Inside a nondescript, hard-to-find office in Richardson, a man named Jordan Williams takes many forms. There's a full-color, miniature bust of him on the edge of a desk. On the wall a few feet from the front door hangs a hi-res picture of Williams holding said bust. And last but not least, he stands inside the entrance, in the flesh. As the president of Captured Dimensions, a 3D scanning and printing company, it's completely normal for Williams to find little plastic figurines of himself, his wife and his newborn daughter all over his office. "My personal favorite [project] so far has been scanning my daughter," Williams says. "It has a lot of personal significance for me. In 20 years, she'll be all grown up, and we'll be able to look at not just the 3D print but all the digital stuff. I'm hoping to scan her about once a month so I can do a 3D growth chart. I don't think that's ever been done."
Williams, a Texas native, started Captured Dimensions back in August or September of 2012 (he can't quite remember) by testing out the technology available for 3D scanning and printing. In October 2012, Williams committed himself to the full-time development of the business and refinement of the process, and by March he started taking on clients. After being in business for less than a year, the company is already storing hundreds of thousands of images in 3D format (similar to what an awards show viewer might see via E! Entertainment's GlamCam 360). For Williams, who's been obsessed with technology from a young age, especially the ever-evolving world of 3D printing, this company is a dream come true. And he's helping others realize their dreams, too.
Some of his first paying customers were professional artists. "They spend so much effort and put so much blood, sweat and tears into making some amazing sculpture," Williams says. "They spend months on it, and then it's one of a kind. There's a huge need for that community to be able to capture what they've done and share it with people in a different way. All of those folks have had people out there ask, 'Is there any way I can buy a smaller version?' It's been possible for about 20 years, but it was really, really expensive." That's where Captured Dimensions comes in. What was once only available to industry execs is now a reality for almost everyone. More »