On May 8th, Steinbichler partner, CAM Logic scanned the Spirit of Detroit Statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to create a miniature-size statue using 3D printing. These one-of-a-kind statues will be given out to a select group of people at SME’s THE BIG M event, June 9-12 at Cobo Center.
“There is so much buzz about 3D printing in the manufacturing world today,” said Debbie Holton, director of events, industry strategy at SME. “This is a great opportunity to show the public how 3D printing works and the benefits of the technology. It’s all about on-demand manufacturing of customized products.” For the 3D printing, a Steinbichler 3D laser scanner will be used to create a digital model without having to touch the statue.
”CAM Logic is excited about this opportunity to debut two emerging technologies, 3D printing and 3D scanning, and the advancements in this technology. It’s exciting that technology is at a point where we can scan and reverse engineer something as large as the Spirit of Detroit and have printed replicas within a couple of days. This technology is at the forefront of changing “just-in-time” manufacturing, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Ian Scribner, 3D printing and 3D scanning manager.
The Steinbichler scanner is composed of two pieces of equipment — the optical tracker and the 3D laser scanner. To scan the Spirit of Detroit, CAM Logic has placed the tracker at different locations around the statue. The tracker, which detects where the laser scanner is located, “spray paints” the statue with the laser scanner until the image is captured in its entirety. Total estimated time of the process, from start to finish, is approximately five to six hours.