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No football fan needs to be told who David Alaba is. What he or she may not yet know is that the 22-year-old Austrian, who has won the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup with Germany’s most successful team to date, Bayern Munich, is now an adopter of the 3D scanning technology, or, to be precise, his left foot is.
In mid-March Alaba’s foot was scanned with Artec Eva by our good friend Bernhard Mayerhofer of VirtuMake at the Print3Dfuture conference in Vienna. The 3D model was then printed onsite and will soon be used to create this year’s trophy for the Coca-Cola Cup, a tournament for Austria’s best junior teams.
“At first we thought it was a joke, but when we shook hands with David Alaba in December and scanned his foot, we knew it was true,” says Bernhard Mayerhofer.
If there were a 3D scanner vs. 3D printer speed battle – unlikely as that may ever be – the scanner would beat the printer 240 to 1, because the scanning of the foot took one minute and printing lasted, well, a little longer. As the speakers made their keynotes, the 3D printer got down to work, toiling hard to make a scaled copy of the foot by the end of the one-day conference. Four hours – and the job was done.
Now the 3D model of the foot will go to the designers working on the new trophy of the Coca-Cola Cup. Alaba is an official envoy of the tournament and will award the cup to the winner at the final, slated for June 21. According to the spokesperson of the Coca-Cola Company, Philipp Bodzenta, the idea behind using a replica of Alaba’s foot for the trophy’s design is to show young players that they can follow in the footsteps of their idol.
3D digitalization is actually not Alaba’s first go at being immortalized – Madame Tussauds in Vienna already houses his wax figure. Maybe one day Alaba will go on to have his 3D printed figurine made with the help of Artec’s rapid full-body scanner, Shapify Booth.
Using 3D scanning, figurative artist Inigo Gheyselinck has created amazingly realistic wooden statues of Swiss historical figures for the #WOODVETIA campaign, launched by the Swiss forestry sector to promote the use of Swiss wood.
A research group in Belgium is boosting the capabilities of powered exoskeletons by customizing their design with the help of 3D scanning, CAD and 3D printing.
Scientists at the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) are working on the next breakthrough in 3D scanning technology, and they need volunteers.