Dr. Scott Camazine has a lifelong fascination with the cycle of life and death.
The author of two nature books, The Naturalist's Year and Velvet Mites and Silken Webs, he's also the co-author of a technical book, Self-Organization in Biological Systems.
A graduate of Harvard College with an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, Camazine also holds a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from Cornell University. He works part-time as a physician, and devotes the major share of his time to his wife and children, art projects like woodturning, 3D printing and illustration, and his explorations of the natural world.
But his "pet" project, as it were, sees Camazine use a CT scanner to make detailed scans of animal skulls which he uses to create 3D prints.
"The goal of my project is to create a collection of sculptures of animal skulls," Camazine said. "In effect, a skeletal zoo. Each sculpture will be based on a CT scan taken from an actual specimen. The sculptures will be printed using 3D printing technology. Prints can be made in acrylic plastic, stainless steel, bronze, and silver."
To that end, Camazine has scanned and printing a stunning array of animals, and he says his interest in preserving animals dates back to his childhood. It was then that the young Camazine began using lost-wax casting to re-create fish bones and fetal pigs.
But it was his discovery of the 3D printing process which put the cutting edge to his quest.
"As a medical doctor and biologist, I realized I could make scientifically accurate sculptures from CT scans," Camazine said. "CT scans are the x-ray vision that allows us to peer into our bodies. They provide an exquisitely accurate rendering of skeletal structures."
Camazine said his interest allows him a creative outlet which combines his passions – both as a naturalist and an artist.