3D Scanning and Data Capture

3D scanning is a high-accuracy data capture method. It is the first step toward a variety of technical applications including Reverse Engineering and scan-to-CAD comparison. Data capture with 3D scanning is efficient, flexible, and highly accurate. What can we scan? From the face of a penny, to the contours of a fighter jet and everything in between. A variety of scanning technologies are leveraged as needed given constraints of material, size and complexity. See how scanning can be used in your industry.

Scanning Platforms

  • Red Light Laser
  • Blue Light Laser
  • White Light
  • CMM-Mounted Systems
  • Arm-Mounted Portable Systems
  • CT Scanning (for internals)
    • Laminate and Composite
    • AM Internal Features

Applications and Outputs

  • Precision Dimensional
  • Surface and/or Area
  • Deviation Analysis
  • CMM-Mounted Systems
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Raw Point Data
  • Neutral Files

Coverage: for Organic Shapes

Organic shapes such as rifle stock, computer mouse, motorcycle helmet, or prosthetic - can be very difficult to define with traditional CMM inspection. 3D scanning renders this as a non-factor. Scanners collect high resolution data on organic surfaces very quickly and accurately. A point cloud contains millions of points which can be used to show incredibly fine detail in any near-flat or contoured surface.

Speed: Gather Data Quickly

A typical CMM will capture a few dozen points per minute. Scanning can capture hundreds of thousands of points per minute. 3D scanning is an excellent tool for product and process designers who are looking to quickly capture, measure, and verify that a part is conforming to spec. Scanning-based inspection (CAV) uses this full-coverage advantage to demonstrate deviation visually. Specific dimensions can be extracted from the 3D data at any time.

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