Date: August 2004.
Source: Press Announcement.

US NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, Offering New 3D Facial Morphology Service to Researchers and Organizations that Support Genetic Research

ATLANTA – 3dMD, the world’s market leader in ultra-fast, high precision 3D surface imaging, today announced the official production release of its laptop-version of its modular 3dMDface System at the annual Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. family meeting at Camp Sunshine on Lake Sebago in Casco, Maine. 3dMD also announced that the first production system has been purchased by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), to collect 3D facial morphology data during the meeting.

The laptop version of the 3dMDface system was inspired by a new NIH/NIDCR program dedicated to pioneering leading edge advancements in genetic research. The NIH/NIDCR is now offering organizations focused on advancing research for a particular genetic condition the opportunity to have 3D facial morphology data collected during a regional or annual meeting. This innovative initiative opens the door of opportunity by making the data readily available to any research organization that wants to study the condition. Equally important for the patients and their families, it will ensure that highly sensitive personal data is strictly controlled in a research context and regulated in accordance with a country’s privacy laws and personal data management guidelines such as HIPPA.

From the onset, 3dMD designed its sophisticated software architecture to be modular and flexible, so the system would be portable and hardware interchangeable. The laptop version is fully interchangeable with 3dMD’s existing PC-based configuration and performs with the same exceptionally quick acquisition speed of less than 2 milliseconds. The laptop-version of the modular 3dMDface System enables professionals to scan people of all ages in 3D to quality standards required by clinicians any time and any where which makes the system ideal for innovative medical, biometric, and multimedia field applications anywhere in the world.

“With the new laptop version of the 3dMDface System, the NIH will be able to reach patients and their families anywhere in the world to gather valuable facial morphology data for even the rarest genetic syndromes,“ said Chris Lane, 3dMD’s CEO.


If you want more information about the new 3D Facial Morphology Program, please contact Dr. Thomas Hart of the NIH/NIDCR at 301-496-6242 or