What’s New in Scan to CAD?
It used to be that scan to CAD meant one thing: taking a paper drawing and it scanning with a large format scanner, then converting it via a process of raster to vector conversion, in order to end up with a digital CAD drawing. And while we still get calls for that type of service the whole nature and complexity of CAD has changed.
Today’s technology is all about 3D scanning to 3D CAD models, and in 2017 all indications are that we will be providing far more 3D scan to 3D model for our clients than ever before.
In fact, FARO, a trusted source for 3D measurement technology, says that “laser scanning technology has become established in many quarters -- from recording complex components, measuring buildings, façades, interiors and technical installations, to the documentation of traffic accidents and crime scenes.”
We know all about this technology. We know that it often requires many scans to generate one model. We also know that the larger the number of scans, the more complex the process becomes when it comes time to create a CAD model from individual scans or create visualizations of scanned objects from point clouds.