Digital Life aims to preserve the heritage of life on Earth through creating and sharing high-quality and accurate 3D models of living organisms. We aim to spur scientific discovery, support wildlife conservation and create educational opportunities.
Digital Life is a non-profit initiative within the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that creates digital 3D models of living organisms to support wildlife conservation, science and education. We partner with scientists, zoos, and NGOs to ethically gain access to a wide array of animals for 3D scanning, including endangered species. We are also a cost-center (also known as a fee-based account). This means that we can create models for you or your organization (either for-profit or non-profit) for a fee (Please see the “Work with us” page to learn more).
Utilizing the Beastcam™ technology, as well as other photography, video, scanning, and software techniques, ,our team of photographers, engineers, modelers and scientists can create accurate, high-quality 3D models of most animals.
Our team is composed of a director, an advisory Committee, and several animators. If you are using the fee-based account system, you may work with any combination of them, as well as PhD students from the Irschick lab.
Andy Danylchuk - Advisory Committee
Professor, UMASS Amherst
Co-Founder, Fish Navy Films
Ambassador, Patagonia Inc.
National Fellow, The Explorers Club
Neil Hammerschlag - Advisory Committee
Professor, University of Miami
Founder, Shark Research & Conservation Program
Johnson Martin - 3D Artist
Jer Bot - 3D artist
Robert Gutierrez - 3D artist
Nicholas Dibello - 3D Artist
The Beastcam™ technology is a multi-camera 3D modelling platform that can rapidly capture 3D models of everyday objects, including living animals. The Beastcam™ systems provide high-resolution scanning, combined with speed and portability. Our team also uses a variety of other imaging techniques to create our 3D models as well.