3D Scanner Articles


Measuring Soft Components with a 3D Scanner

As a non-contact measurement solution, a 3D scanner excels at measuring soft components, such as rubber seals or foam parts. Automated 3D scanners offer a fast, accurate, and non-invasive way to scan even the most complex flexible shapes.

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First Article Inspection with a 3D Scanner

Performing a thorough First Article Inspection (FAI) on new production parts is the norm across most industries, but the methods and tools used for FAI vary greatly. Recently, manufacturers have adopted 3D scanners as their main tool for FAI.

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Automotive Laser Scan

The 3D Scanning Experience

As someone who’s used almost every variety of scanner on the market, including structured light, LIDAR, CT, portable, and automated 3D scanners, I’ve noticed some similarities – and shortcomings – when it comes to industrial scanners.

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3D Scanning for Incoming Inspection

To ensure that incoming parts meet spec, some manufacturers perform incoming inspection. This is typically a sampling process, but in some cases can also be 100% inspection. A solid incoming inspection process reduces defects and costly manufacturing problems down the road.

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3D Inspection of the Inside of a Part

Manufacturers who use a 3D scanner in their quality inspection processes sometimes need to inspect the inside of a part. In such situations, 3D scanners are used along side CT scanners.

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3D Scanners in Industrial Environments

In a manufacturing environment, an industrial 3D scanner – such as those we produce at ShapeGrabber – is ideal. These 3D scanners are designed to function in noisy, dusty manufacturing environments and in ambient lighting. They are also designed for use by technicians and operators rather than engineers or scientists.

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