RE: Newbie RP question

From: Dan Medford (
Date: Tue Nov 12 2002 - 22:54:23 EET

Hello Jonathan,
We are able to digitize your military figures with our Comet 250
scanner, producing millions of XYZ data points, which can then be
converted to IGES, surface or solid model, etc. You can then scale the
file to any size you want, and then bring the file into a rapid
protyping shop. More info is on

Dan Medford - President
QC Inspection Services, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of Paul Suomala
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 2:05 PM
To: Bathsheba Grossman
Cc: Jonathon Barlow;
Subject: Re: Newbie RP question

 There is a (at least one manufacturer) destructive method available - I
believe the name of the company is CGI - don't know about service
using it.
 Sooo, If you can carve it at a scale your hands can manage, then let
somebody destroy it, in turn producing an STL file which can be scaled
altered) and fabricated on a RP machine.

Best regards,
Paul S

Bathsheba Grossman wrote:

> On Mon, 11 Nov 2002, Jonathon Barlow wrote:
> > I'm a mold maker and caster by trade and know very little about
> > rapid prototype manufacturing so I'm hoping someone here can
> > give me a little info. I sell small military miniatures and would
> > to find a way to reduce the miniatures in size so I can sell them in
> > different scales (I can't manually scupt/model the miniatures as
> > small as they need to be). I'm not sure if this can be done so I'm
> > hoping someone here can give me an educated opinion.
> >
> > So I have a couple questions. First, I know I'd need some sort of
> > device to digitize the shape of the miniatures. I've seen both
> > optical and touch probe scanners. Are these capable of capturing
> > extremely fine details (the miniatures are more detailed than
> > most jewelry)?
> Not that I know of. I don't have a scanner myself, but since I have a
> Solidscape, which is the RP machine you'd probably be looking at for
> printing the miniatures, I'm often asked about this type of project.
> My understanding is that if you want to scan something and reproduce
> it at a tiny size with a fantastic amount of detail, it's best to
> start with an object at least a foot in size.
> Bigger doesn't hurt...the other day I talked to a fellow who wanted to
> have me print a two-inch motorcycle charm. His clever idea was to get
> a plastic model motorcycle and scan it for reduction. This would work
> if the model's a good sized one, but the guys with the scanner felt
> that for best results he should use a real motorcycle: they'd
> spray-paint it a flat color and scan it. I had to tell them the
> project budget wasn't up to that.
> In all seriousness, maybe your best move would be to consult people
> that do reenactments, get a good-looking fellow to dress up in full
> uniform, and scan him? Any of the big scanning bureaus could handle
> that.
> -Sheba
> --
> Bathsheba Grossman phone (831)429-8224, fax
> Sculpting geometry
> Solidscape prototyping

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