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SCANNING – DIGITIZING

SCANNING – DIGITIZING

SCANNING AND DIGITIZING OVERVIEW

3D LASER SCANNING JUST GOT EASIER. AND FASTER.

Polhemus offers 3D laser scanning and digitizing products that serve a wide variety of applications. Markets we serve are healthcare, the military, and research and commercial applications. Our proprietary 6DOF electromagnetic technology is embedded in our scanning products, allowing you to instantly digitize 3D shapes with a few sweeps of a hand-held wand. Our technology enables the perfect scanning solution for creating custom fit orthotics and prosthetics and our 3D laser scanner has proved instrumental in important preservation work in restoration and archaeology. Also, rapid prototyping has never been easier; our scanning products have also become a trusted solution in 3D archiving and in the animation industry.

FASTSCAN II

THE ULTRA-PORTABLE SCANNER—PREFERRED BY PROFESSIONALS

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

The Scanner that Goes Where You Go

FastSCAN II is a handheld, lightweight, laser scanner that produces scans instantly—with an ultra-portable system bundled in a compact case. With a simple sweep of a wand, FastSCAN II lets you create instant real-time 3D images–anytime, anywhere. This allows FastSCAN II to go where you go, scanning objects easily and onsite in their natural environments.

Take your scanning work out in the field or easily transport the scanner from classroom to lab. With the optional rechargeable battery, FastSCAN II travels easily, and can be set up in less than just two minutes—taking scanning capabilities from indoors to outside. FastSCAN II produces high quality scans of everything from simple objects to complex artifacts. Key features are highlighted below, for a complete description and product specifications, see the FastSCAN II Brochure.

Preferred by professionals, FastSCAN II requires a fraction of the post processing, compared to other scanners on the market. The sophistication of the software is unmatched, as it’s intuitive and easy to learn. It saves you time, delivering automatic overlap removal of the scans, as it seamlessly stitches data points together. FastSCAN II sports a lighter weight than the original product and boasts an ergonomic design providing a sleek, user-friendly look and feel.

Like its predecessor, (the original FastSCAN), FastSCAN II is a product developed by ARANZ Medical Limited that produces laser scanned images in-part by utilizing Polhemus proprietary electromagnetic motion tracking technology, which determines the position and orientation of the wand.

KEY FEATURES

  • Fast and Flexible–Handheld unit scans easily for instant 3D images
  • Highly Portable–Rechargeable battery allows you to work all day
  • Lightweight and Compact–Complete system comes with carrying case
  • Quick and Easy Set Up–Be set up and scanning in less than two minutes
  • User-Friendly Software–Intuitive, easy to learn for precision scans

APPLICATIONS

Agriculture studies Rapid prototyping Orthotics and prosthetics
Animation Woodworking Millwork
Archaeology Entertainment 3D archiving…and more!

PATRIOT™ DIGITIZER

THE HIGH-END DIGITIZER WITH A COST EFFECTIVE PRICE

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

The PATRIOT Digitizer is a high-end, full 6DOF digitizer, and is the most cost effective digitizer on the market. This easy-to-use system allows you to move freely–around, under and behind objects–and has the capability to digitize both big and small items. You can digitize everything from engineering prototypes to artwork. The pinpoint accurate stylus is tracked by using Polhemus proprietary technology, AC Electromagnetics, and the PATRIOT Digitizer utilizes the same components as our best-selling, standard PATRIOT product, including the standard PATRIOT (SEU) Systems Electronics Unit and the TX2 Source. Key features are highlighted below; see the PATRIOT Digitizer brochure for a full description and product specifications.

KEY FEATURES

  • Digitize Freely
    Capture data in hard to reach places without the use of any optical markers or a mechanical arm.
  • Capture Data Points for Large Objects
    With a standard range of 5 feet radius digitize items as large as a kayak, furniture, or a kitchen counter top.
  • Cost Effective Solution
    This easy to use digitizer provides a full 6DOF solution at an unbeatable value
  • Easy Set Up
    The system is factory calibrated and installs in just minutes using a standard PC and either a USB or RS-232 port.

APPLICATIONS

  • Neuroscience
  • EEG Localization
  • CAD for Creating 3D Files
  • Botany and Agricultural Studies

SCANNING APPLICATIONS

In our more than 40-year tenure, Polhemus technology has powered many 3D laser scanning applications around the world. We are proud that so many cutting-edge applications in health care, military, and research and technology are powered by Polhemus. Link to specific case studies below in the areas of orthotics and prosthetics, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping, and more. Below is just a sample of notable applications in 3D scanning that have enabled our customers to break new ground and redefine the standards in their fields and industries. Go to scanning case studies for a more detailed look at Polhemus scanning applications.

ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS

No more plaster casting! FastSCAN has revolutionized the process of fitting prosthetics and orthotics, leaving the plaster mess behind. The scanning process is quick, clean and there is no pain. FastSCAN is being used in more than 700 O&P clinics worldwide. FastSCAN continues to be the leader in orthotics and prosthetics.

COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

When it comes to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, skill, artistry and technology must blend to achieve aesthetic results. FastSCAN provides an advanced comparative tool with the ability to perform volumetric analysis both pre-op and post-op. FastSCAN has also been used in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

ARCHAEOLOGY

FastSCAN™ is perfectly portable and easy to bring directly to the field for highly accurate scanning of relics, and for replication and digital archiving. It’s been used in archaeology in a number of ways, including: the Joint Mongolian-Smithsonian Deer Stone Project, and a study on the 3D orientation of archaeological fragments coming from a Gothic spire.

REVERSE ENGINEERING AND RAPID PROTOTYPING

FastSCAN™provides the technology to become more efficient in the production process by producing digital 3D models. When manufactured parts when a blueprint is not available in order to remanufacture it. FastSCAN has been used for a variety of projects. Examples include reverse engineering for vehicles and rapid production of guitars.

WOODWORKING, CUSTOM MANUFACTURING AND RESTORATION

The portability of FastSCAN makes it easy to take with you on the job. With the freedom to move around the object as needed to get a complete scan image in seconds, FastSCAN has been the ideal choice for projects that require custom manufacturing, 3D scanning for woodworking, and 3D scanning for restoration work. The outcome has been a great savings in time and money, while achieving quick, precision results.

FORENSICS

FastSCAN™ is one of the latest tools introduced into the forensic market. It’s the most portable, lightweight, cost-effective scanning solution available, allowing you to bring the scanner to the scene. FastSCAN helps improve accuracy and efficiency of measurement documentation by providing an instant 3D representation. Optional for the scanner is the Stylus, which provides position and orientation markers for reference landmarks.

3D RAPID PROTOTYPING REPRODUCTIONS IN ART

FastSCAN has been used by numerous artists for 3D rapid reproductions of artwork. This has proven for many artists to allow them to focus more time on creating, saving both time and money. FastSCAN has successfully digitized world renowned sculptures, resulting in a much less labor intensive process–and FastSCAN has enabled 3D rapid prototyping to replicate unique mixed media art.

ARTISTIC CREATIVITY

FastSCAN™ files import easily into many graphic arts software packages for image manipulation and texture mapping. Dan Short, from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, had his face scanned with two different expressions. The scans were exported as .3ds files to be used in 3D Studio Max. The final art was achieved using rendering with a camera, adding color and using a custom brush for effects (photo courtesy of Dan Short).

METROLOGY

By adding accessories, you can do more with your 3D shape capture. By adding a stylus and software, you have the ability to make linear, circumferential, radial and volumetric measurements of complex three dimensional surfaces. At right is a scan of an object using the FastSCAN and Polhemus Stylus markers.

ENTERTAINMENT AND 3D ANIMATION

Widely used in the entertainment industry for character animation and computer games, FastSCAN has made its mark in the entertainment world in a number of ways, including appearances in television shows, and used in a variety of hollywood blockbuster movies. Below are just a few of the ways FastSCAN has been used in entertainment and 3D animation. (photo courtesy of Gentle Giant Studios).

 

  • Used in Star Wars–scanning 1972 artifacts for archiving
  • Used in the Hanes® “Jackie Goes Tagless” commercial to generate the computer graphic stunt double
  • Appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season 3, ‘Denial’)
  • Appeared in two episodes of CSI:NY in 2006
  • Used in blockbuster films, including Lord of the Rings–scanning maquettes up to six feet tall
  • Used in Men in Black II, scanning Will Smith’s face