Cyberware Scans the Future

MONTEREY, CA - June 15, 1994 - When the future takes shape, scan it with breakthrough Cyberware technology - CyZip, CySurf, and the MM Compact Motion Platform Scanner, to be demonstrated at SIGGRAPH '94.

The latest innovations from Cyberware, the leader in 3D scanning science, are literally and figuratively new directions in digitizing. Three new scanning products make it possible to scan and digitally reproduce a multitude of complex objects.

CyZip, the key element in the design of Cyberware's Whole Body Scanner, is software specifically for building models from multiple scans.

Complex objects require multiple cylindrical and linear scans, which has traditionally been problematic for engineers who must construct one surface model based on the information obtained in several scans. CyZip solves that problem by combining all of the information into one continuous data set.

CyZip uses the cylindrical scan as a "registration" onto which the other scans are anchored. Then the software matches the points and adjusts the position of each scan until they are in alignment. The geometric relationship of the various areas can be arbitrary. CyZip will calculate the best alignment. The registration scan is then removed. Finally, the aligned scans are "zippered" together into a continuous mesh that has a greater facility for manipulation.

CySurf, another new Cyberware software product, creates B-spline surfaces from Cyberware scans. Reducing polygons often causes detail to totally wipe out. But now CySurf can shred a scan into a clean NURBS wave. CySurf can create surfaces with a greatly reduced number of control points and allows a good fit with a minimum of artifacts.

The CySurf user-interface fits surfaces to Cyberware scans with awesome quickness. Simply select the region of the scan for which surfaces are desired and CySurf calculates the optimum control point arrangement. Then the software fits the best looking B-spline surface. Detail can be augmented by manipulating force points and force lines to bend the surface to follow the features of the scanned object.

When modeling or rendering, B-spline surfaces appear as authentic as the original scans. They have the advantage of compact storage, and can also be manipulated in a surface modeler.

The MM Compact Motion Platform, especially designed to support rapid color 3D scanning, will give users total freedom in scanning small, complex objects. Smaller and more affordable than Cyberware¼s popular MS, the MM is a linear/cylindrical platform designed for facilities with limited space and budget.

The MM Platform accommodates linear scans up to 350 mm wide and cylindrical scans as large as 460 mm in diameter, which makes it ideal for manipulating designs in everything from packaging materials to sculpted characters for computer animation.

With the MM platform, scans are performed by moving the object while the optical instrument remains stationary. It provides cylindrical and linear motion.

The 3030 scanner uses low-intensity laser light to create a lighted profile of an object, which is captured by video sensors from two viewpoints. Thousands of these profiles are digitized in just a few seconds, resulting in an accurate representation of the color and shape of the entire object.

As with Cyberware motion platforms, the MM performs 3D scans using any of the company's Model 3030 optical instruments.

Cyberware 3D scanners capture the shape and color of an object in 17 seconds. Then the 3D image is displayed on a graphics workstation, the model can be measured, resized, combined with other models and edited in a variety of ways.

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