Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Newsletter

Direct Dimensions' end of the year gift to you is a newsletter full of fascinating stories (and one recommendation for a newsletter you should be reading).

Reconstructing Caligula: DDI's expert modelers helped a team of international experts collaborate on the reconstruction of an important Roman sculpture by creating an exact digital recreation.

9/11 Memorial of Maryland: We scanned and modeled steel beam artifacts from the WTC North Tower to aid in the design of the recently unveiled 9/11 Memorial of Maryland

Documenting Two Historical Naval Vessels: We demonstrated the power of the Surphaser HSX and FARO Photon 3D laser scanners at the famous USS Constellation and USS Torsk.

Have you subscribed to LiDAR News yet? Direct Dimensions CEO Michael Raphael and many other industry experts provide regular articles to this newsletter and blog. We recommend checking out this excellent 3D industry resource.


Monday, December 19, 2011

New Men in Black 3 Trailer

The results of our 3D scanning are all over the new MiB3 trailer: actors, costumes, props, vehicles, sets, and locations!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

CMSC 2012 - Call for Papers

Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference: The World's Premier Event for 3D Metrology Technology Professionals

CMSC is holding its 28th annual technical conference and exhibition in New Orleans in July 2012. This technical conference focusing on portable 3D coordinate measurement metrology, provides a professional venue where ideas, concepts and theory flow freely among participants from around the world. Unlike a typical trade show, the focus at CMSC is on education through various technical presentations and workshops. The educational atmosphere encourages attendees to network and learn about the latest innovations in the field of portable 3D industrial measurement technologies and is a great opportunity to share your expertise with your colleagues.

Having attended and participated in CMSC for many years, Michael Raphael, our president, is serving as the coordinator of the CMSC Technical Presentations and Workshops.

You can find the complete details of the call for papers on the CMSC website. In the meantime, if you have any questions, or potential topics for presentations, feel free to contact Michael Raphael at presentations@cmsc.org and see www.cmsc.org for much more.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Project Snapshot: Scanning Giant Teeth

3D scanning is becoming increasingly popular in the field of dentistry - but this is certainly taking it to a new extreme! Direct Dimensions Modeler Jon Wood scans a giant set of teeth for the University of Maryland Dental school using a Faro Arm with Laser.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Angel Perfume Bottle

If you watch TV, you've probably seen the new Victoria's Secret commercial for their Angel perfume.

Direct Dimensions had a part to play in bringing the new Angel bottles to your local store shelves. When the manufacturer needed a precise digital model of the wings for the new bottles, they came to us for scanning and modeling.

Scanning a wing with a Faro Laser Scanner and Arm

Polygonal model of wing

New Victoria's Secret Angel bottle with perfect wings!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Project Snapshot: Lyric Opera House of Baltimore

When renovations began on the Lyric Opera Opera House of Baltimore, Direct Dimensions had the chance to go inside and scan the theater space. We used both a Faro Photon and a to capture the data. This image of the raw scan data is one of our favorites!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Direct Dimensions is on IMDb

You may have seen our post the other day about scanning the Lincoln Memorial and how that digital model was used in the Night at the Museum sequel but did you know that we have since worked on several films?

Make sure to take a look at our IMDb page to see the other major films that we've been working on at Direct Dimensions!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Case Study: Bringing Lincoln to Life

Bringing Lincoln to Life in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

The hit family film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian has been described as ingenious for bringing to life many famous art and sculpture pieces and animating ‘monumental’ figures in our nation’s capital.

At Direct Dimensions, we had a small part to play in supplying pieces of data and graphics necessary to bring the Lincoln Memorial to life.

In one of the movie’s most inventive scenes, the statue of Abe Lincoln seated within the Lincoln Memorial stands up and walks out of the Memorial and onto the National Mall. After being contacted by Rhythm and Hues Studios, our team re-purposed 3D scans of the Lincoln Memorial already stored in our files to provide this essential digital information to the Oscar Award-winning visual effects studio in the form of a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) model.

Rhythm and Hues Studios then enhanced the digital information with animation for the Abe that is seen and voiced by Hank Azaria within the film.

Direct Dimensions originally scanned the Lincoln Memorial at the request of the U. S. Government in 2001 – just after September 11th – to understand how significant cultural monuments could be reproduced, if necessary. Since then we have captured many other National Monuments including the Liberty Bell and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier but the Lincoln Memorial is the first that ended up in a movie.


Monday, September 19, 2011


Last month Direct Dimensions participated in The Studio at SIGGRAPH 2011. President Michael Raphael was a panelist for a round table discussion entitled: Scan, Model, Print.

The above image was compiled from The Studio where in one area participants were scanned and modeled by Direct Dimensions and then could print themselves with some help from the folks at MakerBot.

We look forward to next year!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Direct Dimensions Contributes to 9/11 Memorial of Maryland

The 68 Marylanders who lost their lives on 9/11 will be honored today when the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland is unveiled in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. The Memorial, designed by Ziger/Snead, incorporates three steel beams from the World Trade Center, three limestone blocks from the west wall of the Pentagon and three black granite pieces representing the Flight 93 site in Shanksville, PA.

The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland is unique among other state memorials in its design; rather than incorporating the artifacts into a new structure or piece of art the designers felt that leaving the beams in their original state offered a powerful and reverent memorial of the event.

One of the first steps in creating the design was documenting the existing condition of the beams. Due to the extensive damage it would be nearly impossible to document them using traditional methods. It was also important that whatever process was used to record the measurements not come into contact with these historically important pieces.

These two factors lead the team at Ziger/Snead to Direct Dimensions to learn about how cutting edge 3D laser scanning and 3D imaging could be used to capture the beams for the purposes of planning and design. Of course, Direct Dimensions' President Michael Raphael and the DDI team of engineers were excited to tackle such a unique 3D scan while also helping a worthy cause.

The Direct Dimensions team ultimately utilized two different scanners to capture the massive and complex steel beams. The Surphaser HSX Spherical Laser scanner and the new handheld Mantis Vision F5 scanner were used to digitally capture the complex artifacts in just a few hours. Both of these scanners were able to capture the exact measurements of the beams without ever touching them.

The data acquired from the scan, in the form of large point clouds, was digitally modeled and delivered to the designers. According to Ziger/Snead the 3D model can be used in a variety of ways including using it for 3D printing a scale model of the beams, using the 3D models for placement on the project site and construction questions, and using it for the design of structural supports and fasteners.

The monument will be officially unveiled today in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

You can visit the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland project page to learn more about the creation of the memorial.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Case Study: Parametric Snowmobile Engine

Reverse Engineering an engine to help University of Maryland Terps Racing beat the competition

Every year a select group of students in the Mechanical Engineering program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland in College Park, MD compete in the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition. The FSAE competition requires the team of students to design, build, and race their own open cockpit race car.

The University of Maryland team, called Terps Racing, consistently finishes in the top 10 against 80 to 120 other school programs annually. Aiming for a 1st place finish in the upcoming races, the team is experimenting with a new engine design.

The small autocross cars, usually weighing between 300 and 500 pounds, typically run on modified motorcycle engines. But Terps Racing is experimenting with using a snowmobile engine for the upcoming 2011 races.

During the design phase for a new gearbox for this style engine, the students realized they needed a 3D CAD model of their snowmobile engine so that they could accurately design within the tight tolerances necessary to the mounting points.

Terps Racing approached Direct Dimensions for help with creating a dimensionally accurate 3D model of the engine to aid in their design and we were happy to help!

Here is a review of the major steps in this process:

Step 1) Using a combination of FARO's portable CMM arm and laser scanner, Direct Dimensions' engineer Michael Lent digitized the important geometric interface features on the engine. He then captured the complex casting shape with an attached laser line probe. The FARO system was a great fit for this project because it provides both a contact probe for high accuracy geometric features and a non-contact laser scanner for the complex contoured surfaces.

Step 2) By utilizing a variety of software, including PolyWorks, Geomagic, Rapidform and SolidWorks, the Direct Dimensions engineers quickly merged and modeled the 3D digitized data with the laser scanned 'point clouds' into a hybrid of a parametric solid-based feature model with the watertight complex NURBS surfaces. This file is readily usable within CAD software, such as SolidWorks for the re-design effort.

Step 3) This final hybrid model, which offered both the exact representation of the mounting interfaces as well as the accurate contoured cast surfaces was used by Terps Racing to design their 2011 car.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Get a ShapeShot at SIGGRAPH 2011!

This year at SIGGRAPH the photo booth goes 3D!

Direct Dimensions Inc. will demonstrate the latest version of ShapeShot at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver. ShapeShot creates a 3D snapshot of your face. Users can share their face with friends via the online ShapeShot Gallery.

Along with the launch of new ShapeShot hardware, we've added an online store to the ShapeShot web site. Users in the ShapeShot gallery can purchase products including jewelry, a bust, and even an Easter Island head customized with their face. Users can access the store through their secure account at www.shapeshot.com.

If you are going to SIGGRAPH, make sure to stop by The Studio to see ShapeShot in action.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Free Sample Data!

Every now and then we like to provide sample models for our customers and friends to play around with. This sample data is from the Surphaser Laser Scanner: No other 3D scanner produces such high quality dense data so quickly! Download sample data sets – the quality speaks for itself.


Monday, July 4, 2011

A Plethora of Patriotic Projects

Happy 4th of July!

At Direct Dimensions we've been lucky to have the opportunity to scan many important historical sites, monuments and artifacts in conjunction with the National Park Service and others.

Below is just a sampling of some of our more incredible projects:

The Liberty Bell / The Normandy Liberty Bell - DDI has had the privilege to laser scan Philadelphia's Liberty Bell on numerous occasions. The data we acquired during these scans has been used in several projects, including exact and modified replicas. In 2004, we were commissioned to help create a replica bell without the iconic crack to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the August 6th, 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach by Allied forces. Following a ceremony in Normandy, where the ringing of the Liberty Bell was heard for the first time in years, the completed bell was returned to the U.S. and now rests in Philadelphia.

The Lincoln Memorial – Two months after 9/11, Direct Dimensions laser scanned portions of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC for historical documentation of the ornate design. We were able to capture the marble sculpture of Abraham Lincoln himself, as well as the columns and engravings surrounding him. The scans were aligned together to produce an integrated digital model of the monument that can be used to exactly reproduce the original model.

The Maryland Statehouse – The Maryland Statehouse, built during the Revolutionary War and still in use today, was the site of George Washington's resignation as the Commander of the Continental Army. When the Statehouse underwent major renovations a few years ago, Direct Dimensions was called in to document the original brick of the Old Senate Chamber, where Washington once stood. The scans were aligned together to produce an integrated digital model of the room that can be used to exactly reproduce the original structure.

3D Animated Political Cartoons – Over the years at Direct Dimensions we have had a lot of fun working with renowned political cartoonist - Kal. We scanned his exaggerated clay sculptures, including George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to help him create interactive 3D animated political cartoons.

The Marine Corps War Memorial – The Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is located outside the gates of the Arlington National Cemetery. We were asked to 3D laser scan and image this iconic memorial. The final digital model resulting from the scan data can be used to recreate the memorial or even to create smaller replications of this famous image.

Haven't had enough of our patriotic projects? You can read about more below:

Lincoln Life Mask featured project
Walking in Washington's Footsteps Featured Project
Crazy Memorial Featured Project
Tomb of the Unknown Solider Featured Project


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Direct Dimensions Invited to Participate in the Studio at SIGGRAPH 2011

This year Direct Dimensions is excited to be heavily involved in SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver (August 7-11). We have been invited to participate in the "The Studio", a special, hands on area within SIGGRAPH where 3D industry experts and conference attendees use the latest technologies to create new works, experiment, and collaborate.

Direct Dimensions' President Michael Raphael will also be taking part in a round table entitled: Scan – Model – Print: A Roundtable Chat.

Learn more about the Studio here.


Friday, June 24, 2011

3D Scanning Newsletter - June

In this month's newsletter we officially introduced the amazing Mantis Vision F5 Scanner.

You can read about how the F5 can be used for facility scanning, see a video of the F5 quickly scanning an accident scene, or download a product brochure.

If you haven't signed up for our newsletter yet, you can do so here.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Direct Dimensions Employee Dan Haga Publishes Photography Book

At Direct Dimensions our employees are multi-talented! Modeler Dan Haga recently published a photography book featuring historic industrial facilities (which he is also an expert at digitally modeling).

Entitled Urban Atrophy, this collection of amazing photographs "...will take you to another world, a surreal dream where all the people just disappeared and left everything behind," says Dan. Urban Atrophy is available now on Amazon.com!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Project Snapshot: Iwo Jima Memorial

Coming back from the holiday weekend, we thought we'd post an image from a recent project where Direct Dimensions 3D laser scanned and imaged the The Marine Corps War Memorial.

The memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is located outside the gates of the Arlington National Cemetery. The final digital model resulting from the scan data can be used to recreate the memorial or even to create smaller replications of this iconic image.

We'll be talking about this project more in depth in an upcoming newsletter, so if you haven't subscribed to our newsletter make sure to do so!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Case Study: Scanning the Wright Brothers Propeller

Direct Dimensions’ 3D Laser Scanner Helps Recreate the Wright Brother’s First Flight

In 1903 at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers took the first sustained heavier-than-air flight by a human. Ninety-five years later Direct Dimensions had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to laser scan one of the two original propellers from that airplane.

Direct Dimensions had been approached by the Wright Experience, a Virginia company that rebuilds historical airplanes, about recreating the Wright Brother’s first plane for the upcoming centennial celebration. This project would require a reproduction of these propellers, now famous cultural artifacts in two different museums.

The Wright Experience team needed accurate dimensions from one of the original propellers as originally designed by the Wright Brothers. Direct Dimensions was brought in to “reverse engineer” the complex airfoil shape in order to make an accurate digital 3D CAD model. From this data, the original propeller design could be analyzed “virtually” with advanced software to understand its performance, and then also be used to manufacture accurate replicas.

Well in advance of the upcoming December 2003 centennial anniversary celebration of this first flight, DDI engineers, along with our partners at the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, traveled to a major restoration facility for the U.S. Park Service in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. We brought along what were then the latest 3D scanning technologies - a Silver FARO Arm paired with a Kreon laser line scanner.

This combination of 3D technology and reverse engineering experience proved ideal for this very exciting project. The non-contact laser scanner captured the intricate detail and complex shape of the hand carved wood propeller and then our engineers processed this data into the final digital model.

We’re not sure who was more excited about the project: our engineering team for getting to see the original Wright Bros. propeller, or the Park Service conservation team for getting to see our fancy 3D laser scanner!

There are several reasons why this project was so intriguing for our staff at Direct Dimensions. For one, some of our engineers have an aerospace background and we work regularly on modern airplanes, helicopters, satellites, and missiles - all of which were derived from the Wright Bros. work. It is also interesting since the FaroArm was originally conceived for the measurement of a modern airplane component, called a thrust reverser. The project was also very appealing because Direct Dimensions performs many projects for capturing and documenting historically significant artifacts.

Direct Dimensions continued working with the Wright Experience team for several years and captured a dozen other original Wright Bros. propellers from 1903 thru 1911 in various museums and collections around the country. Most of these propellers were also reverse engineered and remanufactured for other Wright airplane model replicas. In addition, several of these propellers were tested by NASA in modern wind tunnels to understand the performance of these early designs.

Regarding these tests performed by NASA, Michael Raphael, founder of Direct Dimensions and one of the engineers who worked on this project, explains, "As we were told by historians during the project, by 1911 the Wright Bros. essentially perfected the propeller to some 80 percent power efficiency. Today's best propellers produce 85 percent efficiency. So from 1903 thru 1911, the Wright Bros. got it nearly perfect compared to our best engineers and powerful computers today. This is why NASA is trying so hard to figure out how they did it."

Direct Dimensions is proud to have been part of such a historically significant project using what we think will become historically significant technology. Over the years that have followed, we have applied this same type of scanning systems to such famous original objects as the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, many Matisse and Degas sculptures, and many more. Please visit our website to see a glimpse of this work and also visit the Wright Experience to learn more about the replica Wright Bros. airplanes.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Featured Project - Digitally Preserving the Lincoln Memorial

Preserving America's National Monuments

In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial we'd like to talk about a scan project that we were privileged to participate in: the 3D scanning of the Lincoln Memorial.

A few weeks after September 11, 2001, representatives from the U.S Government approached Direct Dimensions with a very special request. For obvious reasons, various agencies and organizations had suddenly become interested in documenting significant American cultural landmarks, monuments, and structures in case of similar catastrophic events. The group asked Direct Dimensions to demonstrate its developing capabilities for 3D laser scanning and digital modeling and they even offered up the Lincoln Memorial for this effort.

The DDI scanning team mobilized for a planned one day on-site demonstration on a rainy chilly day in late December 2001 for a broad audience that included high ranking officials from the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institute, the Architect of the Capitol’s office, and the Historic American Buildings Survey.

Using a portable long-range spherical laser scanner mounted on a tripod, they gathered millions of 3D data points from nearly twenty different scan positions focused mostly on the front entrance area of the Lincoln Memorial and the main interior chamber containing the famous sculpture. During each scan, the system captured thousands of XYZ data points per second yielding a real-time 3D picture of the scene with accuracy to about +/-6 millimeters (0.25 inches).

During the next several weeks back at the Direct Dimensions facility in Baltimore, the team processed the raw scan data sets into a 3D mesh model using PolyWorks software. They also incorporated some of the traditional blueprint architectural records provided for the facility. This resulting 3D digital model ultimately included the front steps of the Lincoln Memorial, several of the front columns, elements from the main interior chamber, and of course much of marble Abe Lincoln seated on the marble throne.

To further demonstrate the potential and value of capturing such important artifacts in high definition 3D digital media, Direct Dimensions collaborated with the U.S. Army’s Advanced Digital Manufacturing group at Aberdeen Proving Ground to fabricate a 20-inch long scaled physical reproduction using rapid prototyping, or 3D printing, of this Lincoln Memorial model including the sculpture of Abe Lincoln. Making this physical model demonstrated the ability to not only capture the complex shapes digitally, but also that the artifacts can be reproduced physically using computerized manufacturing technologies.

Direct Dimensions is proud to have performed this project and has continued advancing its capabilities and technologies for accurately capturing such precious artifacts. Please visit our website at www.directdimensions.com to learn more.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Andy Monument: New Sculpture Based on 3D Scanning and Imaging Unveiled Today in NYC

(Photo: Konstantin Bojanov/Courtesy of the Public Art Fund)

The Andy Monument, a sculpture of Andy Warhol by artist Rob Pruitt, is being unveiled today in Union Square at the corner of 17th and Broadway.

The 10 foot tall sculpture is a part of the Public Art Fund's exhibitions for 2011. According to Nicholas Baume of the Public Art Fund, "Pruitt’s sculpture adapts and transforms the familiar tradition of classical statuary. The figure is based on a combination of digital scanning of a live model and hand sculpting." To complete that scanning, Pruitt worked with Direct Dimensions to help recreate the spirit of Warhol.

Scanning the Live Model

Mr. Pruitt and a live model traveled to Direct Dimensions office in Owings Mills, MD for a day of scanning with our full arsenal of products, including the ShapeShot 3D Facial Capture System, the Surphaser HSX Laser Scanner, a patch scanner and a Faro arm with laser scanner. Mr. Pruitt directed the shot, dressing and posing the model. In addition to the live model, separate objects such as a shopping bag and Warhol wig were scanned to add detail to the final sculpture.

Raw Scan Data of the Live Model

The digital imaging was completed with Innovmetric's Polyworks software and Zbrush software. Once the individual models were complete, each of the individual elements such as the body, head, hair wig, bag, and camera were combined to create a high resolution 3D model.

With the 3D model from the live scan complete, Direct Dimensions then digitally sculpted Andy Warhol’s face and head in Z-Brush from photographs provided by Mr. Pruitt. The Warhol bust was then digitally stitched to the live scan model to provide the artist with a complete realistic digital recreation of Andy Warhol.

Mr. Pruitt envisioned a stylized presentation of the portrait for his monument. Working with our modelers Mr. Pruitt directed modifications to the pose, facial expression and surface characteristics to achieve his final vision.

Rendering of Final Pose from Multiple Angles

The 3D data was used to help create the final sculpture, which was surface-finished in chrome and will stand on the corner of Broadway and 17th through October 2, 2011.

You can read more about the project on the Public Art Fund's project page.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free Sample Models! Sample Surphaser 3D Data

Known for its unsurpassed accuracy, speed, and ease-of-use, the Surphaser is ideal for rapidly capturing as-built objects of mid-range size including cars, planes, military vehicles, boats, monuments, rooms, buildings, and even people! Applications include reverse engineering, quality control, historical preservation, architecture documentation, and forensic reconstruction.

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You can read more about the Surphaser HSX Laser Scanner here.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pterosaur Launch Animation

Last week we posted a case study about scanning Pterosaur bones to help research their launch sequence and how they were able to get their massive wings into the air.

Julia Molnar, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University department of Art as Applied to Medicine, used the 3D data to create an animation of what the launch sequence may have looked like.

The below video is a great example of how 3D laser scanning and imaging is aiding in diverse scientific research on a regular basis.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Case Study: 3D Imaging Brings Dinosaur Bones to Life

At Direct Dimensions, we love to 3D laser scan important historical treasures. Perhaps one of the oldest items we've gotten our scanners on is a Pterosaur we scanned for Johns Hopkins University.

Pterosaurs, known more commonly as pterodactyls, lived in the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous period. Pterosaurs are particularly notable because they are the first known vertebrate creatures to have evolved winged flight and could grow quite large—the largest known pterosaur had a wingspan of about 33 feet. However, because their bones were hollow bones, the skeletons preserved very poorly, as they are often crushed by the weight of sediment. So when you find a good skeleton, there is much to study about these great creatures.

This is what Julia Molnar, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University department of Art as Applied to Medicine, brought to Direct Dimensions – a set of bone castings from a well preserved pterosaur skeleton. For her masters thesis project, Ms. Molnar was studying the way in which pterosaurs would have taken flight. Very little is known about their launch sequence, and how such an enormous creature could vault into the sky without dragging its giant wings along the ground.

Thus the challenges – digitize the cast pieces, assemble correctly into a complete skeleton, and help formulate the 3D motion sequence for the ancient creature within the computer.

Step 1: Direct Dimensions scanned the castings of the 8-foot pterosaur skeleton with a FARO Arm equipped with the FARO laser line scanner. The FARO laser scanner also collects precise data without ever having to physically contact its target. The fragments were each scanned in two positions—one with the limbs folded inward, as they would have been when the pterosaur was grounded or at rest, and the other with the wings fully extended, as they would have been in flight.

Though there were some difficulties during the scanning process, they did not prove insurmountable. Ms. Molnar described the process: “The scanning was challenging because there were many undercuts, particularly around the ribcage, and the casting is very fragile. I was really impressed with the way they handled the challenges.”

With Molnar helping explain how the components go together, technician Jon Wood created two 3D digital models of the entire pterosaur skeleton - one for each of the two positions: on ground and in flight.

With these completed digital 3D models, Ms. Molnar then created a 3D animation to show the launch movement. Working in a software program called 3D Studio Max, she applied the constraints that paleontologists had previously discovered about pterosaur flight to animate the transition between the closed, resting position and the open flight position. She discovered that pterosaurs very likely had a quadrupedal launch—a two-phase motion that pressed upwards with the hind legs and then followed that with a forward vault motion using its forelimbs. This technique enabled the pterosaur to clear the surface without dragging its wing tips along the ground.

At Direct Dimensions we were thrilled to have used our 3D laser scanning and digital modeling skills to advance the research of this prehistoric creature. We hope to have more projects like this in the future. There are no limits to how we can use our innovative 3D technologies to uncover our world’s most ancient secrets.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CMSC 2011 Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to March 18th

Abstracts' deadline has been extended to March 18th for the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) in Phoenix, Arizona

The Coordinate Metrology Society, the preeminent membership association for measurement professionals, has announced their "Call for Papers" in anticipation of the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC). The 27th annual event will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from July 25-29, 2011.

Metrology professionals are invited to submit a 500-word abstract for presentations and technical papers covering industry best practices, scientific research and developments, and successful applications of 3D coordinate measurement systems. The CMSC is the only North American conference dedicated solely to users of portable, high-precision measurement technology used to inspect manufactured and assembled components on the factory floor.

Abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Coordinate Metrology Society and considered for presentation at CMSC 2011. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to March 18, 2011. To submit an abstract for CMSC 2011, e-mail Michael Raphael, Technical Presentations Coordinator at presentations@cmsc.org. Guidelines for presentations and technical papers can be downloaded at 2011 CMSC Guidelines.