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To Use a 3D Scanning Service -- or Not

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

To Use a 3D Scanning Service – or Not

3D laser scanning is the process of converting physical objects into precise digital models.  The size of the object is no problem.  You can scan a building or a small tool.  Laser scanning lets you quickly and accurately capture your object’s shape and geometries. This process supplies you with a complete digital representation of your object, which you can use for reverse engineering, quality inspection or any other activity that requires an accurate 3D representation of an object. 

Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning

  • Fast, ultra-accurate results, reducing your time to market (saving you time and money!)
  • Complete measurement data of the entire surface of your object, verifying that the as-built part matches your CAD model
  • True CAD models for FEA testing of actual geometry to correct problems before parts go into production
  • CAD models to validate tooling, even when no current models exist

Profile data of the whole part so assemblies can be digitally put together, revealing inaccuracies and interferences in matched technology and expertise.

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Capture Your Object with 3D Scanning

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

Capture Your Object with 3D Scanning

Just a few years ago, 3D scanning was described as a "growing method of measurement and image access."  Today, 3D scanning has come of age! There are many types of scanning devices for a broad range of applications:

  • Manufacturing companies use 3D scanning for everything from reverse engineering, first article inspection, quality control inspection, and object analysis to creation of documentation. 
  • The AEC marketing makes use of 3D scanning to create "as-built" models or to duplicate intricate architectural designs. 
  • Artists use 3D scanning to recreate three dimensional objects of all kinds. 
  • Scientists, archeologists and historians use 3D scanning to duplicate and recreate objects from fossils, shards and other unearthed objects.

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What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 02:04 PM

What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Some market predictions show that the 3D printing market is the United States is expected to show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between the years 2016 and 2022.  The prediction is for a marketing at or above $30.19 Billion by 2022.  While this prediction includes all kinds of 3D printing, from desk-top hobby printing to high-end industrial printing, industrial 3D printers are expected to account for the largest share of the printing market during the forecast period due to these three reasons:

  • increase in accuracy per inch of part dimension
  • faster printing speed
  • introduction of new materials
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Topics: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing

3D Scan and Model Infographic

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 02:03 PM

3D Scan and Model Infographic

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Topics: 3D Modeling, 3D Scanning

Capture Parts, Molds, Buildings and More with 3D Scanning and Modeling

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Feb 06, 2017 @ 05:11 PM

Capture Parts, Molds, Buildings and More with 3D Scanning and Modeling

Need to make manufacturing design changes?  But you don’t have parts data and documentation?  No problem!  3D Scanning technology coupled with 3D modeling lets you generate your parts library and documentation.

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Topics: 3D Modeling, 3D Scanning

What's New in Scan to CAD?

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 @ 03:11 PM

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.

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Topics: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, 3d CAD

The Pros and Cons of Using a 3D Scanning Service

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 05:36 PM

The Pros and Cons of Using a 3D Scanning Service

What do you do if you have a project that requires 3D scanning, but you don’t have a 3D scanner?  Buy? Rent?  Outsource?  How do you decide?

We sell 3D scanners and also provide 3D scanning services, so we’re in a unique position to know what factors drive the decision. 

Cost

Let’s face it—first and foremost with nearly every business decision you make, the cost plays a big part.  Of course, cost is often more than just how much you pay for the equipment.  There’s also the cost of your employees’ time to learn how to use the equipment, and then to actually perform the 3D scanning for your project.  Consider, also, the cost of the time required to manipulate the file once the scanning is completed. 

Do you have the internal expertise and the time to take the job to its completion?  Are you measuring, inspecting, modeling, reverse engineering?  What’s the end result and are you able to do it in-house without taking resources from other important projects?

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How 3D Scanning Improves the Design of Artificial Limbs

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 02:40 PM

How 3D Scanning Improves the Design of Artificial Limbs

Just twenty years ago it could take months to get the fitting just right on an artificial limb. But today, advances in prosthetic technology can cut the time by half or even more.  One of those advances is 3D scanning.  

Without 3D scanning technology, creating an artificial limb or brace requires a patient to be measured manually and a plaster cast to be created. The cast is then sent to a brace manufacturer. If the measurements or plaster cast didn’t come out perfectly, the results could be a brace that does not fit properly.  Then, the process would need to be started all over. 

But, by using the right 3D scanner and software, a CAD file can be created and emailed directly to the brace or prosthesis manufacturer.  The manufacturer uses the CAD file to program a milling machine, or even to power a 3D printer that will “print” the limb.

Yes, medical manufacturing has come a long way with the advancement of new technology and materials!

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Use 3D Scanning to Measure Part Surface Dimensions

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 06:08 PM

Use 3D Scanning to Measure Part Surface Dimensions

In a hurry to get product to market?  Use 3D laser scanning technology to measure part surface dimensions.

The right laser scanning equipment can accurately define localized shrinkage in a cast or molded component. Often times, this method is used to troubleshoot tooling by developing surfaces of the sink area and using the new CAD geometry to modify the tooling insert. What’s more, on small parts the organic-shaped sink can be replicated to 2 or 3 ten-thousandths of an inch. Miniature sinks can be replicated to less than a micron using white light scanning or laser micro-scanning.

This is a very precise method of obtaining results when qualifying tooling.   A typical turn-time to receive new CAD data is 24-48 hours, allowing inserts to be accurately modified quickly. The process has been successfully applied to sealing surfaces, bearing areas, and any application where shape is critical.  This method is useful when part wall thickness cannot be changed or process modifications cannot adequately compensate for sinks.

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Topics: 3D Scanning

3D Scanning & Data Capture Costs and Platforms

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

3D Scanning & Data Capture Costs and Platforms

In a continuation of our discussion in our previous blog post, today, we look at the costs associated with 3D scanning and the platforms used in 3D scanning

3D scanning enhances the deign process, speeds up and reduces data collection errors, saves time and is an attractive alternative to traditional data collection techniques. 3D scanning is also used for mobile mapping, surveying, scanning of buildings and building interiors, and in archaeology. 

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Topics: 3D Scanning

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