Enterprising digital experts prove small is beautiful.
A company based in Woking that provides specialist 3D scanning services and measurement has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by promotional campaign Small Business Saturday.
Physical Digital provides high-accuracy 3D non-contact scanning and measurement services for a diverse range of clients. The company, which uses globally-recognised 3D scanning systems, to capture high-resolution images of objects and reverse engineer these images into 2D engineering drawings or 3D models.
Physical Digital is among the select businesses featured to have a dedicated day in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on 3 December.
In 2005 MD Tim Rapley spotted a niche in the market and the firm has since grown to eight highly-trained staff offering a wide range of 3D scanning-related services, including reverse engineering, which now accounts for a significant proportion of its turnover.
Office manager Ruth Spice explained: “Over the years we have captured data from aircraft, wind turbines, sports cars, watches and even rubber ducks. We have scanned underground train carriages and medical components, historical artefacts such as the 200-year-old prototype Davy safety lamp and the last remaining airworthy Battle of Britain Spitfire Mark IIa. One of our staff even reverse engineered an engagement ring for his fiancée. She said yes.”
“We believe that SMEs have a disproportionately positive impact on society, providing employment and supporting business development