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3D Scanning Technology

The Benefits of Investing in a 3D Scanning Technology

3D scanning technology has become the mainstream tool for reverse engineering and complex part inspection. It bridges the gap between the physical world and 3D design software, changing the product design workflow.

Understanding its usefulness is an important consideration when investing in one.

So how does it exactly bring value to your 3D printing?

Reverse Engineering

3D Laser scanning is the fastest, most accurate way to acquire 3D digital data for reverse engineering. It is the ideal tool for reverse engineering legacy products for design changes, manufacturing replacements, and incorporation into new designs. The output of a 3D scanner is a point cloud. A point cloud is simply thousands or millions of X,Y,Z coordinates, each coordinate being a measurement of the scanned subject. Reverse engineering is the term commonly used to describe the process of converting or re-engineering a point cloud into a 3D CAD model.

3D software like, Geomagic Wrap and Geomagic Design X, deliver an easy-to-use, fast, accurate path from point clouds to 3D polygonal mesh and to surface models that can be used for engineering, manufacturing and industrial design. Once a designer reverse engineers an object, these software can transfer the model natively into most major CAD software packages. The result is a native, full-parametric CAD model with a fully editable feature tree.

Verification and Validation

3D scanning provides the ideal solution for measuring, inspecting, and troubleshooting the shape and dimensions of an object. Engineers and designers are often given the challenging task of determining why a product is not fitting or functioning properly. Determining the cause of a problem is difficult with traditional measurement instruments.

3D scanners, such as Kreon Ace Measuring Arm and Scanner, provide a clear picture of an object. Defects such as warp, twist, and wear become apparent when the scan data of a manufactured part is compared to the original CAD model.

Implementing 3D scanning into the design process gives a company many advantages over its competition. In addition to efficiencies in product design departments, 3D scanning offers cost and time savings for manufacturing and quality control.