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Industry 4.0 is about leveraging digital data for manufacturing.  3D scanning captures spaces and objects in the real world to create 3D digital data for design and manufacturing.  With so much interest in digital fabrication, 3D design, and visualization, and so much of the physical world not in a digital form, 3D scanning enables engineers, architects, artists, ever doctors to accurately blend reality with digital.  The presentation will showcase a range of amazing 3D scanning applications from aerospace, automotive, art and architecture to military, museum, medical and movies by one of the leading 3D scanning firms in the world based right here in Maryland.

Presenter: Michael Raphael, President & CEO, Direct Dimensions

Michael started in 3D in 1985 as a metrology engineer responsible for solving aerospace manufacturing problems.  He helped develop and became the first user of a revolutionary new portable 3D tool called the FaroArm.  In 1995 Michael left aerospace to start Direct Dimensions as a “one-stop shop” for 3D scanning, imaging, and metrology services.  For over 20 years, Direct Dimensions has expanded significantly and provides some of the most comprehensive arrays of 3D scanning and modeling solutions for the widest range of applications and industries.  Today Direct Dimensions employs almost 30 technical and professional staff and has performed 1000’s of amazing scanning projects across all industries from aerospace, automotive, art and architecture to museum, military, medical and movies.

Michael graduated from Virginia Tech with BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1985, followed by a Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1990