The School of Art and PRISM (Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling) presents:

The Gerald Farin Lab for 3D Visualization and Prototyping (3DVP)

This lab is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Gerald Farin, a brilliant computer scientist, educator, and interdisciplinary thinker who was instrumental in establishing research in visualization and prototyping on the ASU campus and fostering an international dialogue around computational geometry.

Gerald Farin received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1979. He is the author of numerous texts, with Dr. Dianne Hansford, including "Curves and Surfaces for CAGD" (5th ed.), "NURBS" (2nd ed.), "The Geometry Toolbox", and "Essentials for CAGD". He was editor-in-chief of "Computer Aided Geometric Design." His theoretical research included work on isosurfaces from marching cubes, Voronoi diagrams, curve and surface design and real-time rendering in computer graphics. He was instrumental in developing original software for projects ranging from 3D face recognition, human feature morphing, 3D brain imaging, and visualization for urban planning. He was a trusted colleague and legendary teacher who guided a generation of students at ASU from 1987 until his death in 2016.

Along with colleagues Dan Collins, Anshuman Razdan, and Mark Henderson, Gerald established the PRISM lab (Partnership for Research in Spatial modeling) in 1996. He was Co-Director of the lab with Collins from 2005 – January 2016.


3DVP Mission

The primary mission of the 3DVP lab is to support interdisciplinary research in 3D visualization and prototyping at ASU. We provide cutting edge expertise in a variety of integrated skillsets including 3D data capture through desktop laser and LIDAR scanning, photogrammetry, and structured light technologies; modeling and visualization using 3D CAD, animation, and reverse engineering applications; and prototyping and fabrication using computer controlled fabrication and 3D printing. We are also committed to serving the local community through consulting, education and training, and community outreach.

Interdisciplinary Research
Current projects include collaborations with resident artists at the ASU Art Museum, Forensic experts at ASU West, BioEngineering at ASU and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and (Algae Project) ASU East. Past projects have included major research initiatives with the Archaeological Research Institute and the Keck Imaging Lab at ASU.

Professional consulting
Our team is available for professional consulting and design development. Much of our scanning equipment is portable, so we can provide services on site using a variety of 3D capture technologies including stereogrammetry, LIDAR, and structured light.

Education and Training
While these technologies were once reserved for highly trained specialists, many aspects of the lab are accessible to novice users and students. We have conducted numerous workshops for individuals and groups of all levels and backgrounds, including professional sculptors, bioengineers, industrial designers, archaeologists, and many others—a recent highlight being a multi-day workshop for middle school students in Scottsdale conducted by Andrew Noble.

Community outreach
Our partners across the Valley include the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Shemer Art Center, the Tempe History Museum, and the Pueblo Grande Museum. Recent exhibitions at the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Shemer Art Center featured exhibitions of 3D printed objects and hands-on demonstrations and training in 3D scanning and printing.