Rev·o·lu·tion: A Dramatic Change In Ideas Or Practice
In 1991 Robert Zeien, our President and Chief Engineer, began development of a unique full field, non contact three dimensional measurement technology. Today, the benefits of this amazing digitizing technology, over other current means, are immense. Advantages include extremely high data acquisition speed, mechanical simplicity and the simultaneous generation of full field 3-D topographic information from a single sensor.

Imagine viewing the world through a straw. That is how laser point or line scanners function: measuring a single point or line on an object, then moving their laser to the next point, and so on. Full field measurement technology is seeing the entire beach, as a whole, rather than a grain of sand at a time. Every point in the field of view of our sensor is frozen in time, returning three-dimensional data for each particle before the wind can blow it away. This technological leap obsoletes all existing laser scanners.

We are alive. Accurate analysis of our dynamic human form relies on capturing it in its entirety. Clear images are captured with speed: accurate 3-D information is acquired with our full field technology. We’ve all seen a photo of a child running in a park, a blur of motion, a vague distortion produced by excessively long exposure. Visualize the seconds-long laser scan. Our full field technology embodies speed: freezing motion for clear, accurate three-dimensional capture.

Revolution in design yields huge advances in function. Orders of magnitude faster than other designs, our full field technology merges clean mechanical elegance with complex mathematics. Product reliability is inversely related to physical complexity. The old technology of scanning involves employing an intricate assemblage of gears, belts, motors etc. along with simple, ages-old mathematics. Our full field approach is inherently free of moving parts, instead utilizing the power of the modern computer to facilitate surface perception.

Revolution in practice: The successful business centers on its strengths. For design of a tool see a toolmaker. Virtual 3-D Technologies’ singular focus is design of innovative tools for surface measurement. The Plantar Digitizer® system provides these tools to the podiatric industry; freeing both the orthotic laboratory and medical practitioner to concentrate on their strengths.

Labs of any size no longer face the prospect of tremendous research and development expense to design and build equipment beyond the scope of their expertise. Other companies' practice has been to lock 3-D information away in proprietary models. The Plantar Digitizer® system's open architecture approach delivers accurate 3-D surface data in a variety of industry standard formats. Orthotic laboratories simply select an output data style from one of the built-in interfaces and use it as normal input to their automated production software. 3-D plantar data can now be accepted from the largest possible customer base of participating practitioners. Purchasing the best tool for the job, the Plantar Digitizer® system, assists labs in concentrating on their core strength: the manufacture of quality orthotics.

Practitioners, freed from alliance to a particular laboratory for their orthotic needs, can focus on providing the best possible assistance to their patients. A telephone that can reach only one person is of limited use. The Plantar Digitizer® systems' standardized 3-D output is useable by any associate lab. One orthotic producer may have a preferred sport device, another a particular fashion model, yet another lab has attractive entry level pricing: any suitable orthotic device offered by any participating production laboratory is now potentially available to best fit the patients’ needs.
The duration of a typical Xenon strobe flash is a mere millionth of a second (0.000001 sec) Fast enough to freeze a bullet in flight!
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