Taylorsville High School's graphic communications department has gained an opportunity to enter real-world physical models via three-dimensional computer equipment loaned by a local company.
Viewpoint Animation Engineering, Orem, made the 3-D equipment available to give students an expanded experience in research, rendering and animation. The equipment, sold locally by Mira Imaging, is a digitizing system of the type used in medical research, computer aided design for art, architecture and industry, video production and desktop presentations.Viewpoint uses the equipment to create digitized recreations of automobile accidents for analysis. The technology derives from helmet-tracking devices installed in F-14 jet fighters. An aircraft's on-board computers compile information and display it inside a helmet visor, allowing the pilot to determine where threats are located.