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SVF 3D Printing & Scanning – Current & Emerging 3D Scanning Technologies

April 29, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-7


  • Current & Emerging 3D Scanning Technologies

    ** Joint meeting with the 3D Printing for Education Meetup **

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Location: Cogswell College (http://www.cogswell.edu)

1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Directions  (http://www.cogswell.edu/about/directions.php)

Cost:  $20; Free to SVForum members, Cogswell students, and all educators/teachers (contact either Tammy Fung, tammyfung (at) growshapes (dot) com, or Cheryl Downing, cheryldowning (at) growshapes (dot) com, or call408-257-1049408-257-1049 for the educational code)

Registration: See “Register” button above


Matterport, Artec and GrowShapes (for the DAVID scanner) will discuss current and emerging 3D scanning technologies. Individual presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by SIG Co-Chair Geoffrey Doyle.

Artec 3D Scanner  (http://artec-group.com/)

Artec Group develops and sells 3D scanners. Their 3D scanners (also known as 3D cameras) work in real time and are used in diverse fields such as reverse engineering, medical imaging, archeology, art digitalization, computer animation, prototyping, and anthropology. Artec Group also has a whole division, Artec ID, dedicated to biometric security and 3D face recognition technology. Their newest application, Shapify.me (http://shapify.me), allows you to scan yourself or others at home with Kinect  to create realistic 3D printed figurines.

3D Reconstruction of Spaces with Matterport (http://matterport.com/)

The Matterport 3D System uses a patented camera, controlled through the user’s Apple iPad, to capture 3D and 2D images of an interior space. The camera rotates on a tripod that the user places around a room to capture every aspect of the space. Matterport’s proprietary technology then stitches together the data to create one complete 3D mesh with images overlaid onto all surfaces.  These models are then ready for users to walk through the interior, view as a doll-house, or see a floorplan through Matterport’s immersive online interface. The models also include complete linear and area measurement data. The resulting model can be viewed, modified, annotated, and shared using any computer or the Apple iPad.

Matterport 3D models can be used for planning of spaces within and around homes, offices, hotels, stores, and event venues.  Users can reconfigure furnishings, appliances, flooring, paint, displays, and structures before doing a virtual walk through of the new space.  This is a powerful tool to improve the decision-making process across a range of industries, including home improvement, retail store planning, construction project management, property insurance, real estate, hospitality, venue planning, and security.

DAVID 3D Scanner with GrowShapes (http://www.growshapes.com)

The DAVID SLS-2 scanner employs the innovative Structured Light technology, which allows precise 3D scanning in a matter of seconds. The scanner is mobile and can be placed easily in front of the surface to be scanned. A single click in the DAVID software starts the scan – and a few seconds later the digitized 3D model shows up on your screen. his way you can subsequently scan all sides of the object, and finally combine them to a closed 360° model. The modular hardware setup allows a flexible adaptation to your object – any size from coin to couch is possible.

The DAVID scanner results can be exported into common 3D file formats (OBJ, STL, PLY) and processed in other applications, such as for rapid prototyping, inspection, product presentations, archeology and cultural heritage, works of art, computer animations, and video games.

Presenter Bios

Anna Zevelyov

Director of Business Development, Artec Group (http://artec-group.com/

Anna is the Director of Business Development at Artec Group, a 3D Scanner Manufacturer. With degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the Georg-August University in Germany, Anna has extensive experience in international relations and trade. During her career she was IT Director at a large California non-profit hospital and the COO at an American education outfit in Russia. She started at Artec in 2009 as the Sales Director where she developed the company’s world-wide reseller network which is currently comprised of over 100 partners in 45 countries. In 2011, she became the Director of Business Development at Artec and is responsible for overseeing all sales, marketing, PR and support functions of the company.

Matt Bell

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Matterport (http://matterport.com/

When Matt left Google’s research team at 22, he wanted to create environments in which people interact with computers in an intuitive, natural way. Matt founded Reactrix, where he formed the technology team and provided the key computer vision innovations behind the interactive floor displays that let millions of people play with virtual koi ponds and soccer balls. When Matt first saw Microsoft’s Kinect product, he recognized the huge spectrum of computer vision applications it could power. He chose to focus Matterport on building models of real things because of the potential to help millions of people communicate in 3D. When Matt isn’t rallying the team at Matterport, he likes to organize community hacking events. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University.

Geoffrey Doyle

Founder and CEO of GrowShapes LLC (http://www.growshapes.com

Founder and Co-chair of SVForum 3D Printing and Scanning SIG

Geoffrey Doyle is CEO of GrowShapes LLC, which provides leading-edge 3D printing and scanning products and services in Silicon Valley.  Starting his career in the British Army (Royal Engineers), he transitioned into venture capital and worked at Percipient Capital in London for over 10 years investing in UK technology companies.  After moving to Silicon Valley he established SVForum’s 3D Printing and Scanning Special Interest Group at the beginning of 2013, the first monthly meeting forum for 3D printing related technology in Silicon Valley.  He is also a business advisor to Silicon Valley companies, such as Sixense, and a frequent speaker on the topic of 3D printing investments and technology trends. Geoffrey holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester (UK), an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK) and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Facility Host

Cogswell College

Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is an accredited four-year institution of higher education with a curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship. As one of the Bay Area’s premier colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates the industry environment—a collaborative, project-based, learning approach that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the delivery pipeline.

A/V Sponsor


Refreshment Sponsor


About SVForum

SVForum, a non-profit association, fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership within the Silicon Valley ecosystem of individuals and businesses participating in emerging technologies. (http://www.svforum.org

About the SIG

The 3D Printing and Scanning Special Interest Group (SIG) provides a forum for technologists and companies, as well as members of the investor community and other interested parties, to discuss the critical aspects of the technology that require improvement, future direction of the technology and to network with one another.  The majority of innovation and investment in 3D printing-related technologies to date has not been centered in Silicon Valley, and this SIG aims to contribute to changing this for what is considered by many as the next trillion dollar market. (https://svforum.org/3Dprinting


6:30PM – 7:00PM      Registration & Networking

7:00PM – 7:10PM      Announcements & Introductions

7:10PM – 7:20PM      Sponsors: Cogswell College & TBA (2)

7:20PM – 7:30PM      Anna Zevelyov, Artec Group

7:30PM – 7:40PM      Matt Bell, Matterport

7:40PM – 7:50PM      Geoffrey Doyle, GrowShapes (DAVID)

7:50PM – 8:30PM      Panel discussion: 3D scanning

8:30PM – 9:00PM      Networking


April 29, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-7


Cogswell Polytechnical College
1175 Bordeaux Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94089 United States