FABTECH 2015, a collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry, brought 3D scanning technology to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago last week.
Exact Metrology, a 3D scanning solutions company, used its Surphaser technology – known for its accuracy and scan data quality – to 3D scan the museum’s nine-foot tall south guardian lion, sculpted by Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907). The iconic guardian lions have flanked the Art Institute’s Michigan Avenue entrance for more than 100 years and have become a symbol of the museum and city.
“At FABTECH we explore new and innovative technology, and 3D printing is just one example that is driving major change for manufacturers of all types. What better way to celebrate the future of the industry than showcasing this amazing technology in such a special place,” said John Catalano, co-show manager, FABTECH. “Manufacturing is critical to our country, our economy and our future. It’s an exciting time to be involved in this field as new technologies, processes and opportunities are truly changing how the industry operates.”
During the event, attendees witnessed the scanning technology firsthand and heard from industry leaders about the process and benefits of 3D scanning and printing. Ed Youdell, president and CEO (FMA), FABTECH; Dean Solberg, vice president, Exact Metrology; and Carl Dekker, president, Met-L-Flo, Inc., also discussed some of the advanced manufacturing technologies that will be showcased at FABTECH 2015, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Nov. 9-12.
With the scanning portion of the project complete, Met-L-Flo, Inc. will use scan data to print 300 small-scale replicas of the lion, which will be on display and used as giveaways at FABTECH.