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3D Scanning Do’s and Don’ts Part 1

Creaform scanners are incredibly powerful tools. They can let you capture hundreds of thousands of points on the surface of a part every second all the while maintaining up to 30-micron accuracy. Sounds like it would be a complex and difficult process to be able to do, but as it turns out it is actually very easy and user friendly. In order to keep the process of 3D scanning going smooth there are a few things to keep in mind. […]

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Importance of 3D Scanners in Reverse Engineering

In my role as Reverse Engineering Specialist with CATI, I have seen many methods used in reverse engineering. I have used quite a few of them also. In this blog, we are going to look at the various techniques to gain a better understanding of why 3D Scanners are so helpful in this area and how other techniques can be used. The first method I ever used is the “Sketch Picture” method. This is used when you don’t actually have […]

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Scan to 3D Print

For many years, Additive Manufacturing has leaned heavily on the Computer Aided Design (CAD) world to print parts.  Until recently this was in the form of STL (Standard Tessellation Language) files.  STL files are a collection of points that create a 3D Object.  Lately, I have noticed more and more manufacturers moving towards native CAD Data for Printing. One technology is still making great use of the STL file, and that is 3D Scanning.  3D Scanners collect data about a […]

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Creaform VXElements Shortcuts and Help

VXElements is a big program. Not SOLIDWORKS big, but still has a lot of power behind it. So what do you do if you find yourself trying to use a new feature that you don’t have a lot of experience with? Well the simple answer is to use the embedded Help features! The Help feature is actually very useful within VXElements, unlike some other programs where it is expected. When you open up the Help menu you will notice that […]

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Justifying 3D Printing for Your Company (Part 2 of 3) – Collecting the Information

This a part 2 of a 3 part series discussing basics of justifying 3D printing equipment for your company. It is broken down into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer (click here to view previous blog) Collecting information Creating the presentation After completing Step 1 above, you should have narrowed your choice of 3D printing technologies and selected a couple of models to evaluate. Now we can begin Collecting Information for the justification process. Most people will consider […]

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