Maryland Legislators Handed Their Heads by Manufacturers
ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Over 60 Maryland state senators and delegates were handed their heads on Friday March 29 by Mike Galiazzo, President, Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) Maryland’s legislature is the first in the nation to have members participate in 3D scanning and 3D printing of their heads, thanks to RMI, the Object Lab at Towson University and Direct Dimensions, a Baltimore imaging company.
The goal was to engage legislators in learning about 3D digital technologies and to promote the new “face” of manufacturing. “It worked beyond our imagination,” said Galiazzo. “We received enthusiastic support from both Democrat and Republican law makers,” he said. Legislators were all smiles, getting their 3D printed heads handed to them, a rare thing a week before the general assembly ended.
“This project brought people together in a common spirit of learning and of advocacy for advanced manufacturing,” said State Senator Kathy Klausmeier. From the Maryland Senate floor, Senate President Mike Miller commended Galiazzo and his team this effort. The engagement of the Maryland legislature was a game changer, with senators and delegates speaking enthusiastically about Maryland manufacturing.
RMI led the effort in Annapolis as Direct Dimensions and the Object Lab took on the job of scanning and printing over 165 elected officials, their staff and state agency workers. The 3D printed heads were produced at the Object Lab by students and staff. “Legislators were genuinely interested in learning about 3D printing and digital manufacturing,” said Jan Baum, Director of the Object Lab, a premier Maryland 3D lab.
For the past two years, RMI has been leading a catalytic effort to connect 3D resources across the state to promote emerging technologies in additive manufacturing in partnership with Baum, and Michael Raphael, President Direct Dimensions, a nationally recognized 3D imaging company. “The Annapolis project and our ShapeShot full body imaging project with MarkerBot in New York City are proof that this technology is taking off,” said Raphael.
3D printing technology can be found throughout Maryland at such sites as The Johns Hopkins, Applied Physics Lab, the Army Prototyping Lab at Aberdeen, the Object Lab at Towson University, the Fab Lab at the Community College of Baltimore County and companies, like Northrop Grumman, Black & Decker, Under Armour, Lockheed Martin, and Danko Arlington.
“Maryland has the greatest concentration of R&D and one of the best educated workforces of any other state. That is a strong foundation to build on,” said Galiazzo.
Michael Galiazzo Regional Manufacturing Institute, 410-771-8111, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE Regional Manufacturing Institute