Native Art Meets 3D Scanning

March 23, 2013


Anchorage, Alaska: ReAllocate is honored to announce a collaboration between 3D scanning specialists Direct Dimensions and Sugpiaq Alutiiq artist Perry Eaton. Direct Dimensions “ReAllocated” (lent) their technical expertise and state-of-the-art technology to the project, which was preserving and perpetuating Alaska Native culture by digitally scanning Alaskan Native Art and Artifacts. Mr. Eaton commissioned the work to support a show he is participating in this spring at the Orenda Gallery, Paris.


ReAllocate Ambassador David Karabelnikoff, himself a Native Alaskan, introduced Mr. Eaton to ReAllocate and its network of World Class experts after discussing his work one day in his workshop. “Perry is interested in using the latest innovations in technology and design to further his craft,” says Mr. Karabelnikoff, “he understands culture is fluid and not trapped in time and ReAllocate is the perfect partner, leveraging its network to deliver domain-specific expertise around the globe.”


“It is incredibly exciting to bring cutting edge technology together with a cultural expression that has existed for a very long time.  To see how the impact of the masks is enhanced and broadened through the use of 3D scanning and ultimately 3D printing is very fulfilling and is a great example of applying technology in a meaningful manner,” says Timothy Lipton, Co-Founder of ReAllocate.


ReAllocate seeks to empower Alaskans through the implementation of advanced technology to facilitate innovation and sustainable solutions for housing, energy and food.  Selected projects are partnered with experienced mentors who guide them through hands-on training with cutting edge technologies, share expert knowledge of business strategy and provide access to a larger network of professional resources.


About Perry Eaton:

Perry Eaton was born in Kodiak, Alaska. He grew up on his father’s fishing boat and his professional life has covered a wide variety of fields. He has worked as a machinist at Boeing Aircraft Corporation; for three different banks, Seattle First National Bank, The First National Bank of Anchorage and United Bank Alaska; and as community development professional, specializing in rural Alaska. Eaton was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Native Heritage Center. He also served seventeen years as Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Village Initiatives.


Eaton has been appointed by three Governors to variety of directorships including: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Municipal Bond Bank Authority, Alaska Renewable Resources, and The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation.  Eaton is currently the Corporate Relations Manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Eaton serves as Director Alaska Native Art Foundation Board of Directors.


About Direct DImensions:

Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) provides unique solutions to complex modeling and manufacturing problems. We specialize in the on-site application of digitizers, laser scanners, and the conversion of complex three-dimensional data into 3D computer models.  “Our 3D imaging technology allows us to document complex objects down to the last intricate detail,” explains Michael Raphael, president of Direct Dimensions. “In addition to saving time in the design process, we enable innovators to capture, model, and modify complex physical shapes, such as organic human forms, that would otherwise be impossible to design even with today’s advanced CAD systems.”


About ReAllocate

ReAllocate is a global network of world-class engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs empowering communities through technology and innovation to improve quality of life.  The ReAllocate community currently includes nodes in San Francisco, Alaska, Utah, Tokyo, Haiti, Lithuania and Beirut.  The community creates innovative technological, social and business solutions to self determined needs through collaborative design and prototyping. For more information, please contact:


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