Geomagic Studio software used to create 3D digital models of players from Adidas-sponsored teams: data used to machine giant physical models for display at Zurich central rail station.

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 5:00 AM

Stuttgart, Germany. June 18, 2008- Football fans, commuters and visitors using Zurich's central rail station during this month's final stages of the four-yearly European Football Championship - Euro 2008 - will find they are confronted by giant, 17 metre high life-like models of 11 players from the nine national teams that carry the Adidas logo on their playing kit.



The models were machined from hard foam using 3D surface model data generated by Geomagic business partner 3D Culture (www.3D-Culture.de) of Oestrich-Winkel, Germany, using Geomagic Studio digital reconstruction and surface modeling software.

To create the digital model data used in the machining of the physical models, the head and face of each of the players was scanned by 3D Culture using a KonicaMinolta 3D scanner. The resulting 'point cloud' data, comprising millions of discrete points representing the 3D coordinates of each of the players' heads to an accuracy of 30 microns, was imported into Geomagic Studio. Here the point cloud was processed to remove any 'noise' generated during the scanning process and then automatically converted to a polygon model using the software's standard facilities.

After fine-tuning the polygon model by removing any anomalies and by extending, trimming and cleaning-up areas as necessary, the polygon model was converted by Geomagic Studio into a high quality, water-tight NURBS (non-uniform rational b-spline) digital surface model for use in the machining process on a NC (numerical control) milling machine. After machining, the physical models were painted in the appropriate team colours and transported to Zurich station for erection.

Peter Brunsbach, managing director, 3D Culture, explained, "Although the bodies of the 11 final models are all the same, it was important that the individual players represented by those models could be recognized by the public. We therefore had to scan each player's head, including his face, in order to gather enough 3D coordinate data from which to generate the accurate digital surface models used for the machining process. Geomagic Studio was the obvious software tool for this task."

The players represented by the models are: Michael Ballack and Phillip Lahm of Germany, Karim Benzema and Patrick Vieira of France, Angelos Charisteas of Greece, Andreas Ivanschitz of Austria, Robin van Persie of The Netherlands, David Villa of Spain, Tranquillo Barnetta of Switzerland, Petr Cech of the Czech Republic and Christian Chivu of Romania.

The final of Euro 2008, which will determine which country holds the coveted European Football Champions title for the next four years, takes place at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on 29 June.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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