Figuring out the clear morphological characteristics are still considered highly important in the taxonomy even though molecular studies based on various markers are getting more important to understand the taxonomic status of each species. I believe 3D manual modeling can be a very useful method when it can be properly provided with 2D scientific drawings or photographs to clarify and show the external features of each species well. Furthermore, it is relatively much more cost-effective and accessible than expensive 3D scanning. It is also can be freely sent as a 3D file format and printed out so it will be suitable for non-face-to-face study
L: 3D model of Dcatria templaris (made by MDong)
To overcome the limitation of the manual 3d modelings what I've mentioned above, photogrammetry can be a good alternative method. This is a good way to actually bring the habitus or habitats of each species to the virtual reality.
R: 3D model of longhorn beetle (made by MDong)
1. Impression fossil excavated from Pohang
2. Impression fossil excavated from Jinju
3. Line drawing of impression fossil