• Who can benefit from 3D scanning?

    Basically, if time and/or money is valuable to you and what you do is involved with any point of a typical manufacturing process, then you can benefit from 3D scanning! Look for signals like these to help you identify if 3D scanning can help you:

    Complex Forms : Do you work with complex shapes or parts?
    Measurement Difficulty : Is throughput affected by time/effort spent measuring?
    Fighting CAD : Do you have to fight CAD to get it to do what you want?
    Lacking CAD: : Do you have a part with limited, inadequate, or missing CAD?
    Legacy CAD : Do you have outdated or inherited CAD models?
    Legacy Parts : Do you have parts with limited, inaccurate or no CAD model?
    Restoration : Do you need to restore old or missing parts?
    Scaling : Do you ever work on parts that are similar but scaled up or down?
    Size : Do you need to assess a large object, structure, or environment? Or on the other end of the spectrum, do you need data from something small or with very complex, detailed features?
    Aftermarket : Do you need to design around someone else's parts?
    Fit : Do you have issues making parts fit or seal? Do they have complex interfaces?
    Hand Working : Do you ever hand work designs, prototypes or molds?
    Documentation : Could the documentation of your object be improved?
    Archival Storage : Have you run out of warehouse space for objects you must store?
    Visual Model : Do you need to visually represent your object digitally in 3D for a website or other display purposes?
  • Does the material of my part make a difference for scanning purposes?

    Generally, no. Almost any material lends itself to 3D scanning. Although photogrammetry process can have trouble with black, translucent or reflective objects due to standard photography and lighting difficulties of such objects. These objects can be sprayed with a flat white talc powder. It would be an extremely rare case if we could not scan an object because of its material.

  • How does using a non-contact Photogrammetry compare with using other 3D scanners?

    Non-contact 3D scanning can scan large objects like buildings, which would otherwise be difficult with

    Non-contact 3D scanning provides the benefit of full 3D data.

    Non-contact 3D scanning greatly reduces the amount of human error that is possible, especially compared to caliper

    Additional advantages of non-contact 3D scanning are that it removes the element of probe compensation error and is much faster on curved, free-form shapes. Unless you are measuring a box or an object with very prismatic features, 3D scanning provides a huge time savings advantage.

  • What 3D scanning services do you provide?

    We can scan almost any object you need. Large or small, rigid or curvey, shiny or dull, wood or aluminum, we can scan it. At this time we use only photogrammetry technology to scan.

  • How long does it take to get a part scanned?

    We typically quote 2 weeks from part delivery to deliverable, but we can provide your 3D scan data faster if needed. We work with our clients to meet their time schedules and their complete satisfaction.

  • Are there size constraints for scanning small/large parts?

    In general, size is not an issue using the photogrammetry technology, unless in extreme case where the part is too small with intricate features.

  • What file types does 3D Scan Solutions output it's data to?

    Typically, we deliver files as IGES, STEP or SolidWorks parametric models. However, we are experienced in almost every CAD package and work with our clients to get them files in a format they require.

  • What CAD packages will 3D Scan Solutions data work with?

    3D Scan Solutions is experienced in almost every CAD/CAM package and we work with our clients to get them the file in a format they need. Some examples of these CAD/CAM packages are SolidWorks, Pro/E, AutoCAD, Rhino, SolidEdge, Unigraphics/NX, ArtCAM, CATIA, and more.

  • What kinds of things can I use the 3D scan data for?

    Some CAM packages allow users to machine (molds, plugs, lasts, etc.) directly from 3D scan data. 3D scan data can also be used directly for reverse engineering, quality inspection, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis, visual models, rapid prototyping, digital archiving, and scaling of models among other things. With reverse engineered surface and solid files, the possibilities are limitless.

  • Can I get parametric data from a 3D scanner?

    Yes. While 3D scanners do not directly output parametric data, our experienced engineers can reverse engineer fully parametric models based on the 3D scan data.

  • Can I create 2D paper drawings from the 3D scan data?

    Yes. While 3D scanners cannot directly output a 2D paper drawing of your object, you can easily create one using the resulting CAD data that we obtain from our 3D scan data. Additionally, our experienced team of engineers and draftsmen can create 2D drawings for use in any machine shop.

  • Do you provide on-site scanning services?

    Yes – since photogrammetry involves digital photography to produce 3D models, we can provide on-site services also.

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