The Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) is a 26-acre outdoor human decomposition research laboratory at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch that is used to conduct studies related to forensic taphonomy. Also located on Freeman Ranch is the Osteology Research and Processing Laboratory that includes cold storage, radiography and photographic stations, and a skeletal processing suite. Anthropologists, archaeologists, odontologists, botanists, entomologists, chemists, and others in disciplines that study human decomposition can propose to conduct research at FARF. Please contact Dr. Daniel Wescott if you are interested in conducting research at FARF.
FACTS has acquired a NSI X5000 micro-CT system that is available for researchers conducting nondestructive 2D and 3D internal and external imaging. The cost is $100/hour for academic use. The hourly rate applies to mounting the specimen, calibrating and optimizing the scanner, image data acquisition, and image processing. Please send inquiries for digital radiography and computed tomography to Daniel Wescott or Deborah Cunningham. In some cases we may have images of the donated skeletal collection that can be obtained for research.
FACTS has a Projet 660 Pro 3D printer that can be used by researchers to print 3D color models as large as 254 X 381 X 203 mm (10 X 15 X 8 in) with 600 X 540 dpi resolutions. Contact Daniel Wescott for requests and pricing.
FACTS has a Breuckmann smartScan3D-HE that can be used for high resoultion 3D data acquisition and digital measurement. The data set can be saved in various formats for further processing.
The NextEngine scanner allows for the digitization of 3D objects to 100 micron precision.