The greater majority of Blender users focus on the modeling and animation aspects of Blender. And with good reason. Blender has steadily grown and improved its toolset over the years, giving both hobbyists and professionals alike a powerful 3D program.
Not surprisingly, Blender's growth has alos drawn a new user base from the scientific community. This year alone the annual Blender Conference saw a number of exciting/educational presentations. Several factors make Blender ideal for scientific projects.
As much as we would all like to pretend otherwise, cost is a factor. Since Blender is free, precious research funds can remain focused on the research itself.
Blender provides an excellent tool set for producing simulations, visualizations and walkthroughs, as well as educational videos based on the various research projects.
The open nature of Blender, as well as the ease of creating python add-ons allows for complete customization of Blender to the needs of the project (e.g. Bio-Blender).
Community support is a huge draw for many new users, and in my opinión, one of the greatest advantages to choosing Blender. The Blender community has always excelled at helping new and existing users solve prob-lems.
Fast development alos makes Blender an attractive option. It is not an uncommon occur-rence to notice a bug/problem and seemingly overnight the solution has been coded and uploaded. Many times, I no sooner think, "Gee, "X" feature would be so helpful". Then I go to research if there is a work around, only to discover that someone has anticipated my wish and it is already coded. Now that is "CUSTOMER SERVICE".
As you might have guessed, in this issue we delve "Under the Microscope" as we exploresome of the exciting ways Blender is being used to further education and research. So grab a hot beverage of choice and settle in for an enlightening experience.
Gaurav Nawani

Sandra Gilbert

Nam Pham

Gaurav, Sandra, Alex

Brian C. Treacy
Bruce Westfall
Daniel Hand
Daniel Mate
Gaurav Nawani
Henriël Veldtmann
Joshua Leung
Joshua Scotton
Kevin Braun
Marque Warren
Noah Summers
Patrik ODonnell
Ronan Posnic
Scott Hill
Wade Bick

Paulo Twain
Peter Rabel
Shane Newville
Roger Wickes
Vilda Novak

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