The dragon consists of data describing 871,414 triangles[note 1] determined by 3D scanning a real figurine. The data set is often used to test various graphics algorithms, including polygonal simplification, compression, and surface smoothing. It first appeared in 1996.
The model is available in different file formats (.ply, vrml, vl, ...) on the Internet for free.
- Although the Stanford web page says that it has 1,132,830 triangles, the actual face count is 871,414 in the .ply file.
- Zomorodian, Afra J. (2005-01-10). Topology for Computing. Cambridge University Press. p. 3. ISBN 9781139442633.
- Kumar, Vipin; Gavrilova, Marina L.; Tan, C. J. Kenneth; L'Ecuyer, Pierre (2003-08-03). Computational Science and Its Applications - ICCSA 2003: International Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 18-21, 2003, Proceedings. Springer. p. 290. ISBN 9783540448426.
- The Stanford 3D Scanning Repository provides the Stanford dragon model for download
- Large Geometric Models Archive at Georgia Tech provides the Stanford dragon model for download in standard file formats
- MrBluesummers.com 3dsMax Resources Download the Stanford dragon model in OBJ format. (more common than .PLY)
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