The Technology of 3D Scanning: Part I

Is nearly everything possible with the technology of 3D Scanning? This comes as a vital question. Those who have interest in the field have reached the perfect place to discover more about this technology. Next 2 posts will be spent on discussing what this technology is, its working principle and why there is need to care for its progress over the coming years.

Most people are not aware of the 3D scanner and its operation. This device helps in measuring a specific object or the surrounding areas using x-rays, laser or light. It helps in the creation of polygon meshes or point clouds depending on area hit by laser/light on the object. The collected data points are fed inside a computer which are then processed for creating 3-dimensional rendering related to space or physical object.

Next comes, for what purpose a technology of such type is used. People all over the world used 3D scanning for recording data related to equipment parts and devices such as aircraft, vehicles and machinery for which digital blueprint is unavailable. The entire process makes it easy for engineers when it comes to updating designs and making modifications.

For ensuring product quality, 3D scanning is also used. It helps with the comparison of a device’s or machine’s physical part to the CAD designs. The combination of this technology with printing technology helps with objects physical creation which are used throughout different industries like fashion, transportation, health care, dentistry and others.

The technology is also used by architects as it helps with entire building scanning which can be replicated on a computer. If there is a 3-dimensional model available then modifications and updates are much easier to make.

The examples provided above present only few things which can easily be accomplished with such technology. This might make people wonder as to why such a technology would be required for personal life or business? The basic fact is that it helps in making life easier. Object models can easily be created and there is no requirement for experts as such devices are available with software which help with automatic execution of processes.

Therefore, it is quite clear that be it reverse engineering or inspection of parts or creation of archives of physical objects, 3D scanning is the technology which helps with all such tasks in a simple, easy and highly effective manner.

Author Bio: This article is written by Tony Rollan on behalf of EMS USA, Inc, a leading engineering and manufacturing company that sells rapid product development products and services including 3D Systems 3D Printers and 3D Scanners. Tony has worked for several years as a marketing consultant for various manufacturing industries. Blogging is one of his best relaxing activities.

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