Sunday, February 28, 2010

3D Scanning Newsletter - February

Case studies this month include:

3D Scanning Helps USA Luge Improve Aerodynamics
- When the USA Luge Team needed 3D models of their sleds for virtual wind tunnel testing, they turned to the team at Direct Dimensions. Using a Konica Minolta Vivid and Faro Arm scanners, DDI not only captured the sleds, but also several athletes to create accurate 3D CAD models for each. Supported with high powered CFD software from the aerospace industry, the US Luge team and their supporters performed complex airflow analysis to minimize drag.

Giant Olympic Sculpture Brought to Life - One of our first 3D projects way back in 1995 was to use the FaroArm to digitize a sculpture model for the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. The 3D data was required for structural analysis. Here’s the classic story about how we first applied an industrial 3D measurement tool to the fabrication of art, something we still do regularly today.

We also highlight the Surphaser HSX Spherical Scanner. If you haven't yet seen this amazing scanner, make sure to check it out. It is the only mid-range scanner on the market; with accuracy great for cars to airplanes!

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