Cyberware 3D Technology Cuts Large Projects Down to Size

MONTEREY, CA - December 17, 1993 - From dinosaurs so real they seem ready to roar, to models of sedans bursting through billboards, Cyberware helps shape the way we see the world.

Kreysler and Associates in Petaluma, CA, uses Cyberware's unique 3D scanning system to manufacture custom molded architectural products, including colossal models found in museums and amusement parks around the world.

The Cyberware rapid color scanner enables a computer to record the shape of an object, whether a hand, foot or dinosaur model, in a scanned format within seconds. The scanner reads 15,000 three-dimensional points per second resulting in an image with a resolution as fine as 0.5 mm. The scanned object produces a geometric model, which can be manipulated in many ways within a software application.

The 3D data can then be used to control automated milling machines to carve out a perfect model, or smaller or larger version, of the original object.

Kreysler recently worked with the Larson Company in Arizona to create life size models of dinosaurs for a museum exhibition at the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, GA. Albertosaur, Talasaurus, Erythrosuchus and Hadrosaurus models were scanned with Cyberware digitizers and life size versions of the monstrous creatures emerged, one towering nearly 25 feet high.

"The paleontologists were very picky about accuracy," says William Kreysler, president of Kreysler and Associates. "With Cyberware, we know we are able to duplicate a model's features more accurately than by traditional manual methods."

"Cyberware equipment helped us to open up this marketplace; now we can get jobs that we otherwise could not have competed for," adds Kreysler.

Face to Face is another company that relies on Cyberware to produce 3D replicas of a variety of people and objects. Their specialized process begins with a Cyberware scan, 2D photographs, vacuuming techniques, plus their own distortion technology. A photograph is laid over a milled model for absolutely real replicas of the original object.

"Within 10 to 20 seconds we can scan a person with the Cyberware scanner and have a perfect replica on our computer system," says Geoff Davidson, vice president of technology at Face to Face in Los Angeles. "Sometimes people think our models are so real they actually come up and talk to them," says Davidson.

Among other projects, Face to Face produces billboards, some with mounted 3D car models and bus shelter advertisements. Past clients include General Motors, Coca-Cola and Phillip Morris.

Davidson says that, for his company, there really isn't any other alternative to using Cyberware equipment. "Before we had Cyberware, we did everything by a complicated sculptural procedure that was very tedious, time-consuming and not nearly as accurate. Cyberware gives us something that is as near to a 3D snapshot as you can get."

Davidson says he finds Cyberware data simple and compatible to work with, and says that the equipment is basically self-explanatory. "It is easy to work with, and you can scan and convert virtually anything," he says, "It all starts here."

The software also allows users to control the model for use with popular 3D applications such as CAD programs.

Cyberware manufactures a variety of hardware and software products for rapid 3D color scanning. These products are used by doctors, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, artists and film makers around the world.