Scans to be used by Met-L-Flo to make miniature 3D printed models for FABTECH
On September 16, 2015, for approximately three hours, Exact Metrology technicians performed a 3D scan of the huge South Lion that guards the entrance to the world-famous Chicago Art Institute. The subsequent STL file is being used by Chicago-based Met-L-Flo to generate 300 3D printed miniature lions, to be displayed and provided to visitors at the upcoming FABTECH show in Chicago, November 9-12.
Using their Surphaser and ARTEC scanners, Exact technicians built a 3D image, which was displayed on a huge monitor for passersby to see. As part of this event, which was sponsored by FABTECH show management, FMA president and CEO Ed Youdell introduced Exact president Dean Solberg and Met-L-Flo president Carl Dekker, who both detailed the work their companies were doing to complete this unique and interesting project.
The South Lion, named Attitude of Defiance, was originally sculpted by Edward Kemeys for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and stood on the steps of the Fine Arts Palace, which is today the Chicago Museum of Science Industry. Later that year, the lion and his “brother”, named On The Prowl, were recast in bronze and moved to the steps of the new Art Institute, where they've guarded the entrance to this day.
As Dean Solberg remarked, "We're creating a file with millions of 3D data points that would allow the program to accurately recreate the lion at almost any size, whether on a conventional CNC machine tool or in the new 3D printing method being used by Carl (Dekker) and his team at Met-L-Flo. Dekker noted that 3D printing of one of the seven additive manufacturing techniques his company currently employs to make not only prototypes but also functional short run production parts."
Local media and trade press were on hand at the event, which garnered TV coverage that evening in Chicago.
Exact Metrology will be exhibiting its various metrology equipment and services, including robotic articulation and its new CT scanning technology that allows precision examination of internal structures, during FABTECH.
Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company.
Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.
For more information on this event or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:
EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045