SME, in connection with its RAPID + TCT 3D technology event, worked with FARO Technologies Inc, Direct Dimensions Inc, and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. This scan will be used to create 3D-printed miniature replicas of the bridge, to be used as puzzle pieces at the RAPID + TCT event May 9-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

“RAPID + TCT 2017 showcases the latest growth and advancements in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry,” said Maria Conrado, SME event manager, RAPID + TCT. “The manufacturing industry is important to Pittsburgh, and it is exciting that we are using additive technology to reproduce 3D models of a special landmark in this city.”

FARO Technologies Inc. conducted the complete scan of the bridge resulting in a 3D point cloud. Direct Dimensions will be converting the raw laser scan data into a 3D CAD model of the bridge. This digital model will then be in the proper format needed to make the 3D-printed physical models, which will be featured at the RAPID + TCT event in May.

“3D scanning technologies allow physical objects to be captured and transformed into 3D digital models with incredible detail,” said Michelle Edwards, applications engineering manager, FARO Technologies. “Scanning something as recognizable as the Roberto Clemente Bridge can spark many conversations. People have never seen this bridge as a 3D point cloud. Once they see that, they begin to question their own processes. That's how innovation happens.”

Sandra DeVincent Wolf, executive director of the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, participated in the event and noted that it symbolizes both the region’s deep history in manufacturing and its current position as a hub for 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies.

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Creaform announced the latest generation of its automated inspection solution, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series, which features drastically improved cycle times to further support industrial production control.

With seven built-in laser crosses, the system can now pick up to 480,000 measurements/second on complex surfaces with high reflectivity, providing faster data acquisition than ever before. Attuned to the needs and requirements of high-volume manufacturing operations, the robot-mounted optical-based 3D scanners seamlessly integrate within any working environments and without impeding the production workflow.

“By extending our optical-based 3D scanning technology to automated quality control processes, Creaform meets the market’s call for turnkey inspection solutions that can be seamlessly integrated right into the manufacturing stage,” explained Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “Along with enhanced shop-floor performance, the new MetraSCAN 3D R-Series enhancements capitalize on several application-oriented key features, such as an optimized robot reach to enable fast measurements of large parts with complex geometries. Its small shop-floor footprint and shop-floor-ready accessories provide easy control of the scanner parameters for maximum operator safety. Along with TRUaccuracy, it is also compatible with a turntable. This advancement in automated 3D metrology is a big step forward in informed manufacturing and production, and underscores Creaform’s core values: versatility, flexibility and ease of use.”

In addition to its rugged new design, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series also features new glass-protected positioning targets that can withstand harsh environmental conditions and ensure overall improved durability in shop-floor environments, such as airborne dust or dirt, that could impact product lifecycle and require unnecessary and repetitive calibrations.

The MetraSCAN 3D R-Series is now available for ordering.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/robot-mounted-optical-cmm-scanners-metrascan-r

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LMI Technologies is pleased to announce the official launch of the HDI Advance R4x 3D scanner. Designed for industrial metrology customers who need a versatile measuring solution, the HDI Advance R4x is a high-precision scanner that quickly generates 3D models and offers unmatched flexibility for scanner setup.

The HDI Advance R4x's new industrial design and improved performance make it the ideal scanner for the industrial metrology market. Compared to the R3x, the R4x's accuracy has been increased by 20% with higher resolution cameras and projector.

Notable features include a highly stable carbon-fibre bar for mounting cameras (and DLSR) that allows customers to use the scanner over extended periods of time without the need for recalibration; the ability to set the cameras at fixed positions and angles and scan objects with various fields of view and measurement ranges using the same scanner; and a high end scanning engine (FlexScan3D) that automatically aligns scans, edits 3D models, exports the 3D models into various industry formats and automates the user's processing workflow through a powerful and easy-to-use scripting environment.

“With the HDI R4x we’ve delivered a more accurate and flexible scanner for industrial metrology applications like automotive and aerospace parts inspection, including wear and tear analysis for mechanical parts such as pumps and valves, and reverse engineering for CAD model reconstruction” said Chi Ho Ng, Director Product Management at LMI Technologies.

The release includes an update to the HDI's FlexScan3D software to version 3.3.5 to fully support the HDI Advance R4x higher resolution cameras and projector. Also, all Nikon models and Canon EOS Rebel Tx family DSLR cameras for color texture are now fully supported in FlexScan3D 3.3.5.

For more information, visit: www.lmitechnologies.com/products/hdi-advance

Published in LMI Technologies

FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry, brought 3D scanning technology to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago last week.

Exact Metrology, a 3D scanning solutions company, used its Surphaser technology – known for its high accuracy and scan data quality – to 3D scan the museum’s nine-foot tall south guardian lion, sculpted by Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907). The iconic guardian lions have flanked the Art Institute’s Michigan Avenue entrance for more than 100 years and have become a symbol of the museum and city.

“At FABTECH we explore new and innovative technology, and 3D printing is just one example that is driving major change for manufacturers of all types. What better way to celebrate the future of the industry than showcasing this amazing technology in such a special place,” said John Catalano, co-show manager, FABTECH. “Manufacturing is critical to our country, our economy and our future. It’s an exciting time to be involved in this field as new technologies, processes and opportunities are truly changing how the industry operates.”

During the event, attendees witnessed the scanning technology firsthand and heard from industry leaders about the process and benefits of 3D scanning and printing. Ed Youdell, president and CEO (FMA), FABTECH; Dean Solberg, vice president, Exact Metrology; and Carl Dekker, president, Met-L-Flo, Inc., also discussed some of the advanced manufacturing technologies that will be showcased at FABTECH 2015, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Nov. 9-12.

With the scanning portion of the project complete, Met-L-Flo, Inc. will use scan data to print 300 small-scale replicas of the lion, which will be on display and used as giveaways at FABTECH.

For more information, visit: www.fabtechexpo.com

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Artec 3D, a developer and manufacturer of professional 3D software and hardware, announced the launch of its latest professional-grade handheld 3D scanner, the Space Spider. The new high-resolution scanner is the first important upgrade of the Spider scanner, named best hardware at this year’s Solidworks World, since its launch in 2013. Space Spider was inspired by the space industry; it is equipped with an enhanced cooling system that allows it to operate at a constant temperature throughout the entire scanning process, guaranteeing maximum accuracy and a better user experience.

The Space Spider’s advanced cooling system keeps it from becoming overheated, a common problem for electronics in space stations, but also on Earth, especially in hot geographic areas, industrial laboratories, and other places with important variations in temperature. The heat buildup can cause a number of operating problems and safety concerns. However, Artec 3D’s Space Spider design resolves this problem, eliminating the need for human intervention to prevent overheating.

“Imagine the potential of using 3D scanning technology on the international space station paired with a 3D printer,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “The Space Spider boasts an enhanced cooling system that allows the user to capture accurate 3D data more rapidly. This handheld scanner can endure some of the most difficult situations on Earth and has been engineered to perform in nearly zero-gravity environments when called upon.”

Using blue LED lights, the Space Spider can precisely scan a variety of objects of all sizes, even those with sharp edges, moving parts or textured surfaces, in high resolution. It captures objects with an accuracy of up to 50 microns and resolution of up to 100 microns, making it ideal for CAD as well as reverse engineering and additive manufacturing. The scanner is delivered ready to use and requires no recalibration.

Space Spider retails for $27,600 and will be sold alongside Artec 3D’s two other high-quality handheld scanners, the Artec Spider and Artec Eva.

For more information, visit: www.artec3d.com/hardware/artec-spider

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Steve Kersen of NVision Inc. is pleased that Americans are being moved by the movie “American Sniper,” which tells the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who, with 160 confirmed kills, is recognized as America’s most successful sniper. Prior to the film, NVision participated in honoring the soldier by assisting in the creation of a life size statue of Kyle.

Kyle, portrayed in the Clint Eastwood-directed movie by actor Bradley Cooper, served four tours of duty in Iraq and received numerous medals and commendations for his combat service before his tragic shooting death at the hands of a fellow veteran in 2013.

Two years ago, before production on the Eastwood film began, NVision volunteered its 3D laser-scanning services to Sarasota, FL sculptor Greg Marra, who was at the time creating a life-size sculpture of Kyle in order to pay tribute to Kyle’s service as well as that of all members of the military. As part of the sculpture project, Marra had contacted NVision to help him create an exact replica of the rifle that Kyle used while in the military. “We were more than happy to volunteer our services to help Mr. Marra create this tribute to a fallen American hero,” says Kersen, NVision’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

After Kyle’s widow Taya granted NVision permission to use her husband’s rifle for the project, company technicians went to work scanning the gun and collecting all the essential data on the rifle’s geometry, its precise shape and size - every dimension necessary to create an exact duplicate of the weapon.

The technicians utlilized NVision’s own HandHeld 3D laser scanner, which is both accurate and fast – able to obtain dimensions from objects of almost any size and shape while capturing 60,000 measurements per second.

“I can only say that it was an extremely moving experience to be touching and holding the very rifle that had saved so many American lives in Iraq,” says Kersen. “Kyle’s weapon is a valuable personal and historical artifact, and we made sure it was treated with the utmost care while it was in our possession.”

After about two hours of scanning, NVision technicians had captured all the intricate details of the gun’s geometry. A 3D computer model was then created and used to make a replica of the gun to be placed with Marra’s statue of Kyle.

Subsequently NVision scanned the entire bronze statue so that a digital version of it could be archived and replicated in the future.

Says Kersen: “After the scanning was completed, I had the privilege of speaking with Kyle’s widow and she thanked us for our participation in the statue project. Now, with the immediate success of ‘American Sniper,’ I hope she realizes the appreciation and gratitude this country holds for the services rendered by her late husband and all his fellow service members.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

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Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, announced the launch of SCANIFY, a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner built to enable consumers and professionals to 3D scan objects in high-resolution shape and color in under a second.

SCANIFY is designed for a range of 3D applications, such as 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art and animation. Without the ability to transform real-world objects into high-quality 3D models quickly and cost effectively, consumers cannot fully realize the potential of 3D printing. SCANIFY puts the power of 3D creation directly into consumers’ hands.

“When we set out to create SCANIFY, our goal was to democratize the 3D movement for consumers and, in particular, to allow for the personalization of their creations,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “SCANIFY allows consumers to transform highly-complex subjects – such as the human face – into high-detail, full-color 3D scans as quickly as they could take a photo using a digital camera.”

Since generating worldwide attention through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, Fuel3D has secured millions in private investment and signed retail and distribution partners across the world in preparation for the launch of SCANIFY. Based on technology developed at Oxford University, SCANIFY breaks down the cost and technical barriers that have limited consumer adoption of 3D scanning and printing.

SCANIFY is groundbreaking in three key ways:

  • Speed: SCANIFY combines pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture a 3D image in a tenth of a second. This rapid speed of capture gives SCANIFY a unique ability to scan subjects that may move during capture.

  • Ease of Use: SCANIFY mimics the intuitive point-and-shoot technology of digital cameras while delivering fast, high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications.

  • Affordability: Able to capture color detail down to 350 microns (0.35mm), and priced at $1,490.00 (excluding tax), SCANIFY is less than one tenth the cost of professional handheld 3D scanning systems that capture a similar level of detail.

SCANIFY comes with Fuel3D Studio software, which allows scans to be manipulated and exported to popular file formats for 3D printing and on-screen applications. This allows consumers to capture everyday objects as accurate, 3D models (with color) for printing, animation and other applications.

SCANIFY is currently available to U.S. consumers for preorder via the Fuel3D online store, with shipment expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015 and general retail availability expected in the second quarter of 2015.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3d.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has successfully outfitted Derby the dog with 3D printed prosthetics, allowing him to run down the street for the first time ever. Derby was born with a congenital deformity characterized by small forearms and no front paws. While always cheerful, Derby was, until now, only able to get around on soft surfaces. Hard surfaces, like sidewalks, cause severe abrasions on his front extremities.

Having fostered Derby through the dog rescue group Peace and Paws in Hillsborough, N.H., Tara Anderson decided to help. Tara, as a 3D Systems employee, knew that 3D printing afforded an unmatched level of design freedom, functionality and speed. Using 3D technology, she knew it would be possible to rapidly design and manufacture prosthetics customized to Derby's morphology.

Marshaling help from Derrick Campana, a certified Orthotist at Animal Ortho Care in Chantilly, VA, and 3DS designers, Kevin Atkins and Dave DiPinto, data of Derby's forearms and 3D scan data of a cup design, created by Campana, were used to create the 3D design. The team utilized Geomagic Freeform, 3DS' digital sculpting platform, which allowed them to create perfect organic shapes and smooth curves for Derby's shape.

The ProJet 5500X delivers multi-material 3D printing in a single build, so Tara and the designers could build complete prosthetics with comfortable cups in rubber and rigid spokes and base. Ready in a few hours, the prosthetics were shipped to Derby for testing.

"The beauty of 3D printing is that if the design needs to be adjusted, we don't have to wait for time-consuming and expensive traditional manufacturing processes, we can simply print out a new set," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3DS. "The dovetailing of 3D scanning and design with the ProJet 5500X multi-material 3D printing allowed for the creation of complete prosthetics printed in a single build, custom-fit to Derby."

Through the power of 3D, Derby is now able to run alongside, and sometimes past, his newly adoptive owners, Sherri and Dom Portanova.

""He runs with Sherri and I every day, at least two to three miles," said Dom Portanova. "When I saw him sprinting like that on his new legs it was just amazing."

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

Published in 3D Systems

Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, announced that it has closed a funding round totaling $6.4 million (£4 million). This funding builds on the company's initial $2.6 million (£1.6 million) funding secured earlier this year and paves the way for the commercial launch of the company's consumer scanner product in 2015.

The funding round was led by Chimera Partners and will be used to ramp-up Fuel3D's production, customer support and international retail distribution after it delivers on its Kickstarter and pre-order commitments.

In addition, Fuel3D will use the funding to expand the scope of the company's technology to address commercial opportunities in a range of vertical markets through its Fuel3D Labs division, including biometrics and eyewear.

"The initial interest shown by investors in Fuel3D has only been increased since the first funding round and we are very pleased to have been oversubscribed in this round of fundraising," said Ben Gill of Chimera Partners and Chairman of Fuel3D. "The company continues to impress with its commitment to product development goals and has also made very significant inroads into developing new commercial applications and relationships."

In 2013, Fuel3D raised over $300,000 for the development of an affordable, high resolution handheld 3D scanner through its successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The company has expanded rapidly in response to global demand and now has distributors in 23 countries around the world as well as manufacturing operations in Asia.

With its commercial launch expected in early 2015, the Fuel3D scanner is currently in beta-testing with the company's Kickstarter backers.

"This funding round will take Fuel3D through the full commercial launch of our scanner next year, and will allow us to invest in new talent and infrastructure, including growing our operations in the United States," said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. "In tandem with our consumer product development, we will also be using the funding to further develop our intellectual property so that we can capitalize on the ongoing interest we receive from international brands in applying our technology in new verticals beyond 3D printing."

Fuel3D has developed an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers fast, high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development. The scanner's ability to accurately capture color 3D models of the human form is ideally suited to the rapidly growing trend of personalization.

Fuel3D is the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.

Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. Since raising more than $300,000 and generating worldwide attention through its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the company has gone from strength to strength, raising a further $2.6 million in private investment and signing retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3D.com

Published in Fuel3D

XYZprinting announced that its da Vinci 1.0 AiO (all–in-one) 3D printer plus scanner is now shipping in the U.S. market. Priced at just $799, XYZprinting has drastically reduced the barrier to entry to 3D printing through simplifying the printing process and offering this combo unit at a consumer and SMB-friendly price-point.

“With 3D printing continuing to gain traction across a variety of markets, including education, design, fashion, medical and automotive, the possibilities are just beginning to be realized,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting. “The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO was designed with quality and affordability in mind, to enable the continued discovery of applications and usages for 3D printing.”

Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printer features Include:

  • Built-In Hi-Res Scanning: Objects are scanned with an industrial grade 0.5mm resolution in just 5 minutes, and saved in .stl format
  • Effective Design: Diagonally placed laser sensors combined with a turntable work together to ensure a comprehensive scan, even from the most difficult angles
  • Patent-Pending Algorithm: XYZprinting’s proprietary scanning algorithm automatically fills in voids with appropriate texture and curves to provide a seamless printing experience
  • Large Build Size: Da Vinci uses fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and prints items at 7.8’’x7.8’’x7.8’’
  • Easy Scanning with XYZScan: Just set the scan, click once to preview and edit as necessary, and send for printing
  • Scan-to-Design Function: Any scanned item can instantly be saved as a design so you can replicate this print in the future, and share with others
  • Cloud Database: XYZprinting’s design gallery is an open-sourced cloud database with thousands of 3D models for consumers to choose from and upload to

It also shares the same innovative and user-friendly features of XYZprinting’s current award-winning and top-selling printers, such as smart filament cartridge system, nozzle cleaning, and one-year limited warranty at no cost.

Da Vinci 1.0 AiO can be purchased through Amazon, Micro Center, NewEgg and Studica for $799.

For more information, visit: www.xyzprinting.com

Published in XYZ Printing

Artec Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional 3D software and hardware, announces the debut of its Shapify Booth in the USA. This first-of-its-kind booth creates a full scan of a person or object in just 12 seconds and automatically produces a detailed 3D model from this data, which is then used to 3D print a full color replica mini-me figurine called a "Shapie." Shapies are the perfect gift or keepsake, similar to a photograph.

Every Shapify Booth is equipped with four wide view, high-resolution Artec scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. The high powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. This process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together using Artec's advanced algorithms to produce a printable file ready for 3D printing.

"The Shapify Booth will be the first experience many people have with 3D scanning and printing technology," said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec Group. "As a kid you may have gotten into a photo booth with your friends and had a strip of pictures printed out to commemorate the occasion. Our goal is to have this generation do the same thing, but add another dimension and in the end have a 3D printed figurine to solidify the memory. In a short time, we've already seen people use the booth to capture their pregnancy, to create a figurine for their grandparents, to make wedding cake toppers, and more. The possibilities are endless."

The booths are ideal for large retail stores, amusement parks, airports and other locations with high foot traffic. The Shapify Booth is user-friendly and simple to operate for all ages. It can also be easily moved to different locations. Partners can use the booth to sell hundreds of figurines every month and attract new and returning customers.

The Artec booth will be on display and demoing its technology at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo (booth #207) on October 21-23 in Santa Clara, California. After the event, the booth will be in Artec's showroom in Palo Alto, California, where anyone can use it to create a Shapie of their own.

For more information, visit: www.shapify.me/partner/booth

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LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning and inspection technologies, announces the official release of the HDI 109 3D Scanner. It is the latest addition to the HDI 100 series of compact, pre-calibrated 3D scanners manufactured by LMI. The scanner has the ability to scan small parts at a high level of accuracy. The HDI 109 is an automatable turnkey solution that delivers a seamless 3D scanning experience from acquisition to post-processing of scans into a full digital 3D model.

With a solid aluminum body that is dust proof and water resistant (IP67 housing), the HDI 109 measures only 49 x 100 x 155 mm to become the smallest advanced 3D scanning system using blue LED projection technology. The scanner’s compact design and portability makes it suitable for fitting into confined spaces, perfect for integrating or embedding the scanner into machines or devices.

“HDI 109 3D Scanner was developed specifically for companies that are looking to design their own systems or devices and require integrated or embedded 3D scanning capability for scanning small parts”, said Chi Ho Ng, Product Group Manager of LMI Technologies. “By leaving the scanning to the HDI 109, companies can save valuable R&D development resources and budget so they can focus on their core developmental strengths instead of developing the 3D scanning technology internally. This substantially minimizes time-to-market so products can reach the market at a faster pace.”

The HDI 109 is ideal for systems integrators or device manufacturers who need 3D measurement, visualization or inspection of small parts for medical, dental, or manufacturing applications. The system is pre-calibrated and integration ready to produce repeatable scanning results. The simple-to-use software development kit (SDK) and connectivity options give developers complete control over all aspects of the 3D modeling process—from capture to alignment to the final model. The scanners can output into a variety of output formats (PLY, OBJ, STL, ASC, FBX) to accommodate different systems with ease.

The HDI 109 is available for order today.

For more information, visit: www.lmi3d.com/products/hdi/100-series

Published in LMI Technologies

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its iSense™ 3D scanner for iPad is immediately available for pre-order on Cubify™ and through affiliated retailers, resellers and distributors with commercial shipments to commence in the second half of July. Previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the iSense is ideal for physical photography on the go, empowering users to easily capture and readily 3D print their memorable moments. Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense 3D scanning software, the iSense scans wirelessly in seconds for an easy capture experience.

As the newest addition to 3DS’ consumer offering, the iSense fully integrates with the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers and also offers direct upload options to Cubify for cloud printing in a range of materials including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.

Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense software, the iSense gives you the freedom to scan anything and you don’t have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a digital copy of the real thing.

iSense Features:

  • Physical photography for the iPad - Discover the power of mobile 3D scanning on your iPad or iPad mini with the new iSense. Its integrated design makes it easy to capture every dimension of your favorite moments on your iPad. Scan your family and friends, everyday-events and adventures, all on your iPad, all in 3D.

  • Upgrade your iPad and get inspired on the go - The compact snap-on design of iSense instantly transforms your iPad into a 3D scanner, giving you the freedom to scan spontaneously where ever you are. Take it with you and allow your physical world to spark your creativity.

  • Big or small, scan it all - From shoes to SUVs, iSense has the most versatile scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for objects large and small.

  • Zero-in on what matters - Automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds.

  • Edit with ease - With quick cropping, enhancement and solidifying tools, iSense can prepare 3D printable files within minutes.

  • Scanned for 3D printing - Physical to digital, and back again. Fully integrated with Cubify and your Cube 3D printer, the iSense allows you to upload scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/Products/iSense

Published in 3D Systems

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, announces the launch of the next generation of HandySCAN 3D laser scanners, which have been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability.

The new HandySCAN 300 and HandySCAN 700 provide ground-breaking accuracy, resolution and substantially higher measurement rates—all in truly portable device. The benefits of the metrology-grade HandySCAN 3D’s are truly compelling:

•    40% more accurate with a volumetric accuracy of 60µm/m.
•    25 times faster than former generation.
•    TRUaccuracyTM feature ensures accurate measurements in real life operating conditions
•    Unmatched versatility: Limitless 3D scanning possibilities, regardless of the part size, complexity, material, or color.
•    Quick set-up: Get up and running in less than 2 minutes.
•    Automatic mesh output: Get ready-to-use files as soon as data acquisition is complete—and integrate within your workflow without any post-processing.

Handyscan 3D scanners can be used at all stages of product lifecycle management, including:

•    Concept: Product requirements as well as concept design and prototyping
•    Design: CAD designs, prototyping, and testing, simulation, and analysis
•    Manufacturing: Tooling design, assembly/production, and quality control
•    Servicing: Documentation, MRO, and replacement/recycling

Creaform also announced the launch of two completely new versions of the Go!SCAN 3D scanner. Both versions provide unmatched fast and reliable 3D measurements, while offering the easiest portable 3D scanning experience on the market.

The Go!SCAN 50 was designed to measure the shape of medium to larger parts and offers optimal flexibility. The Go!SCAN 20 delivers maximum resolution and is dedicated for use with smaller objects with intricate details, making it the perfect companion for 3D printers. Customers will attest to the Go!SCAN 3D’s multitude of benefits:

•    High speed: Typical objects are scanned in five minutes or less.
•    Professional-grade measurements: The Go!SCAN 3D provides an accuracy of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) and resolution of up to 0.2 mm (0.008 in.).
•    Full-color 3D models: Users can easily and simultaneously capture of high-quality geometry and colors.
•    TRUsimplicity™: Extremely simple scanning process.
•    Point and shoot: No preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.

Go!SCAN 3D scanners are tailored to the unique needs of:

•    Product development engineers and technicians from all industries
•    Engineers who use CAD and 3D printing professionals
•    Museology, heritage preservation, restoration, digital archiving, 3D scanning for research, analysis and publishing, multimedia, entertainment, computer graphics and special effects

“Thanks to this latest Go!SCAN 3D release, 3D scanning has never been easier,” explained François Leclerc, Product Manager. “With the addition of color and the intelligent hybrid positioning system, the Go!SCAN 3D are the professionals’ go-to all-around solution for professional-grade 3D scanning capabilities.”

At the same time as the Go!SCAN 3D release, Creaform launched the revolutionary new HandySCAN 3D scanner, which has been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability. In addition, Creaform released the VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

In addition, Creaform released VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

For more information, visit: www.creaform.com





Published in Creaform

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of the Sense™ 3D scanner. Sense is flexible with scan size and can capture everything from a cupcake to a full-body, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file. Sense comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. Sense printables can be sent to Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, or directly uploaded to Cubify.com for cloud printing in a range of materials.

The Sense is priced at $399 and immediately available on Cubify.com. The Sense will also be available on Staples.com and in hundreds of Staples retail stores nationwide starting November 18, 2013.

"The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, 3D Systems. "I anticipate that the Sense's intuitive nature, portability, range, unmatched quality and powerful user interface and user experience will spur a new social movement around 3D sharable and printable physical photography."

Product Features:

  • For your life on the go: hand-held mobility gives you the freedom to scan spontaneously, everywhere you go. The Sense is mobile scanning compatible with the Microsoft Surface™ Pro 2 tablet.

  • Scan small, scan large, scan it all: Sense small and large objects, people and scenes. The Sense has the most diverse scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for small and large objects like a book or a motorcycle, heads to full bodies and scenes as large as 10 feet tall and wide.

  • Zero-in on what matters: automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds, scanning only the object you want.

  • Edit confidently: Sense software is intuitive, fast, accurate and easy to use. Scans process in seconds and can be cropped, enhanced and solidified for printables in just minutes. No design experience is necessary.

  • Mash-up your world: merge your scans in Cubify Sculpt™, the ultimate consumer software for editing STLs, mash-ups and organic modeling. Full integration between the Sense and Cubify Sculpt gives you the creative freedom to import your scans and combine them with other favorite designs.

  • Physical to digital and back again: Sense is fully integrated with Cubify.com and your Cube 3D printer. Scans can be uploaded directly for cloud printing with a variety of materials on Cubify.com, or sent directly to your 3D printer.

Sense is powered by Geomagic® software, making the Sense unmatched in quality, scan speed and easy editing capabilities for consumers. Sense delivers professional performance at an affordable consumer price and guarantees an awesome user experience.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/sense

Published in 3D Systems

What's black and white and has lasers? The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner! The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. Pre-orders are being taken now, with shipping expected mid-October.

"Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year," stated MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. "We are really excited about the MakerBot Digitizer. This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modelers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in Desktop 3D Scanning."

The MakerBot Digitizer takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file — without any need for design or 3D software experience. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is optimized for and works seamlessly with MakerBot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse. The MakerBot Digitizer can be used in the office, manufacturing space, workshop, classroom, or in the home to jumpstart the modeling and prototyping process and create artworks, sculptures and figurines, as well as memorializing keepsakes and archiving. Just connect the MakerBot Digitizer to a laptop or computer and you are ready to digitize.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner offers:

  • Simple, yet sophisticated software to create clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks
  • A 3D digital design file in just minutes
  • No design skills, 3D modeling or CAD expertise required to get started
  • Outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk's free software MeshMixer
  • Creates a 3D digital file to be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and on other 3D printers
  • Easily upload scans directly to MakerBot's Thingiverse.com, the community for discovering and sharing 3D printable things with more than 100,000 members.
  • Ability to digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall and up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs.)

"We believe that the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative technological breakthrough that sets the standard for affordable desktop 3D scanning," noted Pettis. "We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple. The MakerBot Digitizer is powered by MakerBot MakerWare software, and we plan to offer in the future additional software updates that are expected to add even more features and capabilities."

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/digitizer

Published in MakerBot

LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the next generation of the HDI Advance 3D scanning system. This is the first HDI product launch since the acquisition of 3D3 Solutions earlier this year.

The purpose of the redesign is to push the limits of the scanner’s hardware by improving scanning repeatability and ease of use. The new HDI Advance now uses USB 3.0 cameras for both faster and simpler connectivity to a computer. The scanner also features new lenses that produce higher accuracy scans with less scan distortion compared to its predecessor. The sleeker mount design delivers better repeatability in scan results and offers more stability while scanning.

“The HDI Advance is a great 3D scanning solution for the computer graphics industry,” said Terry Arden, CEO of LMI. “Our system provides great flexibility for scanning people and objects. Gaming, animation and movie studios have used the HDI Advance for 3D modeling and CGI in major motion pictures and top selling video games. The scanner generates high resolution digital 3D models accurately and quickly in color. With the release of the new generation of HDI Advance, we offer the best 3D scanning system in terms of speed, accuracy, and performance at an affordable price.”

The system is also valuable to companies for various applications including 3D visualization, 3D inspection, reverse engineering, or rapid prototyping. The new HDI Advance is available in two performance models, HDI Advance R1x and the R3x. The systems are available for order today.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com/products/3d-scanner/hdi-advance

Published in LMI Technologies

Fuel3D Inc. announced the start of a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter that will bring the Fuel3D scanner to the world. Fuel3D is an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers high resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, 3D art and 3D game development.

In a special offer only available through Kickstarter, pledgers will be able to access the first production units for less than $1,000. Today, a buyer could expect to pay over $15,000 for a handheld scanner that provides similar quality results to Fuel3D.

"The explosion of 3D printing and the continued expansion of the games market means that there is an increasing demand for 3D scanning products that capture high resolution 3D data," said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D Inc. "With Fuel3D, our goal is to bring high quality 3D scanning to a wider market by making it available at an affordable price-point."

Fuel3D is the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds. Fuel3D's ability to capture color in addition to geometric shape means that the product is also particularly well suited to on-screen 3D applications, such as game development, animation and 3D art.

In order to enhance the Fuel3D product offering, the company has teamed up with 3D design software company, Uformia, another Kickstarter success story. For Fuel3D, Kickstarter pledgers will have the opportunity to get their product bundled with Uformia's MeshUp software, the first real volume modeler for meshes, allowing any creator to make sure their models are always ready for 3D printing.

"Fuel3D's scanner promises to change the game in the 3D scanning and modeling space," said Cherie Stamm, CEO, Uformia. "For the first time, professional level handheld scanning is in the price range of the average computer user or 3D modeling and printing enthusiast, at a quality that even surpasses devices costing tens of thousands of dollars. Uformia is very excited to partner with Fuel3D on their Kickstarter campaign, as our upcoming product MeshUp is a perfect tool to use together with Fuel3D's scanner to creative an infinite number of possibilities by scanning and remixing the world around you."

The technology behind Fuel3D was originally developed within Oxford University and was, at first, developed for medical imaging applications.

"With Fuel3D, we plan to adapt a technology that has already been proven in the medical sector to deliver a new 3D scanning option to professionals and consumers with a passion for 3D creativity," said James Paterson, CTO Fuel3D Inc. "The unique technology that we have developed allows us to offer what is literally a point-and-shoot approach to capturing both 3D data and color, and we are confident that no one else in the world is able to offer this kind of solution at the price that we can achieve."

Pre-production Fuel3D units will be available in Spring 2014, with full production following soon thereafter.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3d.com

Published in Fuel3D

LMI Technologies Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of 3D3 Solutions, a supplier of 3D scanning software and hardware products based in Burnaby, Canada. The takeover deal will result in the integration of 3D3 by LMI Technologies under the LMI brand to create a powerhouse in 3D scanning, visualization, and measurement solutions for both inline factory automation and offline 3D scanning markets such as reverse engineering and 3D printing.

3D3 staff will continue development of HDI 3D scanners and FlexScan3D, a leading PC application offering sophisticated 3D acquisition, visualization and mesh processing. “The simplicity of building precise and complete 3D datasets sets us apart from everyone in the 3D scanning market today. We are excited to integrate our 3D processing technology with LMI’s sensor design expertise to build a formidable offering for customers,” says Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “As Global Sales Manager for 3D scanning products at LMI, I am looking forward to deliver exciting 3D scanner products to a larger audience.”

LMI’s Gocator 3D smart sensor product family delivers scanning, measurement, and control logic in a single industrial sensor package suitable for broad use in factory automation where non-contact quality inspection of widgets is required. “Integrating 3D3’s mesh processing algorithms into Gocator will deliver a new level of capability such as comparing scanned parts to a golden part or CAD model - a key requirement by factories to ensure parts with hundreds of features are rapidly inspected for manufacturing errors,” says Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies. “In addition to enabling fast 3D inspection on Gocator, we see FlexScan3D as the platform to deploy both our 3D measurement tools and 2D HexSight machine vision library. This will give our customers an exceptional PC based solution for high end inspection applications where multi-core PC processing is required.”

With the acquisition of 3D3, LMI will expand into new markets such as medical (dental, ear, foot, face and body scanning), entertainment (gaming, special effects, and animation), manufacturing (reverse engineering, fast prototyping with 3D printing), and the arts (archival, reproductions) by leveraging 3D3’s existing reseller channel network and delivering next generation scanner products suitable for OEM customers.

For more information, visit: www.lmi3D.com or www.3d3solutions.com

Published in LMI Technologies

Turbine parts supplier Power Plant Services is using an NVision HandHeld laser scanner to reduce by 60% the time required to reverse engineer turbine blades. In the past it took the Melrose Park, Illinois company 15 hours to produce a 3D computer aided design (CAD) file from a customer's turbine blade. But that has now changed. "By switching to NVision's HandHeld laser scanner we can produce an accurate CAD file in only six hours, which makes it possible to deliver a new blade to our customer one full day faster than was possible in the past," said Chad Fisher, Project Manager for Power Plant Services. That time saving can result in significant cost savings for the company's customers.

Power Plant Services engineers and manufacturers high-performance alternatives for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) turbine parts and systems and supplies a wide array of other parts and services to the power generation, pulp and paper, petroleum refining and steel industries. The company produces more than 10,000 parts per year and has performed repairs on major turbine components for more than 40 utility plants. Delivery time is critical because customers often place orders after power generation equipment has broken down, which can sometimes cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars a day in lost revenues.

"Previously we used a contact probe to measure part elevations point by point in different cross-sections of the airfoil and entered the measurements in solid modeling software," Fisher said. "Then we created lofts between the elevations. We felt that laser scanning could improve on this process by capturing the entire profile of the airfoil and eliminating the need for measuring elevations and lofting. We looked at several different models and selected the NVision Hand-Held scanner both because of its portability and because NVision provides a complete solution including both hardware and software so we only have to work with a single organization for support."

The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. As a part is inspected, the scanner generates a point cloud consisting of millions points each with x,y,z coordinates and i,j,k vectors. Integrated software that comes with the scanner is used to convert the point cloud to an STL polygon and an optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows real-time rendering, full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard 3D packages.

"The HandHeld scanner substantially reduces the time required to reverse engineer airfoils and other parts," Fisher said. "Since we began using it we save about nine hours per part and we are also more confident in the results because we get many more points of data than in the past. In many cases we are able to save our customers large amounts of money by getting their turbines up and running a day earlier than was possible in the past. Another advantage is that the portability of the HandHeld scanner means that we can now go to our customer's facility to reverse engineer parts that are too big for them to ship to us."

For more information, visit: www.ppsvcs.com or www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) has unveiled the FARO 3D App Center, the company’s new online exchange for Focus3D software applications. Through the 3D App Center, Focus3D users and software developers can download and share purpose-built apps to meet specific scanning challenges.

The FARO 3D App Center reduces costs and simplifies workflows by replacing expensive software packages that perform tasks users may never need.  Instead, customers can access and download FARO software apps built specifically to resolve their particular scanning challenges, such as surface or volume calculations. The result is lower operating cost and an assurance that scanning professionals have the FARO software they need, for the tasks they perform, each and every time.

FARO’s 3D App Center also provides a forum for software developers to create and share their own apps with the laser scanning world. Now, third-parties and other software companies can reach Focus3D customers directly, with apps tailored to meet their needs. All third-party apps are thoroughly tested and approved by the FARO team before making their way to the 3D App Center for download.

For more information, visit: 3d-app-center.faro.com

Published in FARO

SpaceClaim today announced an OEM agreement with Geomagic® to deliver the first-ever product for designing 3D parts directly from 3D scan data. The resultant product, Geomagic Spark™, is being announced at the EuroMold 2012 Exhibition.

Geomagic Spark enters the market as the only 3D tool that combines scan capture tools, robust 3D point and mesh editing capabilities, comprehensive CAD design and assembly modeling, and 2D drawing creation in one complete application. It was created through the use of the SpaceClaim API (Application Program Interface) which allowed Geomagic’s advanced point and mesh processing tools to be integrated into SpaceClaim’s 3D direct modeling environment. Designers can simply scan directly into Geomagic Spark or load an existing point cloud or polygon model. From there, they choose from a wide range of automated tools to create or improve a polygon mesh, such as sampling, reducing noise, point to mesh wrapping, and repairing holes. Once the mesh is prepared, users simply transfer the mesh to the design window with a single mouse click.

“The business acumen of SpaceClaim has enabled a ground-breaking new product to become real,” said Tom Kurke, President and COO, Geomagic. “As SpaceClaim’s partner, we enjoy a great working relationship with them, and appreciate their responsiveness to our technical and business needs. SpaceClaim’s strong development code and superb technical support only adds positively to the entire experience of developing a significant new product such as Geomagic Spark.”

The partnership agreement was completed just nine months ago, after the original ‘Go to SpaceClaim’ function in Geomagic Studio 2012 was released last year. After this successful initial development process, customer demand for a more integrated version of both 3D scan and direct modeling functionality encouraged the two teams to look at a closer relationship. The companies have agreed to a multi-year agreement where SpaceClaim is embedded into the new Geomagic Spark product.

“Geomagic Spark, the seamless fusion of Geomagic and SpaceClaim technology, is a product that ushers in a completely new way to scan and design parts in 3D,” said Chris Randles, President and CEO, SpaceClaim. “The fact that this exciting and revolutionary new product was completed in such a short time is testament to how well both companies collaborated to bring together their respective technologies, share ideas, and create exciting new capabilities. We look forward to continuing to work with Geomagic, as Spark wins new customers and introduces them to SpaceClaim’s unique and innovative 3D direct modeling environment.”

Geomagic Spark will be available at the end of January 2013. Selected users will perform beta trials in due course and after its release in January 2013, free trials of Geomagic Spark will be available.

Geomagic will be presenting Geomagic Spark at Euromold 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany, November 27-30, 2012. SpaceClaim will also be exhibiting at Euromold in Hall 11, Stand E49.

For more information, visit: www.geomagic.com/en/products/spark/overview

Published in SpaceClaim

Step into the future at the new MakerBot Store in New York and experience 3D printing like you never have before. MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing technology, is celebrating the grand opening of its first retail outlet in the United States on November 20th with the unveiling of a MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, powered by ShapeShot® and MakerBot®.

MakerBot and ShapeShot have joined forces to provide a 3D Photo Booth experience for the 21st century – a chance to capture and create a 3D image, but not just any image, but a 3D portrait and replica of your face! In a few minutes, a scan is made of your face and displayed on a screen.  Serious or funny expressions are immediately captured using ShapeShot’s 3D face data that can then be used to print out a 3D replica of your face! The 3D portrait is a cool souvenir, preserves your loved ones face forever, and is the perfect gift for birthdays, bar or bat mitzvahs, and holidays.  Customers can also get a 3D bust of their baby, friends, and the whole family.

“We are super excited to offer our MakerBot Store customers the chance to be ‘immortalized’ by the 3D Photo Booth,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot Industries. “We’ve been playing with this technology for awhile, and to finally be able to bring it directly to our customers is just awesome.”

This first fully automated MakerBot 3D Photo Booth was unveiled to the media and the public at a Grand Opening celebration at the MakerBot Store on November 20th.

Visitors to the MakerBot Store, located at 298 Mulberry Street in New York City, step inside the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth and for $5, have a 3D scan made of their face. They can then choose to have MakerBot make a bust or specific item for them made by MakerBot (costs vary depending on item), or take the design with them to modify and print on their own.

The MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, powered by ShapeShot and MakerBot, uses digital cameras to capture or scan the subject instantaneously in high-resolution data. The images are then combined to create an accurate three-dimensional model of the face, including textures.  It’s a simple procedure – no makeup, no special preparations, just one scan and you now have your face in 3D!  ShapeShot was created by Direct Dimensions, Inc., of Baltimore.

“This is beyond digital photography – it is the future — and to be able to create a 3D image of yourself is just amazing,” noted Pettis. “We’ve had celebrities and musicians come in and get a 3D Portrait made.  It’s fun, it’s inexpensive, and it’s totally cool.”

Store Location and Hours:

The MakerBot Store
298 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012
(347) 457-5758

Mon-Sat 12pm-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/retail

Published in MakerBot

Mantis Vision launched its F5-Short Range 3D imager, featuring the widest depth of field and working range available for small object, close-range capture, at the SPAR Europe Conference. Built for maximum mobility and versatility, the F5-SR 3D imager brings together compact, ergonomic design with speed and ease-of-use to effortlessly reach and capture small, intricately detailed objects, in the field and on the move.

Whether digitizing the human form, capturing small, hard to reach manufacturing components, or documenting cluttered crime scene details out in the field, the F5-SR spares no detail. Designed to work alone, or as a complimentary tool to Mantis Vision’s F5 imager, the F5-SR is the ultimate solution to complete hard-to-reach detail in complex large-scale scenes or objects.
 
The F5 Series of handheld 3D imagers is the only 3D scanning solution specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of field use:

  • The fastest-speed-of scan available today.
  • A true standalone solution designed for field mobility– a single user it all it takes.
  • Exceptional results in any working conditions: outdoors, indoors, direct sunlight or complete darkness.
  • Effortless accuracy - No positioning targets, advanced scene preparation or contamination needed.
  • Battery operated, cable-free, and hassle-free – no gear, laptop or accessories needed.
  • Rugged shell and components withstand the toughest of environments
  • Easy to use – a short training session is all that is needed to achieve great results.

Mantis Vision is celebrating the expansion of the F5 series with a new, highly competitive pricing program, and a special offer for the purchase of the complete F5 series at an attractive bundle price. "Recent advancements in our production technologies have enabled us to significantly reduce pricing for the F5 series, without compromising on the quality or field-readiness that our customers have come to expect," stated Shabtay Negry, VP of Business Development for Mantis Vision. “We are confident that the launch of the F5-SR, together with the new pricing, will significantly expand the scanning capabilities of our customers”.

For more information, visit: www.mantis-vision.com/page/products

Published in Mantis Vision

ShapeGrabber, a pioneer in the development of 3D laser scanners for industrial measurement and modeling, today announced the availability of its fastest scanhead to date. The SG156 scanhead delivers a scanning speed gain of 2 to 10 times as compared to previous models, as well as a larger sensing range and greater stability in temperature variations.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber said: “The [SG156 scanhead represents the sixth generation of our industrial 3D scanner technology and features a new design with an improved laser, lens, imager and mounting mechanism. It will enable our existing customers to more than double their output speed. With the addition of field of view compression, the speed increase can exceed a factor of ten. Based on extensive internal testing, a speed increase of 4 or 5 times will be typical. New customers will enjoy the most advanced 3D scanning technology platform on the market today.”

DENTSPLY Implants ATLANTIS division, supplier of digital implant solutions and CAD/CAM abutments, has been using ShapeGrabber scanners for more than 7 years, processing thousands of dental models each week at facilities in Sweden and in the U.S. DENTSPLY Implants is now using the new SG156 scanhead in all its ShapeGrabber scanners.

Per Nilsson, Process Engineer at DENTSPLY Implants, Mölndal Sweden, said: “We originally chose ShapeGrabber 3D scanners for their speed, ease of use, data quality and excellent scan volume. With the new SG156 scanhead, these benefits are now magnified and support our business growth. We have reduced our average scan time, thereby increasing our output capacity while significantly reducing cost-per-scan.”

The new scanhead design features these enhancements:

  • Up to 10 times faster scanning speed than its predecessor, the SG102
  • Variable field of view in addition to depth of field
  • Greater accuracy and tolerance to temperature changes
  • Larger dynamic sensing range to scan wider range of part types
  • A new mounting design allows the SG156 scanhead to be easily installed and removed; and, provides greater precision

The SG156 is backward-compatible with all currently installed ShapeGrabber scanners, with the addition of a new mounting bracket assembly.

ShapeGrabber industrial 3D laser scanners are in use by quality professionals and designers in automotive, aerospace, medical device, dental and other industrial sectors. They are ideal for rapid measurement and inspection of complex-shaped parts such as injection molded plastics, metal castings and stampings, and other parts that have compound curves and multiple features.

For more information, visit: www.shapegrabber.com/sol-products-3d-scan-heads.shtml

Published in ShapeGrabber

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced SCENE 5.1, the latest update to the software for the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner. New features like Clipping Box and improved scan positioning help streamline data and cut processing time in half. Orthophoto functionality allows users to save scans as photo files to view and share scan data even without point cloud software.

Among many new features found in SCENE 5.1, Clipping Box helps users streamline data analysis by keeping only the parts of scans that are relevant to the project. With this latest enhancement, scan data is presented in either point cloud or realistic photo view. Users choose those portions of the scan they need and the remaining parts are seamlessly and automatically removed. The optimized scan provides data the user wants, without extraneous data that makes analysis time-consuming. A reduced file size makes storage or export to CAD quick and simple.   

Large scanning projects often call for multiple scans and extensive post-processing. To reduce work time, SCENE 5.1 offers powerful feature recognition capabilities that position and assemble individual scans quickly, even when there are no registration marks or pre-defined targets. The result is an up to 50 percent reduction in processing time and a more precise finished product. SCENE 5.1 also includes the ability to save orthophotos in a TIFF format, so scans can now be viewed even if the user’s CAD software is unable to interpret point cloud data.

In partnership with 3DConnexion, a leading manufacturer of peripheral devices for 3D navigation and motion control applications, FARO has also made available the new 3D SpaceMouse. Specially designed for scanning applications, the SpaceMouse enables quick manipulation of three-dimensional data, scans and much more.

FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

Published in FARO

Geomagic®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality, has announced with Solutionix, a worldwide developer and distributor of 3D digitizing technology, today announced a distribution agreement in which Solutionix will exclusively provide Geomagic scan software with its Solutionix Rexcan CS Plus scanning systems.
 
The agreement allows scanner customers to quickly get started with complete, accurate and easy-to-use 3D scanning solutions for both metrology and reverse engineering, at a reduced price.
 
Rexcan CS Plus scanner users can now enjoy full integration with Geomagic Qualify, a leading 3D metrology software platform, and Geomagic Studio, which delivers easy-to-use tools for processing scan data into usable 3D polygon, surface and CAD models. From a 3D scan, Geomagic’s powerful and straightforward software makes it simple to integrate data into CAD, export models for 3D printing, transfer models to animation platforms, perform first-article and production inspections, manage quality and more.
 
“Geomagic and Solutionix both want to make 3D data and modeling workflows more accessible and simple, so the partnership is a natural fit, and the bundle is a game-changer for any engineer’s processes,” says Len Chamberlain, VP of Sales, Geomagic. “Customers get top-notch equipment along with the best 3D reverse engineering and inspection software. The system is quick, adaptable and affordable. That’s a win for everyone.”
 
The Solutionix Rexcan CS Plus, the company’s latest scanning solution, is a complete, accurate system that features automatic scanning, calibration and alignment of scan data. In desktop applications, users can simply set an object on the integrated 2-axis turntable and, with a single mouse click, begin scanning. For larger objects or in workspace applications, the scanning head can be removed and mounted on a tripod. Upon its release at the TCT Live 2012 conference, the fully automated CS Plus system impressed visitors with its scanning volume flexibility, which is delivered through interchangeable lens sets.
 
“Rexcan CS Plus employs a new process where full automation is implemented into a structured-light 3D scanning system. Through integration with Geomagic, a global leader of 3D metrology software, we’ll be able to provide users with automation, convenience and high accuracy, in a reasonably priced, single platform solution,” says Jet Kim, Director of Sales, Solutionix.
 
For more information, visit: www.solutionix.com/main/bbs/3d-scanner-rexcancs.html

Published in Geomagic

With the ROMER Absolute Arm, Hexagon Metrology has entered the round of the last ten contestants for the 2012 PRODEX award. This is the most important Swiss prize for production products and is awarded for the third time by Vogel Business Media AG in partnership with Exhibit & More AG.

The enhanced ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is now more rapid compared to previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. This means that the user can move the scanner significantly faster across the object to be measured compared to previously, while maintaining high data quality that is typical for ROMER. This also applies when the surfaces are difficult to scan, for example with high gloss carbon fibre. This means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous models of the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. Now there is also an option for wireless scanning: with the help of the wireless scanning pack all arms with integrated scanner can be operated via WiFi. In addition, the battery system has a facility for replacing the battery while the machine is running, thus facilitating uninterrupted wireless operation anywhere.

PRODEX 2012 will be held from November 20-23, 2012 at the Basel Exhibition Centre. Hexagon Metrology presents the ROMER Absolute Arm at stand H01 in hall 1.1. The PRODEX award will be announced during the exhibitor evening event on November 22, 2012. In addition to the ROMER Absolute Arm from the ultra high-precision measuring machine series, Hexagon Metrology will exhibit the new Leitz Reference Xe and the Leitz Infinity as well as the Optiv Classic 321 GL tp multisensor measuring machine. From the portable metrology range, the company will be exhibiting the two Leica Absolute Trackers AT401 and AT901.

Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. We support our customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection. With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, we empower our customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world.

For more information, visit: us.romer.com/products/romer-portable-cmms/absolute-arm

Published in Hexagon Metrology

Learn all about this breakthrough in 3D scanning and revolutionary scanning platform. The Go!SCAN 3D handheld white light 3D scanner features intelligent hybrid positioning and yields great results when used towards both industrial and non industrial applications.

Feature Topics:

  • Go!SCAN 3D – A 1st encounter
    • Discover Creaform’s most recent portable 3D scanner.
  • Go!SCAN 3D technology platform – How does it work?
    • Learn all about the technology behind the Go!SCAN 3D.
  • Go!SCAN 3D – The benefits
    • What the Go!SCAN 3D can do for you and your business.

Plenty of sessions for you to choose from!

There will be 8 webinars over the next couple of weeks: October 16-18-23-25. Register to the webinar that best suits your agenda!

For more information or to register, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/resource-center/webinars

Published in Creaform

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the new Trimble® TX5 3D laser scanner and SCENE software. The Trimble TX5 is a highly versatile 3D laser scanning solution for surveyors, building construction and civil contractors, performing a variety of applications such as capturing existing condition information, retrofit/revamp projects, architectural redesign, clash inspections and design/as-built comparisons.

Trimble TX5 and SCENE Software

The Trimble TX5 is able to measure at speeds of up to 976,000 points per second, up to a range of 120 meters. The compact and lightweight design provides flexibility and portability around the job site, increasing field productivity. The intuitive and easy-to-use onboard interface allows new users to quickly become proficient and easily incorporate 3D scanning into their business.

"The Trimble TX5 fills an important position within our 3D laser scanning portfolio by providing a versatile solution for a broad range of scanning applications," said David Fitzpatrick, general manager at Trimble. "The new solution extends Trimble's 3D scanning offerings and allows us to provide customers with a choice of marketing leading solutions best suited for their needs."

Data from the Trimble TX5 is processed in the SCENE software suite. Data from SCENE can be seamlessly imported into Trimble RealWorks® software for the creation of additional end deliverables or transferred to 3D design packages.

Trimble RealWorks Version 7.2 Software

Trimble also announced an update to the Trimble RealWorks software, which offers improved data management, streamlined registration tools and support for data from the Trimble TX5 3D laser scanner, via the SCENE software.

Trimble RealWorks v7.2 is now built on full 64 bit architecture to maximize performance of modern PCs. Data management has been improved through the addition of the new Scan Explorer tool, which allows users to view, navigate, manage and extract data from a scan based perspective. Registration tools have been streamlined to improve the workflow to combine multiple scans and deliver spatial data sets.

Availability

The Trimble TX5, SCENE software and new Trimble RealWorks v7.2 software is expected to be available from throughout Trimble's worldwide survey and building construction distribution networks in early November 2012.  

For more information, visit: www.trimble.com

Published in Trimble

Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to introduce Go!SCAN 3D, a breakthrough in 3D scanning and a revolutionary scanning platform. This handheld white light 3D scanner features intelligent hybrid positioning and yields great results when used towards both industrial and non industrial applications.

Go!SCAN 3D scanner highlights

  • Point-and-shoot: no preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.
  • Affordable and up to 10 times faster than standard 3D scanners.
  • Can be used by anyone without prior experience.
  • The software provides visual guidance throughout the process, ensuring quality results.
  • Handheld and lightweight (1.1 kg), it fits into a carry-on case, so you can bring and use it everywhere.
  • Dynamic referencing means that it is possible to move the part during scanning and that no rigid setup is required.
  • It provides accuracy is up to 0.1 mm, for results you can count on regardless of the work conditions or environment.

"The Go!SCAN 3D comes from our willingness to further expand our reach and make 3D scanning accessible to a much larger group of companies and individuals," said Daniel Brown, Product Manager. We wanted to provide a scanning experience that combined incredibly quick results with real user-friendliness, at a very interesting price point. Thanks to these features and along with its reliable data, we believe that the Go!SCAN will really open up tremendous possibilities for scanning in a wide array of industries."

With the launch of the Go!SCAN 3D, Creaform completes its portfolio of handheld portable 3D scanners, which also includes the Handyscan 3D and the MetraSCAN 3D. While each scanner is unique in its own way, the whole Creaform range shares the same key points: their TRUportability, TRUsimplicity, and TRUaccuracy.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/handheld-portable-3d-scanner-goscan-3d

Published in Creaform

3D3 Solutions, a cutting edge developer of 3D scanning and visualization technologies, announces the official release of the HDI Blitz 3D scanning system. The system is the latest 3D scanning solution from the company that captures digital 3D scans from physical objects in seconds. 3D3 Solutions is demonstrating the HDI Blitz for the first time at TCT Live, the event for additive manufacturing, 3D printing & product development, in Hall 3A, Stand U23.

“With the success of developing advanced 3D scanning systems, we found that there is a strong demand for a simple, easy-to-use 3D scanner without sacrificing the quality of 3D scans,” said Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “The focus of the HDI Blitz is to make 3D scanning technology more accessible. It doesn’t require advanced technical skills to operate the system and it is fast to get the HDI Blitz up and running.”

The HDI Blitz requires minimal amount of setup time. Simply plug in the system, install the 3D scanning software on the computer and it is ready for scanning. The 3D scanner uses white light 3D scanning technology that scans an object without any direct contact to ensure there is no measurement interference. The system captures a 3D scan in one second and generates more than a million data points (two million polygons) per scan. It includes basic post-processing capabilities such as aligning and merging that transforms 3D scans into a complete digital 3D model.

3D3 Solutions continues along the path of developing 3D scanning systems with affordability and flexibility in mind. The HDI Blitz 3D Scanner offers high resolution 3D scanning results at a fraction of the cost of comparable systems. The system is useful for companies and organizations that need complex 3D measurements for various applications including 3D visualization, 3D inspection, reverse engineering, or rapid prototyping.

The HDI Blitz 3D scanning system is available for purchase today.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com/products/3d-scanner/hdi-blitz

Published in 3D3 Solutions

Purdue University’s Formula SAE team is utilizing NVision's HandHeld laser scanner to pursue its goal of taking home a first-place trophy in the annual Formula SAE Competition. The team anticipates that reverse engineering data obtained by the HandHeld scanner will allow for a strong Purdue showing at the upcoming 2013 competition.

The Formula SAE competition is an annual event sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in which teams of SAE student members from about 130 colleges and universities around the world compete to design and manufacture the best all-around small formula-style racing car. The competition’s restrictions on the vehicle frame and engine are limited, which challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination. Their goal in the competition is to produce a prototype of a high performance car that is low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable. Also of concern is the vehicle’s marketability, so the team members must keep in mind factors such visual aesthetics and passenger comfort when they design the cars. The end result of participation is a valuable engineering experience for students and an opportunity to be part of an engineering project requiring a team effort, which often improves students’ skills in time management and communication.

In the most recent competition, the Purdue team needed to reverse engineer some of its engine components. In order to do that, however, it first needed to create a 3D CAD model of the engine and its parts. The Purdue team obtained access to a HandHeld laser scanner from NVision, a leader for over two decades in providing the highest accuracy non-contact optical measurement systems and services for reverse engineering and inspection.

The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard CAD packages.
 
Engineers were able to quickly scan the engine and camshaft using the HandHeld scanner. The scanning process took less than one day, after which NVision converted the scan data into an STL model, which was then provided to the Purdue team and used to analyze its engine components.

With the information from NVision’s scanning now added to its knowledge base, the Purdue team intends to devote the upcoming year to building and testing a racecar that will allow it to achieve its dream of taking home a first-place trophy in the competition.

“NVision is proud to offer support and assistance to the Purdue Formula SAE team at no charge,” said Steve Kersen, NVision’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We feel it’s important not only to invest in tomorrow’s engineers but also to help students who are passionate about their dreams.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Innovative tailor-made seats will be used for the first time by Paralympics GB for the wheelchair basketball events this summer. Using cutting-edge research the seats are individually moulded for each player to provide the best possible support. They will help the athletes to improve their speed, acceleration and manoeuvrability around the court. The seats have been developed with UK Sport funding at Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute, which is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The new seats are revolutionary because they take the individual’s size, shape and particular disability into account. For example, a player with a spinal cord injury will have a seat that provides additional support around their lower back.

Harnessing a range of cutting-edge design and manufacturing techniques and developed in close consultation with the British men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams, these customised seats consist of a foam interior and a plastic shell. They are simply clamped onto the current wheelchair design in which the frames are already made to measure for the players. Team members initially underwent 3D scans to capture their bodies’ biomechanical movements and their positions in their existing wheelchairs. A moulding bag containing small polystyrene balls (similar to a bean bag style seat), was used to capture the shape of the player when seated. The seat was then made up by hand.

Computer-aided design (CAD) capabilities were then used to refine the shape of the outer layer of the seat to suit each individual player and help position the seat onto the frame. Using this prototype the next stage involved quickly producing copies of each individual seat so that they could be further tested and amended if necessary following feedback. For this speedy production an additive manufacturing technique called selective laser sintering (otherwise known as 3D printing) was used to build up each seat layer by layer. This resulted in a final product that exactly replicated what was on the computer screen. This is the first time anywhere in the world that these existing techniques have been harnessed together to produce a sports wheelchair seat.

For more information, visit: www.epsrc.ac.uk

Published in EPSRC

ShapeGrabber, a pioneering innovator of industrial 3D laser scanners for quality inspection and measurement headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and Shelley Automation, distributors of technologically advanced automation products across Canada and headquartered in Toronto, today announced a distribution agreement.

Shelley Automation will add the ShapeGrabber line of 3D laser scanners to the stable of solutions it offers to Canadian manufacturers. The agreement advances a decade-long relationship between the companies, as Shelley Automation supplies ShapeGrabber with many of the motion control components used in the manufacture of its 3D scanners.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber, said: “We are very pleased to bring on Shelley Automation as a Canadian distributor. We have worked with the company for more than a decade and know what a fantastic, professional organization they are. We’re thrilled to have such an exceptional company represent us and are excited to have new resources to increase our presence within the domestic manufacturing sector.”

Brian Shelley, Co-President and CEO at Shelley Automation, said: “ShapeGrabber’s automated industrial 3D scanners are an excellent addition to our range of products that bring advanced automation to manufacturers. ShapeGrabber 3D laser scanners provide manufacturers with another means to enhance productivity and achieve continuous improvement in the quality control cycle.”

Shelley Automation’s optical offerings already include fully automated, online vision systems. With the ShapeGrabber product line, Shelley enhances another element of its customers’ complete quality control process: the metrology lab. With a higher level of automation and modern optical tools for measurement, manufacturers can use the 3D scanners to dramatically reduce inspection time, provide rapid whole-part inspection, and troubleshoot the really tough quality problems.

Offering many times the speed of traditional dimensional measurement techniques such as calipers, gauges and coordinate measurement machines (CMMs), ShapeGrabber’s 3D scanners are used for industrial quality inspection to measure complex shapes that are otherwise too time consuming, costly or simply impossible to measure. They are particularly valuable for inspecting and measuring complex plastics, metal castings and stamped parts that features compound curves and multiple features.

For more information, visit: www.shapegrabber.com or www.shelley.com



Published in ShapeGrabber

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) announced today that they have signed an OEM and distribution agreement for 3D laser scanners. Under the agreement, FARO will provide Trimble with an OEM differentiated product based upon its successful FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform. Trimble will offer the OEM product throughout its worldwide survey and building construction distribution networks, serving the needs of surveyors, contractors, engineers and geospatial professionals. As part of the strategic relationship, future versions of the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform will also be made available to Trimble.

“FARO’s revolutionary Laser Scanner Focus3D leverages more than 30 years of disruptive product innovation in the 3D measurement space. We are very pleased to partner with Trimble to further expand the 3D laser scanner platform across a broader range of markets,” said Jay Freeland, president & chief executive officer of FARO.

“FARO has successfully challenged the 3D scanning market with a product that is versatile, compact and competitively priced,” said David Fitzpatrick, general manager of Trimble 3D Scanning. “We are excited to offer this solution as part of Trimble’s portfolio through our strong worldwide distribution network.”

The Trimble OEM product is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com or www.trimble.com

Published in FARO

Geomagic® announced that legendary racer Ed Shadle will detail the epic 12-year effort of his group, North American Eagle, in a bid to recapture the world land speed record with the help of 3D software from Geomagic, during sessions at the International Manufacturing and Technology Show.

In public talks as well as private media interviews, Shadle and co-founder Keith Zanghi will relate the backstory of how they adapted a F-104 fighter jet to take a run at the world record of 763 miles per hour set in 1997 by the British. Shadle, who holds personal auto racing records from the 1980s, will explain his inspiration for the project, and his engineering gotchas that challenged the project from the start.

Mixing tales of what it feels like to drive a rocket across the ground, with the engineering challenges that involves, Shadle will explain how Geomagic Studio software helped the team shape the design of the rebuilt jet so it had aerodynamically-perfect contours. By converting the point cloud data that emerges from 3D scanning into surface data, Geomagic Studio created the watertight 3D data that enabled the complex engineering analyses essential to rebuilding the 45,500 h.p. vehicle.

Throughout the event, Geomagic will be delivering demonstrations of the industry’s most advanced 3D inspection and reverse engineering software. Geomagic Studio is the industry’s most easy-to-use, intelligent solution for transforming 3D scan data into highly accurate polygon and native CAD models for reverse engineering, product design, rapid prototyping and analysis. Working alongside Geomagic Qualify, a metrology product which delivers measurement and comparison of as-built data to original design data, these industrial-grade products deliver productivity, process and quality improvements to manufacturers worldwide.

Visit the Geomagic booth (E-5422) at anytime during the event to see how advanced 3D scanning and inspection software can help your manufacturing operation. The North American Eagle Team will be available with Geomagic at the following times:

  • Monday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. CT
  • Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, September 13 at 9:00 a.m. CT

Individual media interviews are available by appointment

For more information, visit: www.landspeed.com or www.imts.com

Published in Geomagic

3D3 Solutions, a cutting edge developer of 3D scanning and visualization technologies, announces the release of KScan3D at Siggraph 2012. KScan3D is a Kinect-based 3D scanning software solution that provides consumers with the opportunity to capture quality 3D scans of real-world objects at an affordable price. 3D3 Solutions is demonstrating KScan3D for the first time at the Siggraph Exhibition in the Los Angeles Convention Center from August 7-9.

“KScan3D benefits from years of research and development on our professional line of 3D scanning products including the HDI 3D Scanner and FlexScan3D Software,” said Nick Koziupa, Product Manager. “The software combines our state-of-the-art technology with Microsoft’s phenomenally successful Kinect hardware to provide beginners, students, educators, and hobbyists with a fully featured, easy to use 3D scanning solution.”

With KScan3D, Kinect hardware, and a PC or Mac running Windows OS, users can capture 3D scans with a click of a button. Advanced algorithms quickly process the captured information and enable users to export finalized data in a variety of common file formats.

“We wanted to launch KScan3D at Siggraph as this is the place to find out the newest developments in the computer graphics industry,” said Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “With today’s release of KScan3D, our company now provides a full suite of 3D scanning solutions for all of our customers, from entry-level users to experienced industry professionals.”

KScan3D can be purchased separately or as a bundled package with the Kinect for Windows hardware. A 30-day trial version of KScan3D is also available.

For more information, visit: www.kscan3d.com

Published in 3D3 Solutions

Synappsys Digital Services, a sculpture enlargement and reduction company based in Norman, OK, used NVision's 3D HandHeld laser scanner to create the model for a sculptured tribute to U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan that is now on display near Ground Zero in New York City.

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush dispatched Task Force Dagger to Afghanistan. The task force is a joint Special Operations team consisting of Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group, aircrew members from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and Air Force Combat controllers. The men were offered horses by the Afghan tribes they were supporting and rode into battle with the Afghan Northern Alliance against the Taliban.

When sculptor Douwe Blumberg of DeMossville, Kentucky, saw a photo of the Special Forces soldiers fighting on horseback in Afghanistan he was moved to create a sculpture. He spent nine months creating an 18 inch tall clay model called a maquette. The maquette depicted a Green Beret on horseback holding field glasses and an M4 carbine with attached grenade launcher. An anonymous group of Wall Street bankers who lost friends and co-workers in the attacks learned about his effort and commissioned Blumberg to build a large-scale version for a monument near Ground Zero.

Blumberg contracted with Synappsys Digital Services to create the large-scale version of the maquette. Synappsys has produced many such enlargements for dozens of leading artists. "We selected the NVision HandHeld laser scanner for this work because the NVision software shows in great detail what the scanner is seeing," said Alan Ray, owner of Synappsys. "This feature saves a lot of time because without it we could never be sure that we had scanned the entire model until after we had finished the job and reviewed the point cloud."

The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard CAD packages.

Synappsys first scanned the maquette in order to create a CAD model of the sculpture. The HandHeld scanner collected millions of points on the maquette. The resulting point cloud was converted into a mesh and then imported into a rapid prototyping software package where it was converted to a watertight 3D digital representation of the maquette. Synappsys then enlarged this CAD model and used it to create a computer numerical control (CNC) program. They sectioned the computer model into pieces and produced each section on a CNC milling machine to the final size. The individual pieces were assembled with glue. Clay was applied to the foam model and Blumberg tooled the final surface. The resultant life-and-a-half-scale, 13-foot-tall foam model of the sculpture was used to produce the mold for the final 5000-pound bronze sculpture.

The statue is titled "De Oppresso Liber" (to free the oppressed), the Green Berets motto. It was introduced to the public during the Veteran's Day Parade in New York City in 2011. Currently displayed at One World Financial Center opposite Ground Zero in New York City, Blumberg expects that it will be installed in a permanent location immediately adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site in the near future.

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

In industrial environments automated 3D scanning inspection cells have become an important part of various manufacturing processes. The GOM ATOS ScanBox is constructed and engineered to industrial standards to assure highest safety and mobility. Delivery time is short and setup is plug-and-play. The ATOS ScanBox includes an ATOS Triple Scan digitizer, robot, rotary stage, software, safety house, and more. All the elements in one box to ensure automation success. The ATOS ScanBox made its public debut at Control in May. Since then there have been many installations including OEMs and suppliers such as Daimler, Volkswagen, Rolls Royce, Bosch, Eisenwerk Brühl, Dräxlmaier, Delcam and many more. The true definition of “out of box” solution within a box.

The ATOS ScanBox is a plug-and-play measuring cell for fully automated 3D digitizing and inspection. The ATOS ScanBox combines optimized industrial components, mobility and highest safety in an off-the-shelf 3D measuring machine.

ATOS is the most innovative optical measuring system for three-dimensional coordinate measurement on the market. ATOS measures different object sizes, surface finishes, and complexities giving versatility to 3D digitizing by delivering:

  • Accurate 3D coordinates and high data quality
  • Full-field deviation to CAD, 2D and part-to-part
  • Section-based analysis, GD&T and trend analysis
  • Complete measuring reports

For more information, visit: http://www.gom.com/metrology-systems/system-overview/atos-scanbox.html

Published in Capture 3D

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the newest and most accurate addition to its FaroArm lineup, the Prime arm. This six-axis portable measurement arm delivers exceptional value to customers who require a high-accuracy, contact-only measurement solution for everyday inspection and quality assurance routines.

Available in four lengths from six to twelve feet (1.8m to 3.7m), the FARO Prime promises accuracies as tight as .019 mm (.0007 in.). This newest FaroArm is also Bluetooth® equipped, eliminating the need to tether the device to a laptop. An extended-use battery and composite material construction ensure shop floor durability, day after day. Together, these features make the Prime the ideal solution for basic measurements in inspection, reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis and anywhere else a high-accuracy, hard-probing measurement solution is needed.  

The Prime joins the Fusion and the Edge, FARO’s flagship and most advanced measurement arm, in the industry-leading FaroArm line. The FARO Edge continues to deliver exclusive features like a touch screen, on-board operating system and the industry’s smallest and lightest handheld laser scanner, the FARO Laser Line Probe (LLP). “Customer need and input is the driving force behind innovation at FARO,” explained Orlando Perez, Director of Product Management for the FaroArm. “Our customers demanded greater accuracy for routine contact measurement applications, without many of the added features or 3D scanning capabilities you’d find in the Edge. The result is the Prime. It’s accurate, durable, easy-to-use and provides the solution that much of the marketplace has been asking for.”

The Prime is compatible with FARO’s CAM2 Measure 10 software and others, and is available now from FARO Technologies. “We’re excited to introduce the Prime to the market. This is the most accurate FaroArm available, offered at an unmatched value,” said Jay Freeland, FARO’s Chief Executive Officer. “This newest FaroArm delivers outstanding performance and makes our innovative technology accessible to a whole new group of potential customers. We think they’re going to love the Prime.”

FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Worldwide, approximately 14,000 customers are operating more than 28,000 installations of FARO's systems. The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Fla., its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branches in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

Published in FARO

PCS Engineering, Inc., a product development services company and Objet Geometries reseller will host 3D printing, 3D scanning and CNC software seminars in select Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia venues this summer.

"The road show will display how leading manufacturers use CAD/CAM software, 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to accelerate the product development process," said PCS Engineering, Inc. CEO Michael Huggins. "It is intended for manufacturing professionals seeking to improve operations with greater efficiencies in terms of cost and time required to bring new products to market."

Technology providers will include software and equipment demonstrations such as:

  • DP Technology: Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Software
  • Epilog Lasers: CO2 Laser Engraving Systems - Special Feature Laser Cutting Demonstration
  • GoMeasure3D: 3D Scanning, Inspection and Reverse Engineering 3D Measurement Reverse Engineering and Inspection Solutions - Special Feature the Microscribe Portable CMM Measurement Arm Demonstration
  • Objet: 3D PolyJet™ Matrix technology and Digital Materials - Special Feature Objet30 Demonstration
  • Siemens PLM: SolidEdge Software Modeling and Assembly Tools

2012 PCS Engineering, Inc. Road Show Schedule:

  • June 25: Marriott SpringHill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 901 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA
  • June 26: NASA Langley Research Center*, Hampton, VA
  • June 27: Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Dr., Newport News, VA
  • June 28: Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad St., Richmond, VA
  • July 9: Philadelphia Marriott West, 111 Crawford Ave., West Conshohocken, PA
  • July 10: Courtyard Reading Wyomissing Hotel Marriott, 150 North Park Road, Reading, PA
  • July 11: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 South Queen St., Lancaster, PA
  • July 12: Courtyard Harrisburg Hershey Marriott, 725 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA
  • July 30: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • July 31: Virginia Western Community College, 3094 Colonial Ave., Fishburn Hall F206, Roanoke, VA
  • August 1: James Madison University, Festival Conference Center, 1301 Carrier Dr., Harrisonburg, VA
  • August 2: Harley Davidson of Fredrick, RR 255 Frederick, MD

Road Show events run 10:00am to 3:00pm and will include live 3D printing, 3D imaging and laser cutting and software demonstrations from technology experts.

Industrial designers and manufacturing engineers interested in 3D printing a part should send a CAD model in .STL format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it one week prior to each scheduled event. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-service basis. During 3D imaging demonstration, PCS Engineering, Inc. will scan mechanical shapes and provide the data output to attendees.

PCS Engineering, Inc. offers design engineering, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing solutions to industrial designers and manufacturing engineers. PCS Engineering, Inc. delivers prototypes and parts in a comprehensive range of plastic and metal production grade materials. Services include 3D Data Capture, Scanning and Revere Engineering, Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering, Selective Laser Melting, 3D Printing, CNC Machining, RTV Molding, Urethane Casting, Die Casting. PCS is an Objet Geometries reseller and offers access to Objet Connex500™, Connex350™, Objet260 Connex™, Eden500V™, Eden 350/350V™, Eden 260V™, Eden250™, Objet24 Personal 3D Printer and the Objet30 Desktop 3D Printer to the region.

For more information, visit: www.pcsenginc.com/index.php/viewevents/events

Published in PCS Engineering

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up.

Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

Join us on June 12-13, 2012! Attendance is limited, so book your place today!

  • Discover the indisputable benefits of this complete and powerful inspection and scanning solution.
  • Learn about Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology behind the MetraSCAN 3D line-up.
  • Interact live with our product manager and get instant answers to your questions.

Tuesday June 12, 2012
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Wednesday June 13, 2012
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Published in Creaform

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the release of CAM2 Gage 2.2. It is the latest software update for the company’s leading lines of portable measurement solutions, the FaroArm and FARO Gage. New features like enhanced QuickTools, barcode functionality and temperature compensation dramatically expedite and improve the accuracy of measurement routines. These and over 30 more new features make CAM2 Gage 2.2 one of FARO’s most complete solutions for fast, high-accuracy contact measurement.

The QuickTools functionality permits users to import and use QuickTools programs generated in FARO CAM2 Measure 10. Barcodes can now be created directly in the CAM2 GAGE software and saved together with the inspection plan data. One click with the new FARO barcode reader and the inspection plan is instantly loaded in the CAM2 GAGE software. The result is exceptional speed for frequently-repeated, everyday measurements.

As part of the newest update to CAM2 Gage, FARO’s temperature probe provides feedback on part temperature during measurement routines. This is important since variations in temperature can adversely affect the accuracy of measurements. By closely monitoring and automatically compensating for these changes, CAM2 Gage helps ensure users receive consistent and accurate results despite changing measurement conditions.

“CAM2 Gage 2.2 software presents new features that accelerate and simplify measurement activities. FARO is fully committed to continuously improving our measurement software packages,” said Markus Grau, FARO’s Product & Business Development Manager for the FARO Gage. “With this latest release, we have reached a new milestone in offering the easiest and most intuitive measurement software available.”

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/gage

Published in FARO

3D Engineering Solutions employed 3D laser scanning, structured light scanning and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) best practices to reverse engineer components for military aircraft, including parts for large helicopters and Harrier jump jets recently sold by Britain to the U.S. Because the CAD models and prints for these parts are not available, 3D Engineering digitized each component, determined the materials, finishes and coatings, and then created new CAD models and prints to be used by government suppliers in recreating each piece. 3D laser scanning was employed to digitize the larger parts while structured light scanning was used to capture the smaller, detailed components.

“The difficulty in these types of projects comes in discerning the original design intent of the component. This is done by studying how the parts interact with the overall system and applying proper dimensioning and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) that is appropriate for the design intent and to reduce the end cost of the components,” said 3D Engineering Solutions Vice President of Operations Rob Glassburn, P.E. In all, 3D Engineering created over 200 prints for the helicopter and Harrier projects, comparing the scans they captured with the models they created numerous times.

3D Engineering Solutions is completing the prints of these wear item components at a time when Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) pertaining to military aircraft is on the rise. “For various reasons, suppliers to our government are no longer able to provide key components to certain systems. Many of these components are wear items that need to be replaced on a frequent basis,” said Glassburn. “When the prints for these parts aren’t available, that’s where we come in.”

Customers rely on 3D Engineering Solutions to design process tooling and fixtures for the automotive, industrial, green energy, nuclear and aerospace industries, using engineering tools such as Siemens advanced NX7.5 Mach 3 CAD platform. Leading edge point cloud software, InnovMetrics PolyWorks, allows a common software platform for collecting data across all of Faro laser-based data collection platforms. In addition to reverse engineering services, 3D Engineering Solutions is registered with the State of Ohio for Professional Engineering and ISO 17025 Certified for third party inspection. In their seventh year of operation, the company maintains a state-of-the-art, climate controlled metrology lab, servicing the Midwest OEM needs for 3D laser scanning, data collection, 3D CAD modeling, FAI / PPAP inspection, and reverse engineering services. 3D Engineering Solutions brings more than 100 years of collective experience to every engineering project.

For more information, visit: www.3D-engineering.net

This webinar explains how you can digitize fast, flexible and unique existing 3D concepts with a Creaform Handyscan 3D scanner. Then, you will see how the 3D scan data will be converted with Rapidform XOR into a parametric 3D CAD.

  • You have an existing 3D concept?
  • You are looking for a flexible 3D scanner with dynamic referencing?
  • You would like to get a parametric 3D CAD?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/858053680

Published in Creaform

Creaform is proud to introduce the latest improvement to its inspection systems: the C-Link functionality. Through C-Link, it is possible to network up to 4 C-Tracks and operate them simultaneously with a HandyPROBE portable CMM or a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner.

Benefits of the C-Link Functionality

  • Makes the inspection process of complex setups, jigs, tooling or prototype faster and easier than ever before.
  • Featuring the TRUaccuracy technology, it generates guaranteed high accuracy results, no matter the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variation, etc.) or operator skills;
  • Can be used as a mobile measurement solution for complex set-ups;
  • Allows the creation of fixed measurement rooms (virtual CMM with freedom of handheld probe/3D scanner);
  • Can be used for large or complex objects deformation analysis when used with Creaform’s VXtrack software module.

“We were receiving repeated requests from our MetraSCAN and HandyPROBE customers towards a solution that would enable them to carry out demanding and specific applications such as deformation analysis on plane wings and presses or measure car chassis with their Creaform technology, but without having to actually move the CMM, explained Jean-François Larue, product director. The idea of the C-Link functionality was born out of a desire to actually meet this need; our R&D crew figured out a way to build upon our inspection systems’ accuracy, power and dynamic referencing capability and developed C-Link, which also improves the performance of our systems with regards to inspection and QC of large or complex parts.”

Creaform’s technologies upgraded with the C-Link functionality will be demoed at the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

Published in Creaform

Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to unveil its new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners – the most accurate 3D scanners for demanding quality control and reverse engineering applications.

The MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM Scanners

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up. Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

The new MetraSCAN 3D handheld scanners are now offered in two versions:

  • The MetraSCAN 70 offers optimal resolution. It is ideal for projects where geometrical feature definition is key, such as sheet metal and tooling inspection.
  • The MetraSCAN 210 offers increased measurement speed. Its increased stand-off and depth of field make for enhanced scanning flexibility. It is ideal for large surface metrology and large-scale reverse engineering.
  • Both 3D scanners feature the same accuracy and they have been fitted with a new light carbon structure.

“We believe that this expanded and enhanced MetraSCAN line-up fits the needs of our customers now more closely when it comes to quality control or reverse engineering applications, said Jean-François Larue, product director. What’s more, we integrated the know-how acquired on the technology since the launch of the first generation of MetraSCAN in 2010. Among all the inspection systems available on the market, the MetraSCAN 3D scanners remain best at increasing the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process.”

The new devices will be presented to the public for the first time during the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, advanced surfacing, inspection and numerical simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, 3D body measurement, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE arm-free portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also brings photogrammetry to all its technologies with the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system. Moreover, the company offers the Creaform 3D Body Digitizers.

Creaform reached C$37.5 million in sales in 2011. The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Québec City, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrascan/default.aspx

Published in Creaform

Through real life examples, this webinar explains how you can inspect very large parts by combining various kinds of optical technologies into one simple process.

Webinar’s topics:

  • Introduction of the portable 3D measuring solution
  • Basics on photogrammetry
  • Demo
  • Examples of applications

Who Should Attend:

  • You are manufacturing large parts or tools for the aerospace, transport or power generation industry?
  • You would like to combine portability of optical CMMs with the accuracy of photogrammetry to inspect large part?
  • You would like to make your inspection process easier and faster?

Date:
Tuesday April 24, 2012

Time:
9 a.m. EDT (GMT -5:00)

Duration:
45 minutes

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/579147393

Published in Creaform

INUS Technology, Inc., is excited to announce that the latest release of Rapidform XOR3 SP1 is directly compatible with Autodesk Inventor mechanical design software. Rapidform was the first 3D scanning software to feature direct interfaces to CAD software, enabling users to scan any object, generate parametric, feature-based models in Rapidform, and then transfer the complete model to their CAD application. These models include a complete history tree, which can then be transferred into Inventor as a native model. Rapidform XOR also has a direct interface for AutoCAD software and supports other Autodesk 3D CAD software via industry standard file formats.

With the release of Rapidform XOR3 SP1, users can open reverse engineered models as native geometry in Inventor 2010 – 2013 and AutoCAD 2007 – 2013. To be certified, the product must meet certain guidelines and demonstrate a high level of quality as well as compatibility with Autodesk Inventor. Certification is given only after the product has been tested and approved.

“Rapidform XOR enables Autodesk Inventor software users to import parametric CAD models directly, speeding up productivity,” says Jim Quanci, Director of the Autodesk Developer Network. “Rapidform’s support in the Autodesk Certified Application Program demonstrates the company’s commitment to a higher level of integration between our two industry leading products.”

Rapidform XOR’s unique CAD interoperability technology for direct 3D scan-to-CAD compatibility is named LiveTransfer. With LiveTransfer technology, Rapidform XOR communicates directly with compatible CAD products to transfer the model step-by-step with a complete feature tree intact, resulting in a native CAD model that is fully editable. LiveTransfer interfaces are included at no cost in every license of Rapidform XOR3 SP1 being released in spring 2012.

Cleber Bombem of RGB Services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, remarked that “We were very happy with this great news! Many people in Brazil use Inventor, and certainly this new version of Rapidform XOR will be very useful for anyone who wants to 3D scan and create parametric Inventor models!”

Rapidform is the only software that combines 3D scan data processing with sketching and solid modeling capabilities, not just surface extraction. This makes it easy to create high quality, ready to manufacture real CAD models, not just “CAD-ready” surfaces. Indeed, Rapidform XOR is the fastest path from 3D scans to CAD.

For more information about Inventor LiveTransfer and other new features coming in Rapidform XOR3 SP1, visit: www.rapidform.com/new

Published in Rapidform

NVision, Inc., a leader in 3D non-contact optical scanning for over 21 years, announced that it has launched a new project portal for its clients. The new portal, which utilizes TeamPlatform, provides NVision’s clients with full, speedy access to customized data exchange Web pages related to their projects.
 
“NVision’s new project portal is another step forward in ensuring the success of our clients’ projects,” said Steve Kersen, VP of Sales and Marketing at NVision. “The difficulties of trying to coordinate CAD projects in person, or via email or online file-sharing services can be enormous and time-consuming. With our new portal service, clients can go directly online to their customized project pages to exchange, open and compare files in over 200 formats, including CAD models and 3D Scan files.”

Additionally, for closer project involvement, or for long-term or larger projects, NVision’s clients can access online project workspaces for collaboration.

Within these workspaces, clients can:

  • Check the project’s progress and follow ongoing issues with real-time updates.

  • Track different file versions, add annotations to screen-captured images, comment on files, collaborate on documentation and discussion, and make use of video streaming technology.

“One of the workspaces’ most valuable features is the online 3D viewer, which enables our clients to get high-quality 3D views from their web-browser in order to make the quick decisions so often necessary in design and re-engineering work,” said Kersen.

“Our client feedback thus far has been clear: the TeamPlatform project portal greatly improves clarity of communication and facilitates project success.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Laser Design Inc., the leading supplier of 3D laser scanners for more than 25 years, announced the unveiling of its newest and most automated inspection-grade 3D scanning system, the SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D. Laser Design President, C. Martin Schuster commented, "The SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D Scanning System was developed to provide a totally automated, extremely easy to use 3D inspection-grade system for either shop floor or office environments with accuracy to 25 microns (0.001")."

Two goals are realized with the Auto Gage 3D system: Complete high-speed part inspections in minutes and minimal operator training. Schuster continued, "Geomagic software's unique level of inspection automation has enabled Laser Design to open the age of entire part 3D inspections with 'microwave oven' push-button simplicity of use." Operator input is minimal and training is fast, which means the Auto Gage 3D can be up and running in a very short timeframe. First article part inspections, incoming part inspections, and sample part inspections on the shop floor can now be performed by machine attendant-level employees.

The Auto Gage 3D Scanning System uses structured light projection technology from one scanner head to capture all viewable surfaces of small- to medium-sized objects. With a work envelope of 6" x 6" x 4" (Auto Gage 4100) or 10" x 10" x 5" (Auto Gage 6100) the automated system is versatile enough for inspection and reverse engineering applications, and speedy enough for factory-floor verification uses. Yielding premium precision, system scans are accurate to +/- 0.001" (0.025mm).

The built-in system PC provides full control for scanning and optional data processing. The system is pre-configured with one 3D scanning head. Highly automated, the Auto Gage 3D requires only minimal training to perform scans with the one-button scan operation. Most parts do not require fixturing unless they are unstable in the desired orientation.

Typically scanned objects include small- to medium-sized parts made of plastic, metal, and rubber, and cast, molded, forged, and machined parts. Parts can be inspected quickly and efficiently because setups are saved as reusable templates. Items can be inspected and re-qualified in just hours, preventing downtime and costly delays with slow manual measurement methods. Extrusion profiles can be sample inspected to ensure accuracy and uniformity. Data outputs include .STL, .OBJ, .PLY, and .ASC formats.

The digitized data can be processed further with optional meshing, surface modeling, color error mapping, and inspection software from Laser Design's solution partner, Geomagic. Fully automated inspection reports can be created and reports comparing the scan data to CAD models can be immediately viewed by the operator to make a fast Go/No Go decision of shape verification.

Laser Design, Inc. and GKS Services Corp. have been leading suppliers of ultra-precise 3D laser scanning systems, along with 3D laser scanning, dimensional inspection, CT scanning, and long-range scanning services for three decades. We help customers successfully complete their most complex inspection, analysis, and reverse engineering projects quickly, giving them a competitive advantage. GKS also offers equipment rental and expertise for customers with the occasional 3D scanning project.

For more information, visit: www.laserdesign.com/products/scanners_and_software/high_precision_scanners/surveyor_auto_gage_3d

Published in Laser Design

3D3 Solutions, a cutting edge developer of white-light 3D scanning systems, announces the official release of the next version of its 3D scanning software, FlexScan3D 3.1. The proprietary technology powers the company’s line of HDI 3D Scanners and is also available separately for companies that want to build their own custom 3D scanners for OEM applications. The updated version focuses on optimizing 3D scanning and mesh processing capabilities.

“The goal for FlexScan3D 3.1 was to make it even easier for users to operate our 3D scanning systems,” said Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “With FlexScan3D 3.1, users can reach to the end result faster. We added new features and improvements that will reduce the time it takes from capturing raw scans to generating complete 3D models while still getting high quality results.”

Compared to previous version of FlexScan3D, the latest 3.1 version offers the following benefits:

  • The new combine feature removes duplicate and overlapping data, making it much easier and faster to generate a clean 360 degree 3D model than previous versions of the software
  • Multi-Core Processor Support delivers faster mesh generation and processing
  • New merging algorithm generates more accurate and detailed 3D models
  • Improved mesh rendering for additional realism
  • Advanced 3D scanner control settings help to achieve optimal 3D scanning performance
  • Support for Point Grey USB 3.0 and GigE cameras for high speed scanning

3D3 Solutions continues to offer advanced 3D scanning at an affordable price. FlexScan3D 3.1 also includes an expanded API library and scripting functions for developers to customize automated 3D scanner controls and data processing tailored specifically for their applications.

FlexScan3D 3.1 Software and the HDI 3D Scanners, which include the new version of the software, are now available for purchase through 3D3 Solutions and its authorized distributors.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com

Published in 3D3 Solutions

Loughborough University designers will be using the latest 3D digital technologies to help restore ancient artefacts from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

The museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is currently undertaking major renovation work funded by the Chinese Government.  This is a huge project that involves thousands of individual historic relics.

Using conventional methods, the objects need to be measured, photographed and repaired using manual techniques – an extremely time-consuming and expensive task. However recent research at Loughborough Design School aims to speed up the project, saving time and money.

Since 2009, Loughborough Design School PhD student Fangjin Zhang and colleagues have been investigating the use of 3D printing and other digital technologies within the sculptural and archaeological restoration fields.

3D printing allows physical objects to be built directly from 3D computer-aided-design (CAD) data without the need for tooling and with minimal human intervention.  It is already widely used in manufacturing industries and for medical models.

The application of this method to archaeological artefacts requires the shape of the original objects to be ‘captured’ using laser or optical scanners, and the data to be ‘cleaned-up’ using reverse engineering techniques.  Through this process damaged areas can be digitally restored ready for the 3D printing process.  This has been possible for some time, but now Miss Zhang is developing a formalised approach tailored specifically to the restoration of historic artefacts.  The process has already been applied to a range of objects from the Forbidden City and elsewhere.

Following recent visits to the museum where Miss Zhang has been able to explain and illustrate the many uses and benefits of 3D printing, Loughborough has now been asked use this technique to repair several specific artefacts.  These include the ceiling and enclosure of a pavilion in the Emperor Chanlong Garden.

Speaking about the project Loughborough Design School’s Dr Ian Campbell, who is supervising the research, said: “We are delighted to be working with the museum, using this very modern and innovative technique to restore and safeguard some of China’s most important artefacts.  There is real scope for this technique to be used in museums across the world.”

The Director of the Ancient Architecture Department in the Palace Museum and member of the China Association for Preservation Technology of Cultural Relics, Mr Shiwei Wang added: “This is a good start, and we hope the research on these applications will continue as the prospects are very broad.”

For more information, visit: www.lboro.ac.uk

For over a decade, Nikon Metrology pioneered laser scanning and gradually sharpened the capabilities of this non-contact measuring technology. Nikon’s superior optics combined with innovative 3D laser scanning technology resulted in this new, groundbreaking Nikon scanner. The LC15Dx digital laser scanner is a new milestone, as it brings laser scanning in the accuracy range of tactile inspection. The LC15Dx is a viable alternative to a tactile probe for an increasing number of high precision CMM applications; including molds, small turbine blades, medical devices and other complex geometry.

Closing the gap with tactile probe accuracy

Following an intense R&D phase involving engineering from Nikon Japan, the LC15Dx is the first CMM laser scanner to benefit from a high quality Nikon lens and receive the Nikon branding. “The LC15Dx is a significant breakthrough product, our customers can now realize the measurement possibilities and productivity gains they have been asking for.  This  further bolsters our position as industry innovator and market lead for metrology grade laser scanners.”commented Kenji Yoshikawa, chairman and CEO of Nikon Metrology.

LC15Dx accuracy comes close to the accuracy expected when using a CMM and tactile probe. Thanks to new solid state laser scanner technology, an innovative calibration method and high quality Nikon lens, the LC15Dx achieves a probing  accuracy of 2.5µm (0.0001in) multi-stylus test accuracy of 6µm (0.00024in) in tests comparable to EN/10360-2 and -5. A unique thermal stabilizer inside the scanner body eliminates the uncertainty and delay caused when the laser scanner is used before it has reached operating temperature. Probe tip compensation errors are also eliminated by using non-contact triangulation between the laser source, workpiece and CCD sensor to measure the surface of the workpiece directly.

Versatile scanning without the hassle

The LC15Dx provides significant benefits for a wide variety of high precision parts and geometry, including small details, semi-rigid parts and the more demanding materials. A greater range and mix of surface materials, finishes, colors and transitions can be measured more efficiently without user interaction, manual tuning and part spraying. Nikons unique third-generation Enhanced Scanner Performance (ESP3) technology maintains accuracy, speed and data quality by intelligently adapting the laser settings for each measured point in real-time. Unwanted reflections are neutralized by an advanced software filter while changes in ambient light are absorbed by a high grade daylight filter.

Better insights, earlier

Manufacturers gain a full appreciation of the dimensional quality of their products without compromising on cycle times. As the LC15Dx passes over the workpiece mounted on a CMM, a laser line is projected onto the surface. The line measures 70,000 points per second at intervals of 22µm (0.0008in). As the entire part is checked to the design intent CAD model, any areas of concern are immediately highlighted using color mapping. Further investigation and analysis is possible using fly-outs, sections and a library of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

Multi-sensor applications , ready to retrofit to your CMM

In situations where a single sensor technology is insufficient for measuring all the features, the LC15Dx can be combined with a tactile probe and change rack to create a versatile fully automated multi-sensor CMM. Depending on the application both technologies can be used independently or together within the same inspection program.

The LC15Dx is available with any Nikon Metrology CMM and can be retrofitted to existing CMMs fitted with CMM controllers from Aberlink, Deva, Coord3, Dukin, LK, Hexagon DEA, Hexagon Brown & Sharpe, Hexagon Sheffield, Mitutoyo, Mora, Renishaw, Wenzel, Werth, Zeiss and probe heads Renishaw PH10M, PH10MQ, PHS and Hexagon CW43.

For more information, visit: www.nikonmetrology.com/en_US/Products/Laser-Scanning/CMM-scanning/LC15Dx-laser-scanner

Published in Nikon Metrology

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today celebrating the opening of its nearly $1 million cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom.

The event marks a special donation from Robert H. Graebe, an East St. Louis native, and his wife, Norma J. Graebe, who live in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The gift made the new state-of-the art facility—named the William Frederick Graebe Sr. STEM Learning Center—a reality.

The Learning Center features the latest technology, including a 70-inch multi-touch SMART interactive LCD board, 3D scanning and printing, and HD teleconferencing capabilities. It also includes a fabrication laboratory that allows users to design and create prototypes with moving parts that can be tested.

“This Center will provide the next generation of professionals with access to competency in the STEM disciplines, which are so critical for obtaining gainful employment in the global economy,” said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.

The ribbon cutting ceremony, which was sponsored by the Chancellor, the SIUE Office of the Provost, the SIUE Foundation and the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School, took place in Building B of the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus.

"The STEM Learning Center will ensure that our students are stronger in math, science and technology,” said Dr. Venessa Brown, SIUE associate provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and executive director of the East St. Louis Center. “This is their key to academic access and success.”

The gift is part of Defining Excellence: The Campaign for SIUE . The new center will be a “model, high-technology STEM classroom” to provide students access to the latest technology, equipment and curricula, and will support teachers in providing students with hands-on, “minds-on” science learning, said Sharon Locke, director of the Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach in the SIUE Graduate School.

Locke said the Learning Center, which is part of the SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School, also will be used as a training facility for teachers throughout the region. “The Center will be designed to promote 21st Century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and technology literacy,” Locke said, adding it should draw regional and national interest.

She also added that SIUE faculty, students in STEM disciplines and teacher candidates will work with the Charter School to support high quality STEM education and study the use of technology in the classroom and its broader impact.

“The investment goes far beyond the technology and equipment that will be put in place—it is also a commitment to the teachers who will teach the students,” Locke said. “Strong STEM education is one of the foundations for a vibrant regional economy.”

SIUE has existing programs in STEM in East St. Louis, such as the Upward Bound Math & Science program, which provides enrichment in science and mathematics for high school students from East St. Louis and nearby cities. Upward Bound includes a residential program at SIUE in the summer and Saturday programs during the school year.

The new Learning Center is part of SIUE’s strong commitment to STEM education in the greater St. Louis region. The University’s STEM initiatives provide students with a strong foundation to succeed in college.

SIUE’s Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach is a collaborative enterprise among several SIUE academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Education, and Engineering, as well as local community colleges and school districts, regional offices of education, and the community at large. The Center’s mission is to develop, strengthen, and promote STEM research, education, and outreach in the region. The aim of the Center is to further enhance the teaching and learning of STEM education in pre-service and in-service teachers, and serve as a stimulus and resource for outreach activities.

SIUE offers all the benefits and resources of a large university and the personal attention of a small, private college. Our emphasis on undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research, creates practical applications for student learning. Located in the second most populated area of the state, this Illinois university draws students from all 102 Illinois counties, 46 states and 48 nations.

Published in SIUE

Researchers at Drexel University are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time, they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

“Technology in paleontology hasn't changed in about 150 years,” said Drexel paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. “We use shovels and pickaxes and burlap and plaster. It hasn't changed -- until right now.”

3-D Printing Technology in Paleontology

Lacovara has begun creating 3-D scans of giant dinosaur bones and other fossils in his lab. The 3-D scan puts a virtual image in a digital workspace that researchers can manipulate and analyze. To bring these scans to life, Lacovara is also teaming up with mechanical engineer Dr. James Tangorra, an assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering, to use 3-D printing technology to create and test scale models of fossil bones.

A 3-D printer is a technology for rapid prototyping and manufacturing objects based on a digital design. Common models work by repeatedly extruding extremely thin layers of a resin or other material, building up strata to create a physical object.

“It’s kind of like Star Trek technology, where you can press a button and the object pops out,” Lacovara said. A six-inch model of a dinosaur bone can be printed in a few hours using current technology.

Using 3-D printing can aid paleontology in several ways:

  • To create exact-size replicas for museum display, without the limitation on the number of copies made and materials and storage hassles of traditional casting methods.
  • To create small-scale models for educational use.
  • To create small-scale models for modeling and testing hypotheses about the mechanics of how long-extinct animals moved and behaved.

This biologically-derived modeling to test possible movements of extinct species is the major focus of Lacovara and Tangorra’s collaboration.

Robotic Models to Test Mechanics of Dinosaur Movement

“We don’t know a lot about the way dinosaurs move,” Lacovara said. “How did they stand? How did they ambulate? Did they run or trot? How did they reproduce? It’s all a bit mysterious,” especially when it comes to the largest dinosaurs. Paleontologists’ current methods of understanding such mechanics rely heavily on guesswork and common sense about what types of movements seem possible. With new technology, researchers can begin testing their predictions for the first time.

Lacovara has been part of scientific teams unearthing some of the largest known giant sauropod dinosaur specimens, including the new species Paralititan stromeri found in Egypt in 2000, which is the second-most-massive known dinosaur species and a new giant from Patagonia. Such giant sauropod dinosaurs could reach weights of 60 to 80 tons, which is 12 to 14 times heavier than a large modern elephant.

When working with enormous dinosaur fossils, Lacovara said, it’s simply physically impossible to manipulate the bones to test theories about mechanics and movement. That’s why scaled-down replicas that preserve the exact shape and proportion of the bones can help. Researchers can also digitally reshape the models to correct for changes that may have occurred over millions of years of fossilization and compression.

Lacovara and Tangorra will work together to create robotic models of giant sauropod dinosaurs, attaching artificial muscles and tendons to perform comprehensive tests of how the animal’s body could have handled physical stresses of the environment.

This work is similar to Tangorra’s ongoing work modeling and manufacturing robotic fish. “We extract features from biological species and create software-based or robotic testing systems. It’s easier to test a biorobotic system than a biological system,” Tangorra said. This work relies on studies of the fish’s movements, biomechanics and fluid mechanics to ensure that the robot reflects the biological system. Tangorra noted that because the dinosaur species they are modeling are extinct, any robotic reconstructions will be more speculative.

Lacovara predicts that they will have a working robotic dinosaur limb constructed by the end of 2012. A complete robotic dinosaur replica will take one to two years to create.

“A Virtual Zoo of Cretaceous New Jersey”

In addition to constructing models of giant dinosaurs, the researchers will make 3-D models of some fossils found closer to home. A fossil dig site in Gloucester County, N.J., has yielded a large number of marine animal fossils from the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago. Lacovara and his students and collaborators from other institutions continue to excavate the site. Now they will begin producing 3-D models of the turtles, crocodilians, fish and other animals found at that site, for what Lacovara called “a virtual zoo of Cretaceous New Jersey.” A sample of their first reconstruction, of an ancient New Jersey crocodile, can be seen here: www.drexel.edu/now/features/archive/2011/November/Evan-Boucher-Dream-Job

See A Giant Dinosaur Bone and its 3-D Model in Philadelphia

A cast of the giant, 5.5-foot-long humerus bone of the Paralititan dinosaur is on display alongside a 1/10 scale 3-D printed model at the Franklin Institute as part of the Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibit. The Franklin and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are offering a “Giant Dinosaur Deal” combination ticket, available at the box offices of both museums through March 18, 2012.

Published in Drexel University

ReverseEngineering.com announces the demonstration of their newest product, MESH SURFACE, to be shown at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center, February 12 through February 15, 2012 in Booth #404.

ReverseEngineering.com, a Certified SolidWorks Gold Partner reverse engineering plug-in, now supports non-contact measurement capabilities for Point Cloud to Mesh Surface for SolidWorks.

ReverseEngineering.com provides an easy to learn four-step workflow, for mesh surface creation:

1-Set Alignment, 2-Laser Scan, 3-Process Point Cloud, 4-Create Surface Mesh.

  •     Optimized dialog boxes allow for quick processing of large point clouds for profile extraction and surface mesh visualization.

  •     Process millions of points in seconds for parametric modeling in SolidWorks, while working direct in both SolidWorks Standard and SolidWorks Premium allowing for STL support.

  •     Transform and reduce large point clouds for SolidWorks to work with even after the data capture device is disconnected.

  •     Simplify the extraction of geometric entities on digitized models, accelerating the development of parametric wireframe, surface and solid models in SolidWorks.

ReverseEngineering.com 2012 has the ability to integrate with devices such as Faro EDGE , Romer Absolute , Microscribe, 3D Creator, Baces 3D, 3D Scanners, white light 3D digitizers, Faro and Leica laser trackers although the new Mesh Surface is not device or CAD reliant.

Established in 1996, ReverseEngineering.com is an industry leader in supplying indigenous bridging software for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems, portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and other scanning devices.

ReverseEngineering.com software seamlessly bridges native CAD integration with 3D engineering applications, such as reverse engineering, inspection, and measurement.

Based out of La Jolla, CA, ReverseEngineering.com has dedicated to developing unprecedented CAD-integrated 3D reverse engineering solutions. The continuous growth of the product line is primarily attributed to user input and has led to the addition of new features that improve 3D digitizing processes.

For more information, visit: www.ReverseEngineering.com

Published in ReverseEngineering.com

3D Engineering Solutions has added another dimension to their 3D laser scanning services with the acquisition of a structured light scanning tool, the Steinbichler Comet L3D, which uses LED blue light technology and can capture up to two million points in 1.5 seconds. 3D Engineering has already used the new technology for turbine blade and impeller inspection, and mold and tool making. The structured light scanner is useful in applications such as 3D scanning, quality control, tool making, reverse engineering, rapid manufacturing and design.

3D Engineering Solutions Vice President Rob Glassburn said, “It’s unusual for a company to have the full range of tools we have to cover different component sizes and accuracies. The Steinbichler tool is great for capturing anything with a lot of sharp edges and detail—even small medical instruments.” 3D Engineering can integrate photogrammetry with the structured light scanning, which increases ability to measure larger parts. “We can capture entire vehicles,” said Glassburn. “We can get accuracies as small as .0003 inches.” In addition to the photogrammetry accessory, 3D Engineering has a 2-axis integrated turn table, which allows for automated inspection.

In addition to increased portability of equipment, benefits of structured blue light scanning over structured white light scanning include a longer-lasting light source and lower temperature influence due to LEDs, the ability to scan a well-lit room, and the ability to filter out other light present when capturing an object. “This technology is about 3D data acquisition with a lot finer detail and greater resolution—especially when working with small parts,” said Glassburn.

Customers rely on 3D Engineering Solutions to design process tooling and fixtures for the automotive, industrial, green energy, nuclear and aerospace industries, using engineering tools such as Unigraphics NX7 Mach 3 CAD platform. Leading edge point cloud software, InnovMetrics PolyWorks, allows a common software platform for collecting data across all of Faro laser-based data collection platforms. In addition to reverse engineering services, 3D Engineering Solutions is registered with the State of Ohio for Professional Engineering and ISO 17025 Certified for third party inspection. In their sixth year of operation, the company maintains a state-of-the-art, climate controlled metrology lab, servicing the Midwest OEM needs for 3D laser scanning, data collection, 3D CAD modeling, FAI / PPAP inspection, and reverse engineering services. 3D Engineering Solutions brings more than 100 years of collective experience to every engineering project.

For more information, visit: www.3D-engineering.net

Capture 3D's GOM ATOS series of industrial optical 3D scanners provide accurate scans with detailed resolution at high speeds. ATOS delivers 3D measurement data and analysis for industrial components such as sheet metal parts, tools and dies, turbine blades, prototypes, injection molded parts, castings, and more. Instead of measuring single points or with a laser, ATOS captures an object's full surface geometry and primitives precisely in a dense point cloud or polygon mesh. ATOS is widely utilized in various industries, and can measure different object sizes, surface finishes, and shape complexities.

The new ATOS Compact Scan provides accurate scans with detailed resolution at high speeds. This modern 3D scanner combines the latest ATOS Blue Light Technology and software into a compact design with an affordable price. Manufactured with high-quality components, this lightweight and compact sensor ensures ultimate adaptability for various applications and environments, especially in narrow and confined areas. Quickly measure and inspect castings, design models, forms, injection molded parts, interiors, prototypes, vehicles, and much more.

We live in a world fueled by creativity, innovation, and competition. When product ideas are born, the world of engineering gives it life. The tools and technologies we use on a daily basis are a critical factor to achieve success. Capture 3D is a leader in 3D metrology solutions since 1997. From aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, power generation, entertainment, medical, to a variety of other industries, we improve product development through manufacturing and maintenance processes. Products include 3D scanners, portable CMMs, inspection, automation and robotic solutions.

For more information, visit: www.capture3d.com/products-ATOS.html

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Konica Minolta 3D Scanning Labs announced today its new rapid prototyping service.  The company is now offering 3D printing services with the addition of 3D Systems' Projet™ HD 3000 3D Production System. The Projet™ is ideal for a wide-range of applications including concept development, design validation, form and fit analysis, molding and casting patterns, investment casting of jewelry and other fine feature applications.

In addition to the new rapid prototyping service, 3D Scanning Labs offers high-accuracy 3D scanning and metrology, onsite 3D scanning, reverse engineering to native CAD formats, and dimensional inspection. The new addition of 3D printing services opens up an array of possibilities for prototype testing and development for advanced engineering, manufacturing, and jewelry applications.

"Many of our customers need prototypes," states Jim Clark, Business Manager at Konica Minolta 3D Scanning Labs. "Brining this technology in-house allows us to better serve our customers' needs throughout the duration of their projects.  The high quality parts produced by the Projet are ideally matched to the high quality, high detail 3D scan data our equipment produces."

The Projet™ HD 3000 3D Production System offers the option of two modes, High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD), for applications ranging from prototypes and concepts to direct castable models.  For direct castable models of fine jewelry and other components, the UHD mode is unmatched in its ability to handle delicate features and produce detailed parts and patterns.  The high speed and exceptional surface quality of the standard HD mode is ideal for a wide variety of applications including concept development, design verification, form-fit testing, and product presentations.

For more information, visit: sensing.konicaminolta.us/search-by-services/3d-scanning-services

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Bodymetrics, a pioneer in 3D body-mapping, announces a new era of personalized retail and in-home commerce experiences.  In retail Bodymetrics technology digitally maps a person's body allowing them to find perfect fitting clothes before they try them on.  In the near future Smart TVs will have the capability to body-map customers and order perfect-fitting clothing in their own homes, thereby reducing returns and beginning the end of the era of the online sizing chart.

Utilizing PrimeSense 3D sensor solutions, Bodymetrics carefully calculates and maps every contour and curve of the body. Once a Bodymetrics account is created, users can virtually try on garments from partner retailers to determine whether a garment fits and flatters their body.

Until very recently, body-mapping required expensive body-scanners. With the advent of the 3D sensors by PrimeSense, this technology can be installed at any clothing store, big or small, and is also inexpensive enough to be integrated into future Smart TVs.

Jonathan Hull, Vice President Emerging Experiences at Razorfish, says, "What consumers want are incredible digital experiences that are connected across channels. We are very excited to work with Bodymetrics  to help pioneer this new era of retail and personalized TV commerce. It doesn't get more personal than having your body scanned in-store or ordering clothing from your TV, knowing that it will fit perfectly."

Hull adds, "More than 90 percent of customers still shop at stores for clothing. Now they can get scanned in-store, share their looks with friends on Facebook, and continue to shop at home through their TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile devices."

Bodymetrics' pioneering solution, designed to body-map a customer's exact body-size and shape to the exact dimensions of a garment, has a successful seven-year track record in retail at Selfridges in London, voted as the world's best department store.

Bodymetrics makes buying clothes quicker, easier and more fun, both in-store and online. For most people, buying good fitting clothing is a trial-and-error, time-consuming process. Human bodies are different in a million ways, but when clothing companies produce garments they make them to fit an average person. In the real world, however, there is no such thing as an average body.

"When you walk into a clothing retailer or browse an online fashion site, they have no idea of your body size, shape or style," says Suran Goonatilake, CEO of Bodymetrics. "Bodymetrics body-maps you within a few seconds and gets hundreds of accurate measurements and analytics of your shape. Then, we match this data to the exact dimensions of a garment and allow you to  virtually try it on your own body to see whether it is too tight, too loose or just perfect."

Although the online clothing market is the largest e-commerce category, worth $30B in the US, it is still a small part of the total US clothing market of $370B. This contrasts with nearly half of computers  sold online and the virtual disappearance of physical travel agents that sell airline tickets. The key reasons are that customers lack confidence in buying clothes online, and there is too much hassle associated with returning garments back to the retailer if they do not fit. Depending on the type of garment, up to 50 percent of garments sold online are returned -- an enormous financial cost to the  retailer and a process that takes a huge environmental toll due to shuffling of garments back and forth to warehouses.

"With body-mapping, sizing charts and hand-measuring yourself will also become history," says Lainey Sheridan-Young, head of fashion at Bodymetrics. "Because there are no standards in fashion sizing, your size can vary dramatically from brand-to-brand and from country-to-country. Add vanity sizing, where brands give smaller size numbers to garments to boost customer self-esteem, and you have complete confusion. What we need is a simple way to map clothing sizes from one brand to another, from one country to another, based on your body. Bodymetrics will do this," adds Sheridan-Young.

Bodymetrics will preview its 3D body-mapping technology at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, January 10 – 13. Visit Bodymetrics at PrimeSense's New Living Room  Experience at Booth #30242, South Hall 3, Upper Level.

Bodymetrics makes buying clothes in-store or online quicker and more fun. The company develops 3D scanners that carefully calculate your size and shape, and allow you to virtually try-on garments on your body to determine whether they fit and flatter you. Once you have created your Bodymetrics account, you can then shop at partner retailers with the confidence that garments you choose will fit and suit your body-shape. The company's 3D-mapping technology builds upon technology developed by PrimeSense, a leader in 3D sensing. Bodymetrics is a London-based, privately-held company that has raised $7m in funding, primarily from its strategic partner, TAL Group (www.talgroup.com), one of the world's largest and most advanced clothing manufacturing groups. Bodymetrics' partner retailers include the London based  department store Selfridges, voted as the 'world's best department store', and New Look, a global clothing retailer. For more information, please visit www.bodymetrics.com.  

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InnovMetric Software Inc. announced that the latest intermediate release of the PolyWorks universal 3D metrology platform - V12.0.3 - can display on Apple mobile devices in real time laser-scanned points being captured, thanks to the new PolyWorks/Talisman app.  Equipped with PolyWorks/Talisman and an Apple mobile device, laser scanning operators can get immediate visual and audio feedback right where they are, instead of having to go back to their computer, placing PolyWorks in the palm of your hand.

"PolyWorks/Talisman is a time-saving application for 3D metrology data capture.  Some customers have already reported that it contributes to lowering the cost of measuring parts by more than 50%.  Live laser scanning display is just one of many major productivity enhancement tools that we will introduce in the coming months," said Marc Soucy, president of InnovMetric Software.

PolyWorks/Talisman is free and available from the Apple App Store. For more information, visit: www.innovmetric.com

Published in InnovMetric Software

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions announces it will host their annual 3D Documentation Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, February 21-22, 2012. It’s the company’s first time holding the event on U.S. soil. The conference will feature visionary keynote speakers from many areas of 3D documentation delivering their thoughts on the current state and future of the technology. Workshops in a number of tracks including civil engineering, historic preservation and forensic investigation will provide attendees with hands-on training opportunities from respected industry experts.

“This conference brings 3D professionals together under one roof to share ideas, best practices and techniques,” said David Morse, FARO’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Americas. “As the leader in 3D imaging technology, FARO is pleased to provide a forum for the best minds in our industry to share their unique insights.” Registration investment for the 3D Documentation Conference is $495 and includes a welcome reception, breakfasts, lunches and a gala dinner. Exhibitors are invited to participate in the 3D Exhibition to be held during the conference. Space is limited, and all lunches and breaks will be held in the main hall, so exhibitors are assured an opportunity to interact and meet, one-on-one, with decision-makers from all areas of 3D scanning.

The Gaylord Palms Resort is located just minutes from many of Central Florida’s most famous attractions. Acres of indoor gardens and spaces will provide guests with ideal opportunities for hands-on scanning instruction.

For more information, visit: www.3d-documentation-conference.com

Published in FARO

These days, cars are developed on computers, and to assist with this, designers want processes which generate realistic surfaces such as seat covers. Researchers have now developed high-resolution scanners which copy objects and fabric samples in a few minutes, converting them into virtual models. The light effects are startlingly realistic.

When buying a car, customers are not just interested in its fuel consumption. They rather turn their attention to the car’s appearance. The interior fittings should have a quality look, the pattern on the seat covers should be subtle and understated and the leather-look dashboard should add a sense of luxury. That is why designers want to know at an early stage how a piece of fabric or imitation leather will look in the new car cockpit. Models used to be manufactured by hand, but that was time-consuming. And although computer simulation is faster, it takes time as well: real-world objects must first be scanned at high resolution and then translated to the virtual world. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Darmstadt are now hoping to accelerate this process. They have developed two scanners which capture images of real objects with micrometer precision and use the data to generate deceptively lifelike virtual images. The first device, the HDR-ABTF scanner, is specifically designed to capture images of materials such as textiles and leather, lit from different directions, precisely and especially quickly. Computers can then be used to simulate how an object – for instance a car seat – covered in that material will look in changing light conditions. The second device, the meso scanner, captures high-resolution images of three-dimensional objects. Unlike conventional systems, it even records finest surface details with yet unmatched precision.

Both scanners have been developed from established processes which are more expensive or which take longer. “For industrial applications, though, we need fast and affordable devices with high resolution,” explains Martin Ritz, a developer at Fraunhofer IGD. This is what the HDR-ABTF scanner delivers. A single-lens reflex camera installed in the device looks down on the object from above. The material is lit successively by several LEDs arranged in a quadrant arc, so that the surface is lit from various different angles and photographed in varying light conditions. The end result is a series of exposures for each light direction, which can then be integrated on a PC to produce high-resolution HDR images. A vehicle designer can then combine the image data with the computer model of a car seat and observe the material’s behavior when lit from any angle. There are already similar processes that use multiple cameras and considerably more light sources, but working with the equipment developed by Fraunhofer IGD is both simpler and faster. Within the period of just ten minutes, a new material can be scanned and translated to a virtual model.

The meso scanner captures images of small three-dimensional objects. Conventional 3-D scanners project a relatively coarse pattern of stripes onto an object and the software infers the three-dimensional shape from the distortion of the stripes. This innovative new scanner instead projects a much more detailed pattern of black and white stripes onto the object, each of which is just about a third of a millimeter or so across. Using a special lens in front of the projector, this pattern is moved across the object with sub-pixel accuracy, which is to say it is shifted in individual steps of 1/25 of a pixel or less. This means that the object is scanned in much greater detail than before, achieving high resolution. Any hollows or wrinkles can be recorded with a depth measurement which has an accuracy of around 30 micrometers – which is two to three times more accurate than without the lens-shifting system.

As Ritz points out, “The meso scanner isn’t just interesting for car development. There’s also scope for museums to use it to scan rare exhibits such as jewelry or coins with high precision.” Another possible application for the device would be in the computer gaming industry. Researchers will be showcasing the initial prototypes of the new scanners at the booth of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance at the Euromold trade fair (Hall 11, Booth C66a) from November 29 to December 2, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main.

For more information, visit: www.fraunhofer.de

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Aircraft Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of toilets for corporate jets, saved $20,000 and four weeks in reduced tooling costs/time for a new model by utilizing NVision's laser scanning and engineering services. "By scanning an existing upper and lower bowl assembly and modifying the resulting CAD models to fit parts that we already had tooling for, we substantially reduced the tooling cost and got the product to market faster," said Mark Riebesehl, Owner and Vice President of Operations for Aircraft Technologies.

Aircraft Technologies Inc. provides single-source sanitary solutions for airframe manufacturers, completion centers and maintenance and repair facilities. The company's Series 90 externally serviced toilets are made of thermoformed Kydex and composites for a high strength-to-weight ratio. The user simply closes the cover for an automatic flush. The new variant of the Series 90 will be produced in volumes of about 70 per year for a corporate aircraft manufacturer.

The main parts in the new design are the bowl cap, spray ring and upper and lower bowl assembly. The normal approach to tooling up for a new toilet would have required designing all four parts from scratch and then building a new thermoforming tool for each part. However, Riebesehl noted that an existing bowl cap and spray ring from one toilet and an existing upper and lower bowl from another toilet were all close to the new design and would work perfectly if modifications could be made to the upper and lower bowl to make them fit together.

"The upper and lower bowl were designed before we started using CAD so there was no model that we could modify," Riebesehl said. "I had heard about NVision's laser scanning and decided to try reverse engineering the existing upper and lower bowl tooling. We hired NVision's Engineering Service Division to scan the two parts and provide us with the CAD models.

"The upper and lower bowl tooling was nearly irreplaceable so my partner and I flew to NVision's facility in Dallas and stood there while they scanned the parts. NVision's team worked quickly and efficiently and we flew back with the scan data the very same day. NVision then sent us the CAD surface models via FTP."

Laser scanning works by projecting a line of laser light onto the surfaces to be measured while a camera continuously triangulates the changing distance and profile of the laser line as it sweeps along. A computer translates the video image of the line into accurate 3D coordinates of the object's geometry. NVision engineers then created point clouds consisting of millions of points and used the scan data to create solid models and then output the IGES/STEP CAD surface models.

"When we got back we modified the CAD models to mate up with the existing bowl cap and spray ring," said Riebesehl. "Then we generated CNC programs and built the tooling on a machining center. Everything fit together perfectly, validating the accuracy of the laser scanning process. Using NVision's scanning services saved us in the neighborhood of $20,000 from only having to build two tools instead of four and also helped us get the new product into production four weeks earlier."

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Geomagic, the leading provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, has announced that its 3D imaging and reverse engineering software, Geomagic Studio, has been used to create the highest resolution, most dimensionally accurate 3D digital model ever of the world-famous, 5000 years old monument, Stonehenge, in England.

The project has been undertaken by surveying and 3D laser scanning specialists Greenhatch Group Ltd. on behalf of English Heritage, who are the custodians and conservators of Stonehenge as well as many other historical monuments, buildings and ancient sites across England.

Together with Atkins Mapping and Archaeo-Environment Ltd., Greenhatch used short- and long-range laser scanners from Z+F UK and Leica Geosystems, along with other survey equipment, to digitally capture all the visible faces of the standing and fallen stones, as well as the tops and faces of the lintels, to a resolution of +/- 0.5mm. Surveys of all the stone faces to this level of accuracy have never been achieved before. The surrounding landscape was also captured as part of the overall project to create the most accurate 3D digital model ever of the monument.

Precise 3D digital models

The data captured by the scanners was read into Geomagic Studio software where it was processed to create highly accurate 3D digital polygon mesh models of the individual stones and the surrounding landscape. The individual stones could then be placed digitally in their correct positions to create a highly accurate 3D virtual model of the whole monument, which in turn could be placed accurately within the virtual model of its real-world context.

The digital models are being used for a number of purposes. They provide a precise base-line to enable English Heritage to monitor the physical condition of the monument, which is subjected to daily weathering. They are also a valuable resource to anyone wishing to produce reconstruction models, drawings or images for public understanding and interpretation and to create animation sequences. This will allow experts from English Heritage to fly virtually through and over the monument from different perspectives in order to aid their studies of the stones – and for their work on the proposed new visitor centre at Stonehenge.

Commenting on the scale of the project and its benefits, Andrew Dodson, director, Greenhatch Group, said, “Many of the raw 3D point cloud files from the scans of the stones comprised up to 50 million points, or 1.5 GB of data, each. Without the advanced point cloud processing capabilities of Geomagic Studio we would not have been able to convert them into the accurate 3D digital polygon models that this project demanded.”

“As well as helping people to understand how Stonehenge was built and how it has been changed at certain times in the past”, he added, “the 3D virtual models that have been produced with Geomagic Studio hold out the promise of enabling people to find out the secrets that lie within the eroded surfaces of these ancient stones. They will therefore add greatly to the English Heritage store of knowledge of Stonehenge.”

An online version of the animation is available at: www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/3d-stonehenge-model-unveiled

Published in Geomagic

Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies, today presents the technological fundamentals behind its 3D laser scanners product lines.

“As a developer of innovative metrology-grade measurement technologies, we have based our research and development work on well-defined and innovative technological principles, which has led to the release of several successful and highly accurate, reliable 3D optical measurement technologies over the years”, said Marco St-Pierre, vice- president, Innovation & Technologies at Creaform.

In a nutshell
3D optical sensor technologies can capture a huge number of data observations at very high rates, on the surface of objects. Based on that huge number of data observations, Creaform has developed a new framework to generate very accurate points. Thanks to this technological advancement and based on the concept of intelligent measurement, it is now possible to deliver a very accurate high density set of points, in real time and without noise.

Intelligent measurement process, data framework, real-time processing, calibration and acquisition model are a few keys elements of Creaform’s technological fundamentals that make for more accurate systems in 3D optical metrology.

Journal of the CMSC
Creaform’s president Charles Mony first introduced our technological fundamentals in a presentation he made during the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference last July in the United States. We received great feedback from our fellow metrologists, and the related technical paper was eventually selected by the Journal of CMSC’s editorial team to be published in the fall edition of the magazine - now available.

The technical fundamentals paper is available at: www.creaform3d.com/en/products/technological_fundamentals/default.aspx

Published in Creaform

NVision, Inc., a leader in 3D non-contact optical scanning for over 21 years, recently provided an orthodontic company with the information it needed to recalibrate its CT scanner. The company, an orthodontic supplier, utilized NVision’s Engineering Service Division to scan a human skull as part of the verification/inspection process for its in-house CT machine. The scanning results provided by NVision contained all the measurement data necessary for the orthodontic company to recalibrate its CT machine to the highest possible level of accuracy.

The use of CT scans in orthodontics has increased in recent years, primarily because such scans can provide practitioners with an enhanced view of a patient's facial anatomy. Unlike traditional 2D X-rays, CT scans provide a three-dimensional image of the patient's skull, teeth, roots, and jaw that can be viewed from all angles, providing extra information that can't be obtained soley with X-rays. This information can aid orthodontists and oral surgeons in diagnosing problems and planning treatment.

The orthodontic company needed a high-precision 3D scan of the skull to compare to measurement results obtained from its own cone-beam CT scanner. They sent NVision the skull and engineers began scanning it with NVision’s HandHeld laser scanner.

The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard CAD packages.

“Our scan of the skull confirmed that the orthodontic company’s CT machine, although only 1/1000 of an inch off in its measurements, was in need of some recalibration,” says Colin Ellis, Engineering Manager at NVision. “The company subsequently used our skull measurements as its key tool in the recalibration process.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

INUS Technology, world leader in 3D scanning software, is pleased to announce today the latest release of its turn-key Software Development Kit (SDK) for 3D scanning application development. The updated version of Rapidform.dll™ enables developers to rapidly deploy industry-proven point, mesh and surfacing functions into their own software products with minimal effort.

“This new release of Rapidform.dll adds many great features found in Rapidform XOR and XOS,” said Michelle Baek, Rapidform.dll Business Development Manager. “We are committed to arming 3D application developers with powerful tools that can be seamlessly integrated into their existing software, to reduce their development time so they can focus on providing world-class 3D scanning solutions.”

The latest version of Rapidform.dll focuses on making mesh operations easier and more powerful. The SDK now includes Rapidform’s advanced rewrap, adaptive remeshing and curvature flow improvement algorithms, making mesh optimization easier than ever. INUS Technology has spent more than a decade creating and refining point cloud and mesh processing tools to deliver great results from any type of 3D scanner. With Rapidform.dll, third party developers can take advantage of this expertise and integrate the technology into their own apps.

New features in the SDK include:
# Mesh topology improvement tools
# Mesh editing capabilities, such as mesh Boolean operations and mesh cutting
# Advanced triangle normal repair (to fix common issues with mesh direction)
# User interface APIs for large point cloud and mesh display and selection tools

In addition to the extensive point cloud, mesh and NURBS surface capabilities found in Rapidform.dll, there is also a set of APIs for dental and prosthodontic design from 3D scan data. Developers can create customized dental CAD programs that enable prosthesis design specific to each patient. Great fit, natural appearance and improved aesthetics are all enabled by Rapidform.dll Dental. Ms. Baek remarked that “Rapidform.dll Dental is a superset of the standard SDK that makes developing custom applications for coping, pontic, crown, bridge and custom abutment design fast and easy.”

Learn more and request an evaluation version of the SDK at: www.rapidform.com/products/rapidform-dll. Additional technical information is available at the new Rapidform.dll Customer Service site: dllsupport.rapidform.com. This site has been improved with a community forum, which allows users to interact with Rapidform.dll developers and access rich development resources including sample code.

Rapidform.dll will be offered for a limited time for academic and commercial use at a discounted price along with other benefits from 1 Oct – 30 Nov, 2011.

Published in Rapidform

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions has announced that Paul Teutul Jr. (“Paul Jr.”), owner of Paul Jr. Designs and star of the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, will be appearing in their booth for photos and autographs at Quality Expo. In January, Paul Junior Designs completed work on a custom, FARO-themed chopper to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Teutul’s appearance comes on the heels of FARO’s feature on Discovery’s hit series and the release of the company’s newest measurement arm, the Edge.

“Paul Junior Designs is a valued FARO customer and talented motorcycle fabricator,” explained Kimberly Roman, FARO’s Director of Marketing. “It made great sense to have Paul Jr. to appear at this important show and allow attendees to take photos with him and the bike he built for us. It’s a great fit.” Quality Expo, which runs from September 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is a bi-annual show that provides hands-on access to the newest tools and technologies to help manufacturers and engineers ensure quality and reduce costs.

FARO Technologies will be exhibiting at booth #1000. Paul Jr. will be available from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on September 21st for photos with the FARO chopper and autographs. FARO will also feature each of its innovative products at the show including the all-new FARO Laser Line Probe (LLP), which adds non-contact measurement capabilities to the company’s revolutionary Edge measurement arm. Weighing just 2.8 oz, the LLP integrates seamlessly with the FARO Edge via the device’s quick-change handle port to form the complete Edge ScanArm solution.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com or www.canontradeshows.com/expo/qexpo11

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HP held its annual global Imaging and Printing Conference and announced several new innovations, collaborations, apps and solutions for all types of users – from consumers and small to midsize businesses (SMBs), to enterprise organizations and graphic arts customers.

HP also announced that customer adoption of its cloud-enabled, web-connected print technologies has reached the mainstream, with more than 10 million printers sold to date.

“HP’s history of innovation runs deep, and we continue to leverage that legacy and build on it for future growth,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “While printing in the traditional sense will continue to be integral to what we bring to the world, we are disrupting the market with leading innovations beyond the page as well.”  

Scanning of 3-D objects

Micro and small businesses need the best tools to market and operate their businesses, especially when faced with potentially rapid growth. HP’s innovations help these businesses keep pace with the speed of customers:

To capture images of 3-D objects and scan documents, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is an affordable desktop companion that’s ideal for small businesses or home offices. It is equipped with HP TopShot Scanning, a revolutionary technology that captures six separate images of a document or 3-D object and produces one final seamless image of exceptional quality. With this technology, SMBs can quickly produce high-quality images for immediate use in printed materials or on the web.

For more information, visit: www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/topshot/index.html

Published in HP

threeRivers 3D, Inc., a manufacturer of standard and custom 3D imaging systems, announces the launch and immediate availability of the LC-2-MACRO. The LC-2-MACRO is optimized for 3D scanning small parts such as dental molds, hearing aid impressions, jewelry and other highly detailed parts.

"The addition of this scanner to our product line provides our customers with even more flexibility," commented threeRivers 3D President & CEO Mike Formica. "It was developed in direct response to their request for an affordable 3D scanner specifically engineered for small parts scanning."

The LC-2-MACRO has a working volume of 4” x 3” x 3” and a point spacing of 80um enabling it to capture even the finest details. Sharing the same state-of-the-art high-speed architecture as the LC-2, the –MACRO version has a scan time of 5 seconds for a single view, a resolution of 1.2 Million points and includes an automated rotary turntable for fast, easy 360 degree scanning.

Features and options of the LC-2-MACRO include:

*High Performance – captures 3D data in less than 5 seconds at a resolution of 1280x960 per individual scan; the optional rotary turntable automates full 360° capture;
*Easy to use – an Ethernet interface makes the scanner simple to setup and configure and provides fast, reliable data transfer;
*Robust – all LC-2 series scanners are laser based and are nearly immune to ambient lighting changes making them ideal for production environments;
*Portable – weighing less than 5 lbs, this compact system easily fits on a desktop or can be integrated into a process line; its light weight, small form factor and tripod mount make it ideal for remote scanning jobs;
*Flexible –custom configurations and form factors are readily available; full turnkey systems are offered including multiple scanner and multiple automated turntable support.

“In addition to the standard LC-2-MACRO scanner, we can also offer a SUPER-MACRO version with 2- to 4-times the resolution on a custom basis,” added Formica. “Our unique architecture enables us to configure any scanner to specifically meet the needs of that application.”

For more information, visit: www.3rivers3d.com

Published in threeRivers 3D

INUS Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce that a recent U.S. Air Force-funded study evaluating CAD and reverse engineering software concluded that Rapidform XOR stands alone in its ability to create parametric solid models from 3D scan data. The study was conducted by Dr. Kuang-Hua Chang of the University of Oklahoma and published in the journal CAD and Applications. This study offers an unbiased, expert opinion that confirms Rapidform XOR is the only viable choice for creating parametric CAD models from 3D scans.

INUS Technology invented the concept of creating parametric CAD models directly from 3D scans with the release of Rapidform XOR in 2006, and XOR remains the product of choice for those serious about fast and accurate reverse engineering of physical parts. The U.S. Air Force frequently needs to regenerate designs of decades-old parts, and so commissioned the University of Oklahoma to study both 3D scanning software and hardware to determine the best available technology. INUS Technology had no knowledge of the study or its outcome until it was published in CAD and Applications.

Dr. Chang and his students surveyed the landscape of software available for converting 3D scans into parametric solid models usable in CAD, evaluated and then tested the front runners using practical examples. “We used five different examples in two rounds of testing,” said Dr. Chang. “The first round was surface modeling, and in the second round, we focused on parametric solid building.”

“We found that Rapidform is the only viable option that is able to support parametric modeling and transferring the solid model to CAD systems,” Dr. Chang continued. “When we say ‘viable option’, it’s based on two things. One is the time and effort, the other is the accuracy.” According to Chang, other software “was able to generate a parametric solid model, but it took a long time and the solid model created was not very accurate.”

“It’s very rewarding to see an unbiased study recognizing the value of Rapidform XOR compared to other 3D scanning software,” noted Calvin Hur, INUS Technology’s CEO. “Thousands of customers have already recognized that Rapidform XOR is the best choice for reverse engineering, but this is the first objective study that confirms which software is best-in-class. We encourage anyone considering 3D scanning technology to read this paper to make a well-educated decision on their reverse engineering software solution.”

The entire paper, including technical details of each tested software, is available for free download at: www.rapidform.com/reverse-engineering-study

Published in Rapidform

As automobiles change, so do the demands on suppliers of parts -- right down to the rubber hoses that carry air into the engine, coolant to the radiator, and fluids to brakes and windshields.

Compact engine compartments crammed with components make engineering for hoses more precise than ever, which is why Mackay Consolidated Industries Pty Ltd of Victoria, Australia, invested in a ZScanner® handheld 3D laser scanner from Z Corporation.

Mackay, a Tier 1 auto supplier for OEMs such as Ford, GM and Toyota, produces hoses in progressively intricate shapes and sizes to deal with the shrinking margin for error under the hood. The ZScanner helps the company better perform quality assurance to document that its products precisely match design specifications.

Instead of creating complex fixtures to set up every scanning project, the user in most instances can simply point the ZScanner like a flashlight at the target object, which can be handled and moved during the process to easily capture every surface angle. The resulting image -- triangulated mesh in STL format -- is downloaded into PolyWorks® inspection software, which aligns the image with the customer-approved CAD model. This process produces a highly detailed "heat map" chart pinpointing where the part complies with the specification, and most importantly, where it does not. It's now quick and easy to spot areas that are outside specification and revise designs accordingly.

"We've dramatically reduced the time it takes to scan new hoses," says Arch Tatas, Mackay's quality manager. "It takes us half the time it used to. We just place the item on a bench and go to work. This has helped us transform our quality assurance procedures to save time, improve quality and increase customer satisfaction. These are all valuable results for us."

No more laborious, imprecise hand measurement

Until recently, the company evaluated specification compliance by measuring its products by hand. Engineers used squares and gauges to compare the manufactured product to a two-dimensional printout of the CAD drawing. This process was time consuming, costly, laborious and inaccurate, primarily because of the complexity of the shape and flexibility of the material.

At one point, the Mackay team tried a conventional computerized measuring machine (CMM) for inspection. A CMM requires extensive set up and an absolutely fixed target. The more cramped that engine compartments became, the more difficult and time consuming it was to measure their parts with a CMM. Neither hand measurements nor CMMs provided documentation support Mackay needed.

"ZScanning greatly reduces the time it takes to determine hose specification and, more importantly, provides a far greater degree of accuracy -- both essential in today's competitive environment," said Tatas. Mackay can include the heat map images in its customer documentation to objectively demonstrate the quality of the finished product. This capability has helped the company win General Motors' business in the Asia-Pacific region.

ZScanning is part of Mackay's ongoing companywide technology upgrade program, which has been under way over the past 12 months. "This world-class technology provides a real leap forward in improving measurement and inspection, and in enabling the highly detailed reports our customers increasingly require," said Tatas. "This is where this technology comes into its own."

For more information, visit: www.zcorp.com/en/Products/3D-Scanners/spage.aspx

Published in Z Corporation

As you know, Creaform works tirelessly to maintain its position as a leader and groundbreaker in 3D digitizing. This is why we are proud to launch the 2nd worldwide edition of the PUT US TO THE TEST 2011 challenge.

By entering this contest, you have the opportunity to make the project you've always dreamed of a reality! You know, the project that you've been cherishing for ages, and for which time, human resources and/or required technology you simply couldn't find...

Among the candidacies received, we will pick the 3 most challenging of them to put our 3D Engineering skills to the test...once again.

• One (1) Nothing is impossible! prize ($20,000 value)

• Two (2) Consider it done! prizes ($2,000 ea. value)

Whatever your industry or the scope of your project, we are eager to push back our limits whether we're talking 3D scanning, long-range scanning, inspection, reverse engineering, design or FEA.

Dare to submit your project, even if you are convinced that it is mission impossible! Picture the possibilities ahead of you if you were to be picked out!

For more information, visit: http://www.creaform3d.com/en/contests/put-us-to-the-test.aspx

Published in Creaform

Engineers from NVision, Inc., using the company’s HandHeld Scanner, were able to quickly reverse engineer a large impellor for a major hydroelectric facility, sparing the facility what would have been an extended shutdown had they needed to produce a replacement impellor from scratch. In less than one week, NVision scanned the original impellor and provided a computer model of it to the facility, which then used the model to manufacture a duplicate impellor for installation. In the end, only a relatively short shutdown was necessary to accommodate the scanning and reproduction of the impellor.

The turbines that move the water in hydroelectric plants employ massive impellors to get the job done. In this case, one of the facility’s key impellors had suffered damage that forced the facility to replace it. However, the facility did not possess a computer model of the impellor, which was necessary in order to manufacture a replacement. Without a replacement available, the plant was facing an extended shutdown with potentially high losses in time and money.

The facility’s management contacted NVision to produce a computer model of the impellor. Two days after the initial contact, with a refurbished impellor temporarily in use as a replacement, an NVision engineer was on site to scan the impellor using the HandHeld laser scanner.

The HandHeld scanner is attached to a mechanical arm which moves about the object being scanned, freeing the user to capture data rapidly and with a high degree of resolution. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard 3D packages.

“The HandHeld laser scanner was perfect for this project because its ability to move freely around a part makes it possible to reverse engineer components of virtually any size and shape," said Colin Ellis, Engineering Manager at NVision. “In this case, the spacing of the blades was large enough for the laser scanning head to fit through.”

Scanning took eight hours, and included data from three locations situated throughout the part, with data being indexed into the same coordinate system using geometric features. After the data was collected and processed into an STL mesh, a SolidWorks model was created in two days. The facility received the completed model of the impellor just six working days after first calling NVision with their problem. The computer model was used to manufacture an exact duplicate of the original impellor.

“By using laser scanning to reverse engineer the impellor the facility was able to avoid a lengthy and costly shutdown,” said Ellis. “As a side benefit of the scanning, we found that the impellor being used as a replacement was greatly out of balance, with no easy way of manually checking the part to see where the problem lay. Fortunately, using our inspection software, we were able to rotate and compare the data virtually, allowing precise indication of problem areas.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

University of California, San Diego students preparing for a future archaeological dig to Jordan will likely pack a Microsoft Kinect, but it won’t be used for post-dig, all-night gaming marathons. Instead, the students will use a modified version of the peripheral Xbox 360 device in the field to take high-quality, low-cost 3D scans of dig sites.

Jürgen Schulze, a research scientist at UCSD’s division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), along with his master’s student, Daniel Tenedorio, have figured out a way to extract data streaming from the Kinect’s onboard color camera and infrared sensor to make hand-held 3D scans of small objects and people.

Currently, the researchers can use scans of people made with the modified Kinect to produce cheap, quickly-made avatars that could conceivably be plugged right into virtual worlds such as Second Life.

Schulze’s ultimate goal, however, is to extend the technology to scan entire buildings and even neighborhoods. For the initial field application of their modified Kinect – dubbed ArKinect (a mashup of archaeology and Kinect) – Schulze plans to train engineering and archaeology students to use the device to collect data on a future expedition to Jordan led by Thomas Levy, associate director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3).

“We are hoping that by using the Kinect we can create a mobile scanning system that is accurate enough to get fairly realistic 3D models of ancient excavation sites,” says Schulze, whose lab specializes in developing 3D visualization technology.

The scans collected at sites in Jordan or elsewhere can later be made into 3D models and projected in Calit2’s StarCAVE, a 360-degree, 16-panel immersive virtual reality environment that enables researchers to interact with virtual renderings of objects and environments. Three-dimensional models of artifacts provide more information than 2D photographs about the symmetry (and hence quality of craftsmanship, for example) of found artifacts, and 3D models of the dig sites can help archaeologists keep track of the exact locations where artifacts were located.

As of now, the modified Kinect system relies on an overhead video tracking system, limiting its range to relatively small indoor spaces.

However, Schulze notes, “In the future, we would like to make this device independent of the tracking system, which would allow us to take the system outside into the field, where we could scan arbitrarily large environments.”

“We can then use the 3D model, walk around it, we can move it around, we can look at it from all sides.”

“There may be experts off site that have access to a CAVE system,” he adds, “and they could collaborate remotely with researchers in the field. This technology could also potentially be used in a disaster site, like an earthquake, where the scene can be digitized and viewed remotely to help direct search and rescue operations.”

Schulze adds that it may even be possible to simulcast live reconstructions in the StarCAVE of 3D scans of objects or scenes taken in the field by the Kinect with a standard 3G or wireless broadband connection.

From the Living Room to the Lab

Since its release last November, the Kinect -- now the fastest-selling consumer electronics device of all time -- has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of videogame enthusiasts as well as many university researchers, who have modified the device for use in projects ranging from robotic telesurgery to navigation systems for the blind.

Originally intended to sit atop a television and sense the movements of users playing videogames, the Kinect was repurposed by Tenedorio to capture 3D maps of stationary objects. The scanning process, which entails moving the device by hand over all surfaces of an object, looks somewhat like having a metal-detecting wand waved over one’s body at the airport (if it were done rather slowly by an overzealous TSA agent).

Schulze likens the procedure to using a can of spray paint: “Imagine you wanted to spray paint an entire person. To do a complete job, you would have to point the can at every surface, under the arms, between the fingers, and so on. Scanning a person with the Kinect works the same way.”

The ability to operate the Kinect freehand is a huge advantage over other scanning systems like LIDAR (light detecting and ranging), which creates a more accurate scan but has to be kept stationary in order to be precisely aimed.

“Having a hand-held device is important for these excavation sites where the ground is rugged and uneven,” explains Schulze. “With the Kinect, that doesn’t slow you down at all.”

How it works

The Kinect projects a pattern of infrared dots (invisible to the human eye) onto an object, which then reflect off the object and get captured by the device’s infrared sensor. The reflected dots create a 3D depth map. Nearby dots are linked together to create a triangular mesh grid of the object. The surface of each triangle in the grid is then filled in with texture and color information from the Kinect’s color camera. A scan is taken 10 times per second and data from thousands of scans are combined in real-time, yielding a 3D model of the original object or person.

One challenge Schulze and his team faced was spatially aligning all the scans. Because the ArKinect scans are done freehand, each scan is taken at a slightly different position and orientation. Without a mechanism for spatially aligning the scans, the 3D model created would be a discontinuous, Picasso-esque jumble of images.

To overcome this challenge, Tenedorio outfitted the ArKinect with a five-pronged infrared sensor attached to its top surface. The overhead video cameras track this sensor in space, thereby tagging each of the ArKinect’s scans with its exact position and orientation. This tracking makes it possible to seamlessly stitch together information from the scans, resulting in a stable 3D image.

The team is working on a tracking algorithm that incorporates smartphone sensors, such as an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and GPS (global positioning system). In combination with the existing approach for stitching scan data together, the tracking algorithm would eliminate the need to acquire position and orientation information from the overhead tracking cameras.

A major advantage of the ArKinect is that scan progress can be assessed on a computer monitor in real time. Notes Schulze, “You can see right away what you are scanning. That allows you to find holes so that when there is occlusion, you can just move the Kinect over it and fill it in.”

This is in contrast to conventional scanning devices, where data is collected and then analyzed offline -- often in a separate location -- which can be problematic if any holes are present.

Deleting unnecessary data, in fact, turned out to be the research team’s most daunting challenge. “Simply adding each frame into a global model adds too much data; within seconds, the computer cannot render the model and the system breaks,” says Tenedorio, who is joining Google as a software engineer following completion of his master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering this July.

“One of the primary thrusts of our research is to discover how to throw away duplicate points in the model and retain only the unique ones.”

The Kinect streams data at 40 megabytes per second – enough to fill an entire DVD every two minutes. Keeping the amount of stored data to a minimum will allow a scan of a person to occupy only a few hundred kilobytes of storage, about the same as a picture taken with a digital camera.

Another advantage of the Kinect is cost: It retails for $150. This low price tag, coupled with Schulze’s efforts to make it a portable self-contained, battery-powered instrument with an onboard screen to monitor scan progress, makes it feasible to send an ArKinect with Levy’s students to Jordan.

Schulze’s team is currently writing a paper about the ArKinect project to submit to a major international virtual reality conference.

Other students (all from UCSD’s Computer Science and Engineering department) involved in the project include master’s students Marlena Fecho and Jorge Schwarzhaupt, who helped develop the ArKinect’s scanning algorithm, and master’s student James Lue and undergraduate student Robert Pardridge, who helped with the 3D meshing program that creates surfaces from points extracted from the ArKinect’s depth map.

For more information, visit: www.universityofcalifornia.edu

3D3 Solutions, a cutting-edge developer of 3D scanning technologies, will be exhibiting at Siggraph 2011, the year’s most comprehensive exhibition of products and services for computer graphics and interactive techniques. The company is excited to offer attendees at the conference free 3D face scanning demonstrations at their booth #879.

The face scanning process involves using a 3D scanner to capture an accurate 3D mesh and color texture directly from a human face. The output is especially useful in the video games, visual effects and medical imaging industry. 3D3 Solutions will feature the HDI 3D Scanner to demonstrate live face scanning at Siggraph. Their scanner uses white-light technology to capture high-resolution, color 3D scan in less than 1.4 seconds. Attendees will be provided with the 3D data of their face scans for personal use.

3D3 Solutions offers 3D scanning systems that are flexible in capturing human shapes, art sculptures, and mechanical parts for industrial inspection. 3D3 Solutions has also worked with a number of leading game companies and universities on developing custom high-speed 3D face scanners. In the latest development, the company’s custom face scanner is capable of performing a 3D scan every 0.2 seconds. “People have a tendency to move just by breathing alone and movement affects scan quality,” said Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “With the ability to generate 3D scans almost instantaneously, users will have cleaner, high quality scan data to work with.”

Please visit booth #879 at Siggraph 2011 to learn more about 3D3 Solutions’ 3D scanning technology.

3D3 Solutions is a cutting edge developer of 3D scanning and visualization technologies. 3D3 Solutions' mission is to offer affordable 3D scanning systems that are versatile across many applications using their expertise in white light scanning technology and the latest digital measurement advancements.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com or www.siggraph.org/s2011

Published in 3D3 Solutions

3Shape, a global technology leader in 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions, announces the launch of its latest ConvinceTM 2011 3D Scanning and Quality Control system - a comprehensive solution for 3D digitization and quality control of small, detail-rich objects.

3Shape has immensely improved and expanded its already popular ConvinceTM system to cover a much wider range of applications and market needs. The 2011 version presents 3 new scanners offering different performance levels, along with 2 software package choices - ConvinceTM Standard and ConvinceTM Premium. Additionally, 3Shape has optimized the core ConvinceTM user-workflows, empowering them with even more automation and greatly enhancing user-friendliness.

"In today's competitive climate, more and more companies are seeking technologies that are easy to integrate, easy to operate, and significantly speed up the production workflow," says Birk Plönnigs, Sales & Product Manager, 3Shape 3D Scanning & QC Systems. "They come from all types of industries so we made ConvinceTM 2011 a modular system that is easy to tailor to specific application needs."

ConvinceTM Standard for 3D digitization and basic QC
ConvinceTM Standard software provides generic 3D scanning and creation of digital models for use in digitization or production processes. Scanning output can be used with other market-specific software, such as Jewelry design tools. ConvinceTM Standard additionally supports basic Quality Control and measurement. It is a perfect investment for performing basic QC in applications involving digitization, reverse engineering, and control of 3D manufacturing processes such as with dental restorations or hearing aid shells.

ConvinceTM Premium for advanced quality control
ConvinceTM Premium is full-featured Quality Control software. Building on the proven success of previous ConvinceTM versions, 3Shape has now further developed its array of advanced features for professional measurement and QC. New ConvinceTM 2011 features include full support for measuring without a reference model using self-defined virtual geometries, and the ability to define multiple coordinate systems.

New interface for scan sequence creation
Both ConvinceTM Standard and ConvinceTM Premium versions support 3Shape's highly acclaimed automatic measurement and scan sequence features that empower users with both streamlined workflows and consistent results.

"Automation and user-friendliness remain the core strengths of ConvinceTM," says Birk Plönnigs. "In ConvinceTM 2011, we made the process of creating sequences even easier for users. Once the scan and measurement sequences are established, advanced scanning, measuring and quality control for any part can be performed automatically with a few clicks and repeated in the exact same way every time."

Other new software features in ConvinceTM 2011 include traceability of scanner accuracy by which the user can gauge the Convince system's own generated results, extended point filtering, and a German language software version.

A scanner for every need
ConvinceTM 2011 offers 3 scanner models. The D500 1.3 MP scanner is for entry level users or general 3D applications such as jewelry and art. The Q700 1.3 MP mid-market level scanner is designed with an optimal balance between accuracy and speed. The Q800 is a high resolution scanner with 5.0 MP cameras and is the ideal tool for applications that demand high performance and accuracy, including professional quality control.

The new ConvinceTM 2011 Standard and Premium software plus D500, Q700 and Q800 scanners are now available from 3Shape dealers throughout the world.

For more information, visit: www.3shape.com

Published in 3Shape

Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a global leader in non-contact measurement and inspection solutions, today announced that the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) has named nine additional value-added resellers in North America for its ScanWorks® xyz 3D laser scanning retrofit solution.

“ScanWorks® xyz presents a unique value-proposition to the market because it allows the end-user to expand their existing equipment capability at a fraction of the cost of a new system or alternative scanning solution,” commented Mark Hoefing, Perceptron Senior Vice President. “Leveraging our value-added resellers’ knowledge, experience, and existing customer relationships is the key to successful product deployments. All of the selected resellers have established customer bases in different geographical regions and industries and will allow Perceptron to gain a competitive advantage in the 3D laser scanning retrofit market.”

ScanWorks® xyz delivers all of the components required to add non-contact laser scanning capability to manual 1-, 2- or 3-axis coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), computer numerical controls machines (CNCs) and layout machines.  While an operator sweeps a non-contact laser sensor over the part and captures a precision digital representation at a rate of 23,000 points a second, ScanWorks® xyz software tightly synchronizes the position of the machine and sensor. The end result is a highly accurate cloud of points that can be used for reverse engineering, virtual assembly, engineering analysis, feature and surface inspection or rapid prototyping.

The following companies are new value-added resellers for Perceptron’s ScanWorks® xyz:

Bobier Metrology Solutions, Flint, MI - www.bobiermetrologysolutions.com
Canadian Measurement Metrology, Mississauga, Ont. - www.cmmxyz.com
CMM Specialty Services, Cleveland, OH - www.cmmspecialty.com
Exact Metrology, Cincinnati, OH - www.exactmetrology.com
HS&S Inc., Santa Clara, CA – www.hsands.com
John Blakely Company, Huntley, IL – www.cmmrepairme.com
Measurement Solutions Group, South Glastonbury, CT - www.MeasurementSolutionsGroup.com
MF Inspec, Greenville, SC – www.mfinspec.com
Rapid Scanning Solutions, Seal Beach, CA - www.rapidscanning.com


About Perceptron®
Perceptron develops, produces, and sells non-contact measurement and inspection solutions for industrial and commercial applications.  The products from the Company’s Industrial Business Unit (IBU) provide solutions for manufacturing process control as well as sensor and software technologies for non-contact measurement and inspection applications.  Automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the world rely on Perceptron’s metrology solutions to help them manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce overall manufacturing costs. IBU also offers Value Added Services such as training and customer support services. Perceptron’s Commercial Products Business Unit (CBU) develops and manufactures a variety of handheld visual inspection devices and add-on accessories for professional tradesmen that are sold to and marketed through strategic partners.  Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 230 employees worldwide, with operations in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China and India.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

Published in Perceptron

Does your design organization need a boost? If so, there’s no better time to try 3D printing, rapid prototyping and 3D laser scanning to streamline product design and improve your business results.

Z Corporation, maker of the fastest, most affordable multicolor 3D printers and only handheld, self-positioning 3D scanners, today announced three new promotions to make 3D printing and scanning more accessible to everyone:

Try Before You Buy
Purchase with confidence – organizations in the United States, Canada and other selected regions can try any ZPrinter in their facility for two weeks with no obligation to purchase the printer.

Save $10,000 with Trade-in
Why settle for outdated rapid prototyping technology when you can trade up to the fastest and most affordable color 3D printer available?

* Save $10,000 – ZPrinter 650
* Save $5,000 – ZPrinter 450

Save 10% When You Purchase Two Products
Purchase a ZPrinter together with a ZScanner or ZBuilder, and save 10 percent on both products.

These promotions are in effect from June 1, 2011 to December 15, 2011.

“Our ZPrinters are the fastest, easiest to use, have the lowest cost of operation and are the only 3D printers that offer color in the industry,” said Ed DeArias, Z Corporation vice president of global sales and service.  “We are confident that these promotions will make it more accessible for companies to reap the benefits of 3D printing, rapid prototyping and 3D scanning.”

For more information about the promotion, visit: www.zcorp.com/en/forms/2011-Sales-Promo-ZPrinter-Try-and-Buy-Z-Corp-Website/form.aspx

Published in Z Corporation

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions along with the University of South Florida (USF) announce they will partner to provide terrestrial laser scanning training to purchasers of FARO Laser Scanners. The partnership between FARO and USF marks a significant advancement in education and training in the laser scanning industry. The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top public research universities and is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

As part of this pioneering agreement, FARO customers will receive personalized training from members of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST), USF’s world- renowned team of 3D imaging experts. “This is a great opportunity for our customers to learn how to maximize the utilization and application of our user-friendly products in a very sophisticated way,” said Jeffrey Bouchard, FARO’s Director of Learning and Organization Development. “[USF] is one of the top schools in this field. It’s an honor to partner with them and I think it will be a real benefit to our customers.”

The program consists of three-day training and education sessions at the USF Tampa campus or one of FARO’s facilities in Michigan, California, or Washington. Participants receive a regimen based on FARO’s proven FaroBDA™ process that engages employees and management before, during and after training. Courses will include extensive literature, hands-on use of FARO’s Laser Scanner Focus3D and Scene software training. Sessions will revolve around the principles of scanning, real-world scenarios and industry-specific applications. The intimate, in-depth classes will allow for individualized instructional opportunities taught by highly qualified teachers. Participants who successfully complete the training program will receive a USF Continuing Education Certificate that demonstrates competency in the field of terrestrial laser scanning, and continuing educational credits will be available for qualified disciplines. Registration for the classes will begin late this summer for Focus3D purchasers. Program inquiries should be directed to Lori Collins, Ph. D. of the USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information visit: www.faro.com

Published in FARO

Paperless Parts, specializing in 3D Printers and Scanners, is pleased to announce the first tech day of the summer will take place at their facility on Wednesday June 15th from 1:00pm – 7:00pm. Experts will be on hand to explain the process behind rapid prototyping and what it takes to get a project under way. Using specific software techniques to utilize 3D scanners and full color 3D Printers in order to get prototypes completed fast.

Tech day will include representatives from Paperless Parts, SpaceClaim, and Z-Corporation. Live demonstrations of 3D printing, 3D scanning and an interactive look at SpaceClaim software will be offered for free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own stl or vmrl files for 3D printing as well as an object to scan live. Free food and prizes will be available for those who attend.

“Tech day is a great chance to converse and share ideas with our customers and friends” said James Jacobs, President of Paperless Parts. “Offering this sort of hands on opportunity gives people the ability to get involved in the 3D printing and 3D Scanning process and to see new benefits and applications of rapid prototyping.”

Paperless Parts is New England’s only authorized commercial Z-Corp reseller. A New England Z Corp reseller since 2001, Paperless Parts has printers and scanners installed at a variety of aerospace, consumer product, footwear and other manufacturers throughout the region.

Date: Wednesday June15th
Time: 1:00 – 7:00pm
Location: 165 Ledge Street, Nashua, NH
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Phone: 603.595.1400

Paperless Parts helps leverage 3D CAD data across the product development process. 3D CAD data is unambiguous and communicates not only dimensional requirements but also design intent. The unique tools and prototype services offered are selected to maximize the impact on the design process. They help design products faster, at a lesser cost with higher quality.

For more information visit: www.paperlessparts.com

Published in Paperless Parts

Proto3000 has moved to a larger facility that spans up to 9,000 square feet of 3D inspiration. This new move enables the firm to provide its customers with better solutions for their 3D Engineering challenges.

The firm aims to help businesses "make sure it's right, the first time." Different industries like Automotive, Consumer Products, Toys, Medical, Dental and Marketing firms will definitely benefit from this move as it allows them to acquire improved 3D printing solutions.

Being sure about your product even, while In the early stages of the product design phase, helps all industries make sure that they cut down and diminish any unwanted errors along with the costs entailed during setbacks. Through these solutions provided by Proto3000, businesses, no matter what type of industry they are in, will definitely save a lot of time and money.

Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Products, Medical Devices, Hearing Aids, Toys, Consumer Devices, Mobile devices and other related industries will surely benefit from the firm’s move. One of the main reasons for the said move was to showcase Proto3000's advanced 3D Laser Scanning and Measurement inspection technologies for various industries.

Proto3000 is a leading 3D Engineering Solutions firm that has been serving its clients from different industries with the best rapid prototyping, 3D Printing, 3D Laser Scanning, and Engineering Design Solutions.

The firm's employees have a high level of professionalism as well as expertise in ensuring high quality service and prioritizing professional customer service. Through the 3D Engineering solutions provided as well as their competitive pricing and quality craftsmanship, businesses can definitely achieve success.

Proto3000 boasts of a team of Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Mechanical Engineers that make use of the best 3D Engineering tools in today’s demanding world. This makes the firm stay strategic and innovative at all times. Always dedicated and highly skilled at what they are doing, Proto3000 provides the best systems for Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Handheld 3D Laser Scanning Technology, and Reverse Engineering Solutions.

The firm's move to a larger facility also serves as a solution for their need to showcase the vast array of Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printer systems which allows you to bring your ideas to life. Rubber, Translucent and Digital Multi-Materials allow different industries to produce better prototypes and to successfully create a new product they can present to their consumers.

Proto3000 aims to assist business in developing their word class products through the 3D Engineering Solutions they provide. The firm takes any idea and provides expert services including extensive development and research to create the best products.

The firm's move to a new facility is a step towards of fulfillment of its vision which is to continue leading the 3D Engineering field, while also providing 3D Engineering Solutions to new markets through the use of innovative designs, technology, and people. Proto3000 also puts creativity on course to attain pioneering and unique solutions for customers. Their dedication in being innovative, augmentative, and continuously thinking how they can enhance, and increase their value by being diverse helps them stay on top.

Now conveniently located, you can now easily view a library of Reverse Engineering software in their 3D Room, the Software library available for the product designer and industrial designer in you.

For more information visit: www.proto3000.com

Published in Proto3000

Geomagic, a leading 3D reverse engineering and inspection software developer, today announced the availability of its Geomagic Wrap® OEM Edition software for integrated scan-to-3D solutions.

Wrap OEM Edition is a special version of Geomagic Wrap and delivers fast, professional-grade 3D polygonal models direct from 3D scan data. It is designed for inclusion with a new breed of scanning devices, creating a complete hardware and software solution for accurately producing digital models of physical objects - at a market-changing low price point.   

The software combines Geomagic's automated 3D point cloud merge and registration with sophisticated clean-up tools and rapid, accurate polygon mesh generation. After enhancement with included sculpting, trimming and shelling tools, 3D digital models can be used in downstream applications such as 3D printing and digital content creation for visualization, entertainment, archival and medical applications. Models can be exported in a variety of formats, including STL, OBJ and 3D PDF.

Six scanner hardware manufacturers have already agreed to include Wrap OEM Edition with their 3D scanners. These include Creaform, 3D3 Solutions, 3D Digital, Noomeo, Open Technologies and Vialux.

Creaform, for example, includes Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition with every one of its Gemini and MegaCapturor scanners. These scanners are used for human body scanning in medical, multi-media, virtual reality and other similar applications.

“Creaform’s Body Digitizer products allow very fast scanning of the human body, now bundled with Geomagic OEM Wrap Edition,” said Francois Leclerc, Creaform Body Digitizers product manager, Creaform. “This new package offers Creaform’s acquisition speed and reliability, backed up by the power and performance of the Geomagic software, at a very aggressive retail price.”

Vialux zSnapper digitizers, used for rapid scanning for forensic, plastic surgery and biometric industries, will also be sold as a complete solution with Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition.

“Customers are very excited about our complete zSnapper digitizer solution now that we have combined the DLP® scanners with Wrap OEM Edition,” said Roland Hofling, CEO, Vialux GmbH. “With this agreement, we can immediately provide all the tools they need to do their work.”

"With Wrap OEM Edition, we are very pleased to enable scanner manufacturers to deliver a complete hardware and software solution in a single, easy-to-buy package," said Tom Kurke, COO, Geomagic. "The new price points for these combined solutions will introduce powerful scanning and modeling technology to a new class of customer".

Over the coming months, Geomagic will also rapidly expand the number of scanner partners bundling Wrap OEM Edition with their scanners.

The end-user version of Geomagic Wrap, as well as Geomagic Studio® and Geomagic Qualify™, can be tried out on a free, 30-day trial. Visit www.geomagic.com to register.

Published in Geomagic

Z Corporation will demonstrate a wide range of 3D printing and 3D laser scanning technologies at this year’s RAPID 2011 Conference & Exposition, showcasing the tools that manufacturers, architects, educators and other innovators are increasingly employing to introduce higher-quality designs and products.

The annual RAPID Conference and Tradeshow is North America's definitive additive manufacturing event. RAPID 2011 takes place May 23 - May 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn.

From ZPrinters that pump out multicolor concept models, to ZBuilder Ultra rapid prototyping machines that affordably create plastic prototypes of injection-molded quality, to 3D laser scanners that capture surface data for reverse engineering and inspection, Z Corporation technology supports the entire product development spectrum from inspiration through quality control.

Located in booth #404, Z Corporation will offer live, interactive demonstrations of products such as:

* ZScanner® portable 3D scanners, including the ZScanner 700, ZScanner 700 CX and the ZScanner 800, using Geomagic and Rapidform software for specific applications. ZScanners are the first handheld, self-positioning scanners that can digitize 3D surfaces in real time.
* The ZPrinter® 450, a full-color, easy to use, office-friendly 3D printer delivering advanced color, automation and a print speed five to 10 times faster than any other technology.
* The ZBuilder™ Ultra rapid prototyping machine, which builds durable plastic parts rivaling injection-molding’s accuracy, material properties, detail and surface finish. ZBuilders cost one-third of the price of machines with comparable performance.

To experience the beauty, quality and functionality of Z Corporation parts, attendees will be able to examine conceptual, presentation and functional prototypes created with ZPrinters and ZBuilders, including a large-scale ZPrinted model rocket.

Z Corporation, whose technology is also a favorite of architects who need to quickly and cost-effectively create building models, will offer a special workshop at the show primarily for architects and others in the industry. The 3D Printing for AEC Workshop takes place on Thursday, May 26th at 9 a.m. during the Architecture Breakout session. It features Z Corporation customer Charles Overy, president of the LGM architectural visualization firm, and Olimpio Demarco, Z Corporation's director of business development. This session is an AIA approved course and earns 1.5 CEU credits for attending members.

Z Corporation will also participate in the annual RAPID Puzzle Challenge, hand out samples of multicolor 3D printed models, and hold a drawing for a Flip camcorder.

Z Corporation senior executives will be on hand to listen to attendees’ product development priorities and discuss which rapid prototyping and 3D scanning technologies can best meet their needs.

Z Corporation 3D technologies help product designers, engineers and architects create the right designs the first time. Professionals use ZPrinter 3D printers, ZBuilder Ultra rapid prototyping machines and ZScanner 3D laser scanners to compress the design cycle, generate new concepts, communicate clearly, foster collaboration, and reduce errors. These solutions span the entire 3D CAD/BIM design process from concept through design verification.

For more information visit: www.zcorp.com or www.sme.org/rapid

Published in Z Corporation

3D3 Solutions, a cutting edge developer of 3D scanning technologies, announces the official launch of FlexScan3D 3.0, the latest version of its 3D scanner software. The company developed the proprietary 3D scanning technology to power its line of HDI 3D Scanners. The software is also available exclusively for engineering and development companies to build custom white light 3D scanners for industry applications.

“FlexScan3D has the ability to interface directly with off-the-shelf cameras and a projector to build a custom 3D scanner,” said Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “There is a wide range of supported hardware options available so users can choose the best combination of speed, accuracy, and cost for their particular application. With the release of FlexScan3D 3.0, we want to offer advanced 3D scanning at an affordable price.”

Major developments for FlexScan3D 3.0 include:

Photogrammetry Alignment: Align 3D Scan Data Automatically
Align 3D scan data automatically and accurately using photogrammetry dots by eliminating the tedious task of manual data alignment.

Multi-head 3D Scanning Using Multiple Scan Heads from a Single PC
FlexScan3D has the ability to control multiple 3D scanners from a single PC to acquire data from several directions. The scanned data is then automatically aligned and merged.

64bit Native Core
Process 3D scan data faster and at higher resolutions compared to previous versions of the software.

Newly Designed User Interface
The new user interface generates complex 3D models fast with a streamlined work flow.

Deviation Analysis
Advanced reporting feature with mesh to mesh comparison.

High Resolution Color Texture Capture
Automatically generates ultra high resolution color maps using a Digital SLR as a texture camera.

FlexScan3D 3.0 Software and the HDI 3D Scanners, which includes with the new version of the software, are now available for purchase. 3D3 Solutions will showcase FlexScan3D 3.0 at Rapid 2011 Conference & Exhibition on May 24-26, 2011.

3D3 Solutions is a research and development company that creates 3D scanning and visualization technologies. 3D scanning systems have typically been available as high-end industrial systems that are expensive and limited to specific objects they can scan. The company’s mission is to offer affordable 3D scanning systems that are versatile across many applications. 3D3 Solutions has expertise in white light 3D scanning technology and the latest digital measurement advancements.

For more information visit: www.3d3solutions.com

Published in 3D3 Solutions

Carl Zeiss has made its METROTOM computer tomographs even more powerful: with CALIGO measuring software which was specially developed to meet the needs of computed tomography, and VAST CT Scan scanning technology that delivers CT reconstructions in a fraction of the time needed in the past.

In addition to the hardware, the software is vital to the performance of a measuring machine. The latest software solution from Carl Zeiss is CALIGO measuring software which replaces the previous standard for the measurement of freeform surfaces in car body metrology. CALIGO is now also available for the METROTOM computer tomographs. As 64-bit software, CALIGO is particularly well suited to process the large quantities of data generated in computed tomography. A modern 3D CT reconstruction with METROTOM generates up to eight gigabytes of data.

Fast and easy
CALIGO makes metrotomography faster in many aspects: during the programming process, the user can create and save templates in just a few steps. This accelerates the programming of new parts. The software also enables faster visualization of the volume data and a faster comparison of the respective part and CAD model, and therefore quickly delivers the plan-actual comparison needed for downstream processes. Furthermore, CALIGO is easy to use; operators can now modify the user interface to meet their needs.

Scanning increases productivity
With VAST CT Scan, Carl Zeiss has also developed a new technology that can deliver images up to ten times faster if needed. Carl Zeiss has thus achieved a breakthrough that provides measuring technicians with considerable advantages regarding flexibility. Depending on the requirements, users can decide if they need a fast measuring result with somewhat less resolution, or a high-resolution result that takes longer. With VAST CT Scan from Carl Zeiss, users influence their measurements based on the speed requirements.

Fast repeat thanks to the repetition mode
Measuring programs often have to be repeated. Thanks to the Repetition Mode, this will be considerably easier on METROTOM in the future. Numerous parts are manufactured using a single tool. The quality inspection of these parts always follows the same pattern. From now on, technicians only need to program METROTOM once: the system remembers these settings and inspects the remaining parts at the push of a button. This enables non-expert users to quickly and easily perform the repeat measurements.

"Computed tomography is now well established in industrial metrology. With CALIGO software and VAST CT Scan technology, we have enhanced the metrotomographs from Carl Zeiss considerably regarding performance," says Dr. Huber Lettenbauer, who is in charge of the Systems & CT business unit at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology.

For more information visit: www.zeiss.com/metrotom

Published in Carl Zeiss

After experiencing significant frustration and sub-standard scanning results, the NAS contacted NVision, which regularly works with every branch of the U.S. military and specializes in providing scanning solutions and customized, on-site training in the use of laser scanners for reverse engineering. An NVision engineer traveled to the base and spent four days extensively training its personnel on site in the use of laser scanning equipment and software. "Our on-site training with actual parts is one of the reasons why NVision's work with the military continues to grow," says Colin Ellis, Engineering Manager at NVision. "NVision is unique in that we provide full turnkey solutions from start to finish including training instead of having clients purchase separate hardware, software, and training from different places, which happened in this case."

Engineers and machinists at the base regularly need to reverse engineer complex replacement parts for naval aircraft in order to keep the planes and helicopters in peak flying condition. Although this NAS purchased a 3D laser scanner for reverse engineering from another vendor a few years ago, the vendor's lack of a thorough training program limited the ability of its personnel to reverse engineer parts in military aircraft. Sadly, the original training was on parts completely unrelated to those used at an NAS facility and with software not suitable for the station's needs.

The NVision engineer initially had some difficulty using the base's scanning equipment due to its inherent limitations. These issues included a very small laser strip width, tiny stand-off distance, and limited depth of field. Thankfully he was he able to resolve all of the NAS's issues and concerns by providing the facility with two new high-speed portable workstation computers and extensive training on XOR software using the station's own parts and real-world scenarios.

"Fortunately, with NVision's superior level of on-site training and the XOR software, we were able to bring the NAS completely up to speed on reverse engineering their complex parts," says Ellis. "The base now plans to replace their current rudimentary and slow scanner with an NVision high-accuracy and wide-stripe scanner in order to speed up their reverse engineering process even more."

For more information visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Using 3D laser scanning and CAD modeling technology, 3D Engineering Solutions helped The Frirsz Music Company bring its patented violin and cello tailpieces that improve sound and performance to the marketplace. These lighter than wood tailpieces comprised of aerospace metal alloy can now be manufactured for musicians everywhere because of the 3D scanning services and design expertise provided by 3D Engineering Solutions.

The original tailpieces underwent precision scanning, which captured the objects’ high-density geometry and compound surface curvature. 3D Engineering’s 7-axis, laser measuring devices and specialized software allowed engineers to collect data as millions of points and create point cloud files. That data was then used to generate highly accurate 3D CAD models of the violin and cello tailpieces.

“To have an opportunity to replicate in 3D CAD one-of-the-kind violin and cello tailpieces is a great example of bringing an entrepreneurial vision to life,” noted 3D Engineering Solutions VP of Operations, Rob Glassburn. “We helped bridge the gap between inventor and production company, with the assistance of our CAD engineering team.” Senior 3D CAD Engineer Gene Hoppe’s experience in designing tools and fixtures in the automotive and aerospace industry provided the necessary skills to handle some of the complex manufacturing issues of this project such as draft, temperature coefficients, and material selection.

In addition to creating CAD designs and documentation from prototypes, 3D Engineering uses advanced reverse engineering techniques to create highly precise designs from physical parts and tooling, even when little or no design documentation is available. If a component's initial design intent has been partially lost as a result of production process variation or tool degradation, this process can capture the data in real time and provide an accurate 3D CAD model.

For more information visit: www.3D-engineering.net

Crawford Co. is pleased to announce the purchase of a premier self-calibrating 2D/3D parts Laser Inspection system. The scanner will offer Crawford Co. another tool for its' Laser Cutting and Welded Fabrication Divisions. Crawford is the only company in the Quad Cities region to offer 3D scanning technology from VIRTEK.

Crawford dramatically increases throughput with the new VIRTEK scanner. The system is designed for First Article Inspection, Quality Reporting (SPC, ISO, Lean, etc.), Reverse Engineering, and now provides Automatic Formed Inspection.

LASER FAST

The scanner captures over 500 data points per second to make part inspections laser-fast, right on Crawford's shop floor.

LASER ACCURATE

The system quickly performs 100% inspections accurate to +/- 0.002" (0.05mm) for 2D measurement and to +/- .010" for Formal (3D) measurements.

AFM FORM MEASUREMENT

The AFM option on the Crawford scanner makes 3D measurement simple. The system allows for measurement of heights, edge-to-edge or hole-to-hole on interior flanges and raised features on a wide-variety of materials. This system replaces the necessity of using hand tools for measuring formed (3D) parts.


To learn more about this service or to request an "in-house demo" from Crawford - Contact: Dan Spaete, Sales Manager, 309-788-4573 x53 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information visit: www.crawford-company.com

Published in Crawford Co

Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA), the worldwide leader in 3D scanning hardware and services, announces its 3D Scanning Lab Open House & Seminar on April 14, 2011 to be held at their state of the art lab in Ramsey, NJ.

KMSA, a long time innovator of 3D non-contact scanners used for measuring the three-dimensional shape of objects, will be hosting an Open House featuring discussions on reverse engineering, inspection, product design and rapid prototyping. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples which will be scanned free of charge. Engineers will also be available to answer application questions. The event runs from 9:00 am until 12:00 p.m. – Lunch will be provided.

The seminar is open to all attendees, providing valuable knowledge on Konica Minolta Sensing 3D scanning products, services, usage and applications. Attendees will learn how 3D scanning can benefit their CAD/CAM, product design, quality control and rapid prototyping processes.

Jim Clark, 3D Business Unit Manager stated, “Konica Minolta is the absolute measurement standard when it comes to industrial dimensional scanning and inspection.” “We have been involved in the development and sale of 3D scanning hardware for well over a decade. We want high-end 3D scanning to be available for everyone. Our lab provides 3D scanning and rapid prototyping services to those who cannot justify owning their own equipment.”

Location: Konica Minolta 3D Scanning Lab, 101 Williams Drive, Ramsey NJ 07446
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The event is free however registration is required. For additional information or to register by phone call (201) 818-3526 or online at: www.3dscanninglabs.com

Konica Minolta’s Scanning Lab is a leading provider of 3D scanning services. The 3D Scanning Lab provides flexible in-house service at their state of the art, security enabled and temperature controlled Ramsey, NJ facility. In addition, the 3D Scanning Lab offers on-site staffing and shipping services which guarantee projects are worked on with the greatest care and expertise. The Konica Minolta 3D Scanning Lab utilizes the incredibly precise Vivid 9i and Range 7 instruments to provide fast, accurate, and affordable results. The team of engineers & technicians work from conception to final product ensuring project vision moves smoothly from concept to reality. Konica Minolta’s 3D Scanning Lab offers services in areas such as facial scanning, reverse engineering, part inspection and design & engineering. With over 20 years of 3D hardware manufacturing experience, customers can now look to and depend on Konica Minolta’s 3D Scanning Lab for their complete 3D scanning needs.

For more information on Konica Minolta’s 3D Scanning Lab visit:

www.konicaminolta.com/sensingusa/products/3D-Scanning/3D-Scanning-Services/3D-Scanning-Engineering/index.html

Published in Konica Minolta

NeoMetrix Technologies, Inc., a proven provider of solutions for reverse engineering and rapid prototyping has announced a hands on workshop to be held in Orlando, FL, April 13, 2011.

According to Marcus Kisner, Business Development Manager at NeoMetrix: "With the economic recovery in full swing, we see this is as the perfect opportunity to educate the Orlando market in the benefits of 3D scanning and 3D printing."

NeoMetrix will be demonstrating technology from the following manufacturers:

• Objet Geometries
• Konica-Minolta
• Creaform
• Rapidform
• Steinbichler
• Geomagic

Engineers will also be available to answer application questions regarding 3D scanning, 3D printing, reverse engineering, computer aided inspection and rapid prototyping. Every attendee will have the opportunity for some hands-on experience with each system. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own parts and files to discuss with our staff of engineers.

Our doors will be open from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

For questions about the event or to RSVP, please contact:

Dan Perreault
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888-696-7226 ext 101
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Marcus Kisner
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For more information visit: www.neometrixtech.com

Published in NeoMetrix Technologies

TNG Visual Effects, an expert provider of 3D scanning and motion capture services, today announced TNG Visual Effects (North) with two new Canadian locations in Toronto and Vancouver offering 3D scanning services for clients on location.

Ron Bedard has been named partner and will manage the two Canadian offices.  He brings diverse scanning and photography expertise to the company.  His scanning experience includes dynamic objects such as humans and animals, automotive, aerospace, museum artifacts, medical, marine and clay models. Ron is also a professional photographer. Leveraging his extensive skill set, he specializes in laser and white-light scanning which is widely used in object and character acquisition.

“TNG Visual Effects (North) was opened to meet the growing demand of the Canadian market, increasing accessibility to our services for film, TV and game projects,” said Nick Tesi, founder of TNG Visual Effects. “This expansion also gives client productions the ability to claim tax incentives where available – a big driver in budget decisions.”

Founded by entertainment technology veteran Nick Tesi, TNG Visual Effects offers advanced 3D scanning and motion capture services for clients in film, TV, gaming and commercial industries in Los Angeles and on location around the world – on time and on budget.  TNG Visual Effects (North) provides on-location 3D scanning services throughout Toronto and Vancouver.

The TNG team offers the right mix of technological know-how, mobility, customer service, efficiency and affordability.  They understand how to work with producers, directors and A-list talent, making the most of their precious time and ensuring their understanding of the process.  The investment in digital models can be priceless for some productions – including those where talent is unavailable for reshoots or with long franchises where talents age over the series.  In addition to heads and bodies, the company also scans props such as weapons, buildings, vehicles and any other items needed by production.

TNG clients include Fox Studios, Summit Entertainment, Blur Studio, Acne Media Inc., Evergreen Productions, HBO, Stargate Studios, Spark Unlimited, Troublemaker Studios and Alvernia Studios, among others.

For more information visit: www.tngvisualeffects.com

Published in TNG Visual Effects

We here at Spar Point Group have been working with Ken Smerz, head of Precision 3D Scanning, a service provider doing laser scanning for the construction vertical, in creating what we believe is the first non-profit trade association dedicated to 3D imaging. Essentially, we lent some technical support to help him get a web site off the ground and figure out a couple of the particulars of launching an organization. It will be unveiled at the SPAR Conference March 21, here at the Marriott.

3D Professional Association Announcement:

The world is going 3D and now there is an association to support the education, promotion, and development of those working within the 3d world: The ‘3d Professional Association,’ also known as ‘3dPA’

The mission of this non-profit association is to share information and to educate members regarding anything relative to 3d imaging.

Membership will consist of providers, users, developers, academic community, and vendors. The 3dPA plans on immediately serving the following markets:  Architects/Engineers/Contractors (AEC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), forensics, transportation, industry, manufacturing, power, nuclear, historical preservation, gaming/entertainment, airborne LiDAR, film industry, and scholars.

The association has many goals, but the most basic is to help the membership become successful in achieving their objectives in providing a platform for the fresh exchange of information on 3d imaging on a global basis. The 3dPA will also be a resource for technical information as well as forging new relationships within the industry.

Membership is open to anyone who desires to learn and participate in taking the world 3d.

Additional details will be forthcoming as the launch of this worldwide project occurs at the upcoming SPAR 2011 Conference, to be held this March 21-24 in Houston, TX.

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), visited Creaform Inc. today to announce the results of Government of Canada-funded research and development projects that are supporting commercialization success, such as the company's handheld 3D scanning system. The company received support from the Government of Canada through the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The Minister was joined by several of his caucus colleagues who are visiting other companies across Canada today to highlight similar commercialization successes that are strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians.

"Our government is supporting Canadian companies that invest in research and development to bring new ideas to the marketplace, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy," said Minister Lebel. "Creaform is a Canadian success story and an example of how businesses can succeed when they invest in research and commercialize new discoveries."

Creaform's digital solutions provide high-quality innovative 3D technology, turnkey services and reliable support to enable seamless collaboration in 3D. The equipment was developed, in part, as the result of an IRAP investment, and the system is used by businesses worldwide.

"Programs such as IRAP, together with our strong innovation capacity, our ongoing commercialization efforts, and the quality of our in-house teams, our clients and our suppliers, have enabled us to become a leader in the growing field of 3D scanning," said Charles Mony, President of Creaform.

Increasing business investment in research and development is crucial to Canada's long-term competitiveness. To remain at the forefront of the global economy, Canadian businesses must invest in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow's breakthroughs. Programs such as IRAP are helping businesses innovate.

Canada ranks first among the G7 countries in terms of expenditures on research and development in the higher education sector as a share of the economy.

Canada's science and technology strategy was launched by Prime Minister Harper in 2007 with the goal of encouraging our businesses to invest in research and development and to bring new ideas into the marketplace for the benefit of all Canadians. Through the 2006, 2007 and 2008 budgets, the government provided an additional $2.2 billion in new funding for science and technology initiatives.

Years one and two of Canada's Economic Action Plan built on these investments by providing $6.3 billion in additional funding for research infrastructure, research, highly skilled people and commercialization.

For more information on Canada's science and technology strategy, please visit the Industry Canada website: www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/h_00231.html

Published in Creaform

3D scanners are used today in industrial quality control and for construction and urban planning. These tasks create gigantic amounts of data that push even high-capacity computers to their limits, especially if the data is processed in real time. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken have developed a method of processing huge three-dimensional scans on a standard PC. The researchers will present this new technology at the CeBIT 2011 in Hanover from March 1st through the 5th at the Saarland research booth (hall 9, booth B43).

“The 3D scanner scans the surface of an object and measures the position of every single point on its surface, and in doing so the scan of a building, for example, quickly creates several gigabytes of data”, says Art Tevs, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science. If this method is used to acquire entire cities or large industrial facilities, the amount of data increases many times over. However, three-dimensional scans of objects can be used in a variety of ways, be it in architecture, urban development or industrial quality control. Thus, the researchers in Saarbrücken were looking for new methods to process these enormous floods of data in real time. “With especially elaborate algorithms, it is now possible to process and examine extremely voluminous data from one scan, and this data can be interactively visualized and modified with a standard PC”, Art Tevs explains.

The researchers in Saarbrücken are able to automatically identify recurring structures in objects, for instance, parking garages or medieval buildings, and reduce them to their basic component parts. “The amount of data is then significantly reduced and can be processed more quickly”, Tevs says to name one advantage. Fragmentary data, which occurs if individual objects are occluded at the time an image is made, is also a challenge. “Our software can complete such deficient data. If, for example, the wall of a building is scanned, and the window frames cannot all be clearly detected, we superimpose several partial pictures of frames in order to significantly improve the quality of the image”, Art Tevs explains.

The new software can also detect patterns in the objects. The researchers use this information to virtually, with slight modifications, rebuild them. “We can analyze the structure and details of the component parts and then derive from them a virtual building plan of the object”, the researcher explains. Art Tevs is also a member of the Cluster of Excellence at Saarland University. The computer scientists in Saarbrücken demonstrate how three-dimensional images of scanned buildings can be altered and enhanced.

For more information on the Max Planck Institute visit: mpi-inf.mpg.de

Published in Max Planck Institute

NeoMetrix Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of 3d scanning and 3d printing products and services has partnered with the University of Central Florida Office of Experiential Learning, in Undergraduate Studies to create an exciting new program for engineering students interested in gaining real world experience in the 3D scanning and 3D printing industries.

Co-op students will work part time at NeoMetrix while pursuing their degrees in engineering at UCF.  They will gain real hands on experience with high tech systems like the Konica-Minolta Range 7 3D Scanner, the Creaform MetraScan and the Connex 350 3D printer from Objet.

According to Dan Perreault, President of NeoMetrix  “we firmly believe that this is a win win program for NeoMetrix as well as the co-op students.  We get the additional help that we need, and they get to gain real experience with some of the most advanced technology available in the industry.”

About the UCF Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning, in Undergraduate Studies (http://www.explearning.ucf.edu), promotes and instructs applied learning courses for students, supports quality experiential learning course development among faculty, and assists employers to meet their workforce development needs. Each year, over 20,000 UCF students participate in experiential learning courses including Cooperative Education (Co-op), internships, and Service-Learning.

NeoMetrix Technologies, Inc. (www.3dscanningservices.net) is a leading provider of solutions for rapid product development throughout the southeastern United States, focusing on 3D laser scanning, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping.

Published in NeoMetrix Technologies

Rokstok, an online jewelry design company that specializes in custom wedding rings and engagement rings, is now offering scanning technology in order to better serve their customers. The scanning service will allow brides to scan their engagement ring so that the image can be used to create a custom wedding ring that matches perfectly. The Rokstok jewelry designers will then custom make the wedding ring.

“This is just one more way that we are providing customers with exactly what they need in the way of custom wedding rings,” explains Andrew Moquin, president and CEO of Rokstok (http://www.rokstok.com), an online global marketplace for jewelry, including diamonds and rings of all kinds. “If shoppers want wedding rings that perfectly match their engagement rings then this scanning technology can make that happen.”

Rokstok jewelry designers have over 20 years of experience in the industry and can create any type of custom wedding rings that people would like. Offering online tools, people can even create their own custom wedding rings online in short easy-to-do steps. Often times, finding a wedding ring that will match the engagement ring can be a challenge. But by implementing scanning technology, Rokstok has ensured that customers get just the wedding ring they are searching for.

All Rokstok custom made jewelry comes with a lifetime warranty. They also offer such incentive programs as a lifetime diamond buyback and lifetime diamond trade-up. They also offer a money-back guarantee and diamond price guarantee.

About Rokstok:
Rokstok is a comprehensive online jewelry marketplace that brings together diamond wholesalers and jewelry customers. It specializes in helping meet people’s needs for high-quality diamonds, engagement rings, wedding rings, custom designs, and more. Combined, its staff members have over 40 years of experience in the industry and are all trained by the Gemological Institute of America. To learn more about Rokstok, visit the website at http://www.rokstok.com

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