Direct Dimensions founder and President, Michael Raphael, was asked to present on the possibilities of 3D Scanning and Printing at Faro's 3D Documentation conference.
Through compelling visual case studies you can learn how 3D scanning helps make the physical into digital, and how that data in turn can be used to 3D print new objects. Case studies include national monuments, buildings, historic artifacts, consumer and medical applications and face and figure scanning. You can watch the presentation below.
Friday, January 23, 2015
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Monday, January 19, 2015
In 2011 Chevrolet released a short in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., entitled "The Table of Brotherhood." The spot's release coincided with the newly dedicated Memorial to Dr. King in Washington DC.
To have the short filmed and edited in time for the dedication of the memorial, however, it needed to be completed before the monument was finished. To help create the filmed memorial, a small scale maquette of the monumental sculptre was scanned and 3D modeled. The digital version of the memorial was edited into the video. Below are images from the scanning and modeling process, as well as the final video for "The Table of Brotherhood."
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Can you spot the 3D scanning data?
3D scanning brings the complex reality of the physical world accurately into the digital realm – so accurately that we don’t even notice that the effects may not have been filmed, but created digitally in the computer.
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Friday, December 5, 2014
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
If it seems like we're posting a lot of movie trailers for films we've worked on this year - we are!
We've had a ton of fun over the last few years scanning actors, sets, locations, costumes and props for many films and it is always exciting to see our 3D scans showing up in the finished product. Definitely click on over to our IMDB page for a full list of everything we've done and are doing.
And below, check out the trailer for The Cobbler, for which we completed figure and prop scanning for special effects.
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Friday, October 31, 2014
In honor of the holiday, check out this rather amazing zombie ShapeShot:
Monday, October 27, 2014
Considered one of the finest Ancient Egyptian collections in the world, The University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has over 42,000 items in their collection. Direct Dimensions was approached recently by the University of Pennsylvania museum, known as The University Museum, with an exciting 3D project: the museum officials wanted to offer replicas of some of the more special pieces for sale in the museum gift shop.
Given the well preserved condition of these original ancient artifacts, and the museum's dedication to quality and authenticity, it was important that the replicas be as close to a perfect copy as possible. The officials quickly realized that advanced non-contact 3D imaging technology would be needed to perform this task.
For example, with the age of the sculptures dating back to approximately 1300 B.C., it would not be possible to cast a mold off the pieces as this could damage the originals. It was also determined that some of the pieces would need to be reproduced in smaller and/or larger versions than the originals, so direct casting would not work.
With previous experience scanning the sculptures of Matisse and Degas for institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, National Galley of Art in DC, and MOMA, Direct Dimensions provided the expertise to help The University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology complete this project. Working in museums with priceless works of art has become a regular component of our business and growing broader everyday.
The DDI technicians scanned four different sculptures: the Amun, the Headless Princess, the Scribe, and a Kneeling King Tut. An articulating arm-based laser line scanner provided high accuracy and real-time feedback to assure complete capture before heading back to Baltimore to process the raw scan data.
The final digital models were formatted into STL files and fabricated using rapid prototyping to create high quality patterns. Then the museum arranged for a production fabricator to cast the reproductions in a high quality resin material.
The museum-quality reproduction sculptures are some of the most popular items in their gift shop and visitors are thrilled to bring a little piece of Ancient Egypt home with them.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
More of our 3D scanning for VFX showing up in two critically acclaimed films this week.
Our scanning crews went on-site to digitally document actors for both John Wick and Birdman. Check out the trailers below for glimpses of the effects.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Please take the time to view this color point-cloud fly-thru from a recent 3D laser scan of an archaeology site in Maryland. Direct Dimensions used a Faro Focus to scan the historical site.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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