In this article, I’ll describe the early user community as Leica was in the process of entering the 3D scanning products business. Although most users at the time were struggling, there were some well-publicized breakthrough user successes that reinforced their belief in the technology’s upside.
In 1998 I joined a small start-up, Cyra Technologies, which was pioneering 3D laser scanning technology. I had a senior product marketing role, reporting to the CEO.
In my previous article (March 2021) within my series on the Early Days of 3D Scanning, I described start-up Cyra Technologies’ significant preparations to try to secure a major, strategic vendor partner in order to take the company’s pioneering 3D scanning technology to the next big step of global commercialization.
This series of articles (monthly, starting with the June 2020 issue) gives readers behind-the-scenes insights into a small but ambitious start-up, Cyra Technologies, that was an early pioneer of 3D laser scanning technology.
In multiple ways, 1999 turned out to be a pivotal year for Cyra Technologies and for 3D laser scanning, in general.
1998: The Public Unveiling of 3D Scanning In my prior “insider” articles for this series (monthly, starting with the June 2020 issue), I described how in 1996 I became aware of 3D laser scanning while the technology was in development. In March 1998, I left a senior product marketing position with Trimble to join the...