3D scanning brings real world objects onto the computer as editable 3D CAD models. Using blue light scanning technology, the scanner projects a series of linear patterns across the object, and as the pattern changes, the scanner’s cameras capture the light displacement on the object’s surface and to calculate 3D coordinate measurements. Our team of engineers takes the data produced by the scanner and converts it into a usable solid model that can then be modified and used for further design tasks.
In-house 3D scanning allows us to take something in the physical world and have a highly accurate and detailed 3D digital model that we can redesign and re-engineer as needed.
3D scanning can be utilized for a variety of purposes:
- Reverse Engineering – Some projects benefit from starting with 3D CAD of an existing part. We can create parametric design files based on in-house 3D scanning and processing. An example of one of our reverse engineering projects can be seen here.
- Dimensional Inspection – When launching a new product or evaluating the manufacturing process of an existing line, inspecting dimensions is critical.
- Scan-to-Print – Some organic or handmade designs may be too costly to design in CAD. 3D scanning offers a way to quickly replicate a shape and have it ready for 3D printing or other methods of manufacturing.