3D Scanner Articles

Part Replication with a 3D Scanner

At some point, most manufacturers will need to replicate a part for which there is no original CAD file. Perhaps it’s a tool nearing the end of its life, a legacy part that was designed in the pre-CAD days, or a component that was modified after the CAD model was created…

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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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Bringing Prototypes to Life with a 3D Scanner

Prototyping is a critical step in manufacturing, and accurate prototypes are required to prove out concept designs, validate research, and to help stakeholders visualize and buy in to new product innovations. 3D scanners are particularly effective at describing and representing even the most complex shape in CAD, CAM, or CAE systems.

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Achieving Cost-Effective Model-Based Design with a 3D Scanner

For many original design and equipment manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs), model based design (MBD) is becoming a favoured method to flow requirements to their manufacturing suppliers. But it may be difficult for many manufacturers to support while maintaining promised lead times and keeping prices competitive. But, a 3D scanner provides an answer to this conundrum.

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Enhance Injection Mold Tryouts with a 3D Scanner

Injection-mold tryouts provide mold makers with an important means of testing and documenting the quality of their products for customers. Tryouts are used to prove out the mold and repair any defects before it is shipped to customers.

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Measuring & Inspecting Medical Parts with a 3D Scanner

Medical device components, such as implants and prosthetics, pose a number of challenges for manufacturers. In addition to being highly complex, they need to be extremely reliable for use in human patients. Moreover, some medical devices are custom “one-of-a-kind” parts with very specific measurements for an individual patient.

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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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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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Improving Quality Control Processes with a 3D Scanner

One of the many benefits of a 3D laser scanner is that it is suitable in most quality control environments. In particular, a 3D scanner can enhance 100% inspection, statistical process control (SPC), and part production approval processes (PPAP).

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Assess How a Part Changes Over Time Using a 3D Laser Scanner

3D laser scanners are invaluable tools for part comparisons, such asCcomparing a manufactured part to its intended design (CAD model) to analyze deviations and comparing a new part to an older known good part to troubleshoot problems. An equally valuable but less well-known method is to compare a part to itself.

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Pierre Aubrey ShapeGrabber

3D Quality Inspection Reaches New Realms

While economic downturns take hard tolls on businesses and individuals alike, history shows that our economies grow stronger as we emerge from recessions. The automotive sector provides a current example, now “hiring again, growing faster than airplane-makers, shipbuilders, health-care providers and the federal government.”

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David O'Connor ShapeGrabber

No Part? No Problem.

You can accelerate manufacturing production by preparing your 3D inspection program in advance of actual parts being available. In fact, if you have a CAD model you have everything you need. Using the method below, your inspection program can hit the ground running.

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Pierre Aubrey ShapeGrabber

Supporting Cost-Effective Model-Based Design with 3D Scanning

For many original design and equipment manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs), model based definition (MBD) is becoming a favoured method to flow requirements to their manufacturing suppliers. But it may be difficult for many manufacturers to support while maintaining promised lead times and keeping prices competitive. But, 3D scanning provides an answer to this conundrum.

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