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Nancy Hairston

Dallas, TX
Nancy Hairston possesses 20+ years of experience as a digital technologist, traditional sculptor and entrepreneur. Her qualifications are channeled to the pursuit of integrating 3D technologies in the creation and manufacture of consumer, medical, technological and engineering products.

Receiving a BA in Sculpture from Loyola University in New Orleans, Ms. Hairston began an 8 year career in 3D modeling, special effects and animation with software company Alias | Wavefront | Silicon Graphics. Ms. Hairston was at the forefront in guiding the development of Maya software for the video game market in the mid 1990’s.

In 2000, Ms. Hairston joined software company SensAble Technologies and was instrumental in designing and implementing the Rapid digital product development process for major American manufacturers.

She founded VanDuzen Inc. in 2002, and formed subsequent divisions – SculptCAD and MedCAD .

SculptCAD is a full service product design, 3D scanning and 3D printing firm, which also resells a variety of software, Creaform 3D scanners and Stratasys 3D printers.

In 2010, Hairston began the SculptCAD Rapid Artists project, which is a residency program for artists to utilize the digital tools at SculptCAD to produce sculpture for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers yearly trade show.

MedCAD is an FDA approved manufacturer of custom biomedical devices for neurosurgical, oral surgery and maxillofacial cases. MedCAD fabricates implants, splints and guides used in surgery, and also provides virtual surgical planning services. MedCAD also developed AccuPlan software for the planning of surgical cases.

Ms. Hairston speaks regularly, at various events, including TED, on the topic of Rapid technologies as they apply to art and medical applications. She sits on the advisory board for the Society for Manufacturing Engineers and the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX.

VanDuzen Inc. is based in Dallas, Texas.