts, the point of their creation in the research lifecycle as well as the purpose these artefacts serve.
License of this version: CC BY 3.0 DE
Document Type: Report
Publishing status: publishedVersion
Issue Date: 2018
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1 image of flag of Germany Germany 171 79.53%
2 image of flag of United States United States 12 5.58%
3 image of flag of Austria Austria 7 3.26%
4 image of flag of China China 4 1.86%
5 image of flag of No geo information available No geo information available 3 1.40%
6 image of flag of Russian Federation Russian Federation 2 0.93%
7 image of flag of Netherlands Netherlands 2 0.93%
8 image of flag of France France 2 0.93%
9 image of flag of Turkey Turkey 1 0.47%
10 image of flag of Sweden Sweden 1 0.47%
    other countries 10 4.65%

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