Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Using 3D Technology to Restore Destroyed Monument

Check out this preview of a documentary of the digital restoration of the Richmond Monument at Monument Church in Richmond, VA. Direct Dimensions used 3D laser scanning to document and then digitally repair the destroyed monument. The final 3D model was used to restore the monument that had been damaged by environmental factors.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LiDAR News Profiles 3D Industry Pioneer Michael Raphael

In the October issue of LiDAR News editor Gene Roe introduced a new column, 3D Industry Pioneers. And who did he choose to feature as his first pioneer? None other than our very own CEO, Michael Raphael.

From the profile:

I really did not have any trouble deciding who would be my first interview. Although there are many worthy candidates, I chose Michael Raphael the founder of Direct Dimensions. Michael was one of the early supporters of the LiDAR News blog and from my perspective he has as much experience in the 3D dimensional measurement business as anyone. I say it that way because Michael has such a breadth of knowledge, both in the metrology and medium/long range 3D scanning worlds. 

Click here to read the rest of the profile and learn more about Michael Raphael, the 3D Industry and Direct Dimensions.


Monday, October 22, 2012

3D Scanning and Printing Help Emerging Artist Create Realistic Sculpture

The staff at Direct Dimensions is passionate about a lot of things: movies, music, video games, history and art, just to name a few of our favorite topics and pastimes. We consider ourselves extremely lucky that we often have the opportunity to work on projects that correspond to our passions and we get very excited when we have the opportunity to use our 3D scanning tools to lend a helping hand in fields that we love.

One such opportunity arrived recently when emerging artist Josh Kline posted to the Parsons School of Design website looking for someone with 3D scanning and modeling abilities to help him with his new piece for an upcoming exhibition at MoMA’s PS1. Mr. Kline embraces new technologies (like 3D scanning and printing) to make a statement in his sculptural work.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Case Study: Reverse Engineering Molds

Reverse Engineering Helps Save the Planet: 3D Measurement Firm Creates CAD for Green Kitchen Products

Industrial designers and consumer product companies have long understood the value of digital data for their design and manufacturing processes. However, the organic shapes so common in our everyday products present workflow challenges even for the best CAD platforms. Consequently designers have turned to 3D scanning and reverse engineering technologies for help. Today 3D scan data is used for part & tool inspection, product redesign and analysis, rapid prototyping, packaging design, and even virtual models for marketing and consumer testing.

Recently the marketplace has been changing as consumers demand more eco-friendly products. Industry surveys indicate that the interest in green products continues to grow, even in the current economy. While this is great for the planet, it is also good news for 3D scanning companies who are seeing a growing thread of business evolve as consumer goods firms redesign existing products to utilize new environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

DDI at RMI 3D Printing seminar & Bmore Historic 2012

Today we are two great events:

RMI of Maryland is hosting (and Direct Dimensions is sponsoring) Rapid Tech Leaders + Learners – How Manufacturers are Using 3D Printers + Rapid Technologies - a great opportunity to learn about Rapid Manufacturing in Maryland.

We're also attending Bmore Historic 2012, a " participant-led unconference on public history, historic preservation and community development in the Baltimore region and across the state of Maryland." We're excited to share the work we've been doing 3D scanning buildings for historic preservation, like the Druid Hill Arch preservation project

and the Clipper Mill Tractor Building.