The Hydrous creates high resolution 3D models of corals for research and visualization. Using just a camera and software, we produce accurate, interactive 3D models that are easy to view.
These models are representations of living corals, made by stitching together underwater photographs. This method allows us to measure and share coral reefs in a compelling and non-destructive way. The Hydrous is currently experimenting with printing in materials to assist research into coral reef recruitment and restoration.
Digitization of Museum collections
We are currently assisting curators at the California Academy of Sciences to digitize their collection of scleractinian coral skeletons to produce both virtual and real 3D models for use in educational programs. Look out for updates here!
These bronze coral sculptures are the first of their kind in the world. We non-invasively modeled a living coral underwater and combined modern 3D printing techniques with old-world, traditional bronze casting methods.