Making the Most Out of Your 3D Scanner

In this time of innovation and technology, having 3D scanner as one of them, people would often ask- who would benefit from it? The fast answer is whoever is in engineering, manufacturing, development, design, testing or surveying. The technology behind 3D scanning could be applied at whatever point which results in saving money, time, and material. The results of 3D scanning are definitely higher quality. This means that there will be better-fitting parts which are more affordable to manufacture. With such technology, the cost of the design cycle kin manufacturing is greatly reduced by up to 75%.

Concept Phase

Conceptualizing an idea is now possible with physical objects. Industrial designers do this in foam-lead design or clay-lead design. The use of a 3D scanner may also be used at the idea conceptualization stage by digitizing an object and using it as versions when illustrating concepts.


This innovative technology can be administered at the design stage by beginning with an object and utilizing it to design a model. Most of the time, designers will be designing around or to fit the design to the existing objects. The mating of the parts can also be scanned and then incorporated into the specific design. This results in different parts that better fit on a continuous basis.


Moreover, 3D scanning is also applied to a prototype phase in so many different ways; one common example is the reduction of the number of design cycles for the prototype that are necessary. Any part that is designed with the use of a 3D scan data usually only requires one or no prototypes as it is specifically designed utilizing exact measures of the world. This scanning technology could also be maximized when combining it with prototyping in order to scale objects.


By utilizing a 3D scan data, any object could be translated straight to engineering stage of a project and then moved on from there. This is always used to accomplish CAE, CFD, FEA as well as other engineering-analysis on different objects that are factory-made and physically-modified.


3D scanning is even used to catch whatever changes there is to parts or tooling that happens on the shop-floor. In most cases, tooling is “hand tuned” to gain the final wanted look and the finish of a part. With 3D scanning, hand-modifications as well as optimizations could be moved from tool to tool in order to guarantee that all manufactured parts match after- production. Moreover, it may also be utilized to examine and describe tool wear on the creation, and as long as it is used properly, to eliminate or predict a failure in the tool. In case of a failure, the 3D scan data could be used to reconstruct the enhanced part.

The world is getting bigger and more demanding, thus the need for us to have the best technologies around and 3D technology is such a big help to us.