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Blender in Science: Carbon Fiber Melt Spinning Animation


Michelle Lehman writes:

I have always identified as a creative individual; however, I initially struggled to discover an academic path in the arts that also aligned with my academic interests in the science. My most formative experience occurred during my junior year of undergraduate college, when I participated in an introductory course covering the basics of 3D computer animation in Blender. I soon realized the immense potential within this medium to more effectively tailor the communication of complex information in the sciences to specific audiences.

Fast forward two years: I now animate for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of seventeen national labs sponsored by the US Department of Energy. The lab recently released one of my short animations, which covers the production of continuous carbon fiber precursor material via the melt spinning process. Take a look at the video to learn more!

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Michelle Lehman

I am an animator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national labs. By working within a niche that intersects 3D computer graphics with science, I am able to elevate my strengths as an analytical and creative thinker to help scientists tell their stories.

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