Friday, March 30, 2012

Congrats to Sculptor Zachary Oxman

Our customer, Zachary Oxman, won a national commission to create a sculpture of Duke Ellington for the city of Washington, DC. After a 5 year process the sculpture was installed yesterday.

Mr. Oxman is known for his bronze art work as well as monumentally-sized stainless steel outdoor sculpture installations. His work can be found in many important collections, including the Permanent Collection of the Clinton Presidential Center.

Mr. Oxman, an artist who often leverages new cutting edge technologies, had previously worked with Direct Dimensions on a project which included maquette scanning for a monumental sized sculpture. In the case of the Duke Ellington sculpture, we worked with him on some structural dimensional design challenges that ultimately helped him finalize his sculpture for production.

Congrats on a beautiful piece!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Virtual Restoration of Ancient Sculpture in LiDAR News

Direct Dimensions President Michael Raphael has been a long-time, regular contributor to LiDAR News.

His most recent contribution details an amazing project we worked on where our team helped reconstruct a rare ancient sculpture of the Roman Emperor Caligula. From LiDAR News:

This article explains how we used “other” 3D equipment from one of the more common OEMs in the general laser scanning business - FARO Technologies, to capture the intricate geometry of an ancient Roman marble sculpture. Sure, you’ve read about us and others 3D scanning art and sculpture - modern and historic. But not many 3D projects involve teams of international experts to collaboratively create, review, and ‘virtually repair’ ancient art with this level of technical and academic precision.

Is your interest piqued? You can read the rest of the article on the LiDAR News site. You can also read more about the project on Direct Dimensions' website: Reconstructing Caligula.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Scanning Actors for The Hunger Games

One of the most anticipated films of the year opens this Friday and Direct Dimensions had a part in bringing a crucial scene to the big screen.

Last year we had the chance to 3D scan and model an actor playing one of the tributes using our one-of-a-kind ShapeShot 3D facial capture system.

The 3D model we created was used to create special effects for a very important scene between Katniss Everdeen (the main character) and another tribute.

Check out our IMDB page to see other films that have used our 3D scanning to create special effects.

Happy Hunger Games!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Project Snapshot - ShapeShot Bust

We scanned contest winner Kyle with our ShapeShot 3D facial capture system to create his prize bronze bust.


Monday, March 12, 2012

More NextGEN-M Details

Hold the Date for NextGEN-M on Friday, April 27, 2012

If you are interested in rapid technologies and smart manufacturing this event is for you. We are bringing together manufacturers, designers, entrepreneurs, educators, techies, and all who see a future for rapid tech in the Baltimore Region. You will learn how rapid tech is being applied in industries to include manufacturing, forensic, medical, art, and military. Technologies include 3D imaging, 3D designing & modeling, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), laser cutting and CNC milling (subtractive manufacturing).

You can learn all this and more at NextGEN-M: Rapid Tech for Make + Manufacture on Friday, April 27, 2012 (see link for speakers, details and registration).

This full day event is designed to:

1) Show you rapid technologies (exhibits)

2) Introduce you to companies using this technology

3) Allow you to talk with experts in the field, and

4) Invite you to be part of the constellation of rapid tech leaders and learners in the Greater Baltimore Region.

Do you have rapid tech to showcase? Exhibitor space is available. See website for details.

For any questions, feel free to contact Michael Raphael 410-998-0880, or Mike Galiazzo of RMI at 410-771-8111.