New Interface and Software Products Augment Cyberware Rapid 3D Scanners

MONTEREY, CA - August 17, 1993 - Cyberware has announced the availability of a SCSI hardware interface, animation support software, enhanced support for rapid-prototyping systems, and a technique for efficiently adding motion to 3D scanned figures. These introductions extend the usefulness of the company's rapid 3D color scanners.

The new SCSI hardware interface permits Cyberware scanners to connect to any computer that has a SCSI port. The scanners formerly interfaced via Ethernet. Use of the popular SCSI standard simplifies configuration and makes connections easier to a PC, Macintosh, Amiga or popular graphics workstation. SCSI will now be a standard feature of Cyberware scanners.

The new animation support software provides a straightforward way to facilitate the animation of 3D objects. The support package combines Cyberware's polygon-reduction software, Cymage, with an interface to products from Softimage, ElectroGIG, and Wavefront. The animation support package allows users to scan a 3D object, reduce the resulting database to a manageable number of polygons, and create a database suitable for input to the animation process. Current releases of Cyberware's scanning software include the Cymage package; existing users can obtain an upgrade at a nominal cost.

Another feature of the latest Cyberware software release is the ability to generate Stereolithography Type Files (STLs). STL is a de facto industry standard for a variety of rapid prototyping systems. These systems use a stereolithography technique to build up layers of plastic or resin into a 3D solid. Users can create prototypes of a complex object, such as an automobile carburetor, without the expense of casting or injection molding. STL support makes it easy to reproduce the results of a Cyberware 3D scan on virtually any stereolithography system.

Cyberware, in conjunction with SuperFluo (Los Angeles, CA), has also introduced a new animation technique that combines live-action movements with scanned images. The technique uses a SuperFluo motion-capture device, Elite, that gathers movement data from a subject on which small position markers have been placed. On a human dancer, for example, the markers would be on each of the dancer's joints. The SuperFluo movement data can then be correlated in software with a Cyberware 3D scanned image, allowing the scanned image to mimic the live-action movements. For more information on SuperFluo, contact Umberto Lazzari at (213) 666-2547.

Cyberware 3D scanners capture an object's shape and color in 17 seconds, without touching the object. The resulting 3D model is displayed instantly on a graphics workstation, where the model can be resized, measured, combined with other models, and edited in a variety of ways. Scanned objects can also be reproduced using automated milling machines or rapid prototyping systems.

Cyberware scanners are used in applications such as artistic product design, CAD/CAM, research, animation and special effects for film, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, medical appliance design, anthropometry/ergonomics, and personal portrait sculpture.