3D Scanning

The process of converting a physical object into digital information for the purpose modification or 3D printing.

How 3D Scanning Works

Our 3D Scanner captures objects utilizing multi-laser technology with up to one million points a minute by measuring the size and shape of a surface. Laser 3D scanning an object or mapping the point cloud data is a non-contact process. Surface reflection, color, surface finish, size, and type of geometry all affect the scanning results. Shiny surfaces will deflect the beam and dark surfaces will absorb it. Often times the part must be prepared before it can be scanned.  Most 3D scanning systems can only capture "line of sight" geometry which means that deep cavities or hidden geometry that cannot be scanned may require additional post-processing.

How can scanning for Reverse Engineering help me?

You can greatly reduce the design cycle time by utilizing 3D scanning technology to reverse engineer parts. Laser 3D scanning is the preferred, most accurate, and automated way to acquire 3D digital data for reverse engineering. Utilizing popular CAD software, the point cloud data is referenced to create a 3D Parametric CAD model.

Software and Industries

Popular Design Software compatibility includes SolidWorks, 3Ds Max, ZBrush, Rhino, Mathematica and more. Our 3D Scanners are great for industries such as art, design, manufacturing, architectural and much more.


How Accurate is 3D Scanning?

Depending on the scan mode of operation, .0012" -.015".

Supported Exporting Formats

We can supply a file in any of these popular formats.

  • STL
  • OBJ
  • VRML
  • XYZ
  • PLY

3D Scanning Demonstration

Results of the 3D Scan – 3D Viewer

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