Digital Full Color Holoprinter in China
In August 1997 the first DFCH-kit was installed in China. On location DHL also worked with the trainee to make the customer familiar with the unique DHoX holosoftware. Another example showing that DHL's services are not restricted to the EC and the USA.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art at Liege (Belgium), organized an exhibition on the third dimension in famous paintings and holograms. Spierings between Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Sol Lewitt. Whoooah! And what's better, a Spierings is still affordable.
In February 1997, the Dutch broadcasting company NOB produced a documentary especially for children about the phenomenon holography. The making of a traditional hologram was recorded at our production facility and explained in a simple way. This was broadcasted in November 1997 and the increased interest in holography taught us that not only children, but adults as well watch this popular program! The Video Animated holograms in particular were very impressive on a television screen. One very exiting soccer scene showed the spectator the making of a winning goal. These VAH-holograms are still the only way to include 5 seconds of video into printed matter. In june 1999 there was a replay of the program and again Dutch interest in Holograms increased.
Erasmus: old book, new story
In the year 1997 the 375-year-old bronze sculpture of the famous Dutch humanist Erasmus fell down from its pedestal. The alarmed authorities approached DHL for advice on the possibility of making a 3D-computer model backup of this historical sculpture, just in case of future incidents. Well, in 1996 DHL's research and development already had developed and built a 3D scanner for our own purposes, including the necessary software. We convinced our client with a benchmark test on a wooden oriental statue. This statue will later be reproduced by use of the stereolithographic printing method. This rapid prototyping printing method reproduces a computer model into a real 3D-model by building slices of the outline with the aid of a laser into a photopolymer. After many days of preparation we scanned the 2,5 Meter high sculpture on location. In Eindhoven, the several separate scans were combined, successfully resulting in an exact 3D digital copy of Erasmus. This 3D scanning technique will surely be used in the artworld and its periphery. To enlarge small models by this method has become an interesting feature. And of course similar data is a perfect base for even more realistic holograms.
DHL was elected Region Ambassador for the region Eindhoven for its outstanding and stimulating high tech research and development.
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