March 31, 2013

Heads up: Legislators see the new face of high-tech manufacturing

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Some of the manufactured heads of members of the General Assembly, some more recognizable than others.

Some of the manufactured heads of members of the General Assembly, some more recognizable than others.

In case the legislators were losing their heads over tax hikes or gun control, dozens of lawmakers had their heads handed to them on Friday, or at least a reasonable facsimile.

Several weeks ago, folks from The Object Lab at Towson University and Direct Dimensions company of Owings Mills came to Annapolis and made digital images of senators and delegates to show off the company’s Shapeshot technology, the next generation of manufacturing in Maryland.

With the three-dimensional image, the company creates a scale model of the head using a layering process.

The idea was to give the legislators “a positive image of manufacturing,” said Mike Galiazzo, president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

–Len Lazarick

 

Len@MarylandReporter.com

The layering machine for making the heads.

The layering machine for making the heads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gov. Martin O'Malley's head shots.

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s head shots.