How to Use Older Versions of SOLIDWORKS with VXelements

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YOU! You like to be on the cutting edge of technology in your industry, right? RIGHT! That’s why you have a Creaform 3D scanner and SOLIDWORKS. (Or you’re interested and that’s why you’re reading our amazing blogs.) However, being on the bleeding edge of technology can cause some confusion sometimes and that’s okay! For instance: because you’re such a trailblazer you definitely have SOLIDWORKS 2020 on your computer but there might be some small bugs here and there when using […]

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3D Scanner Basics: Alternatives to Targeting Parts

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During my time working with CATI and Creaform 3D scanners, I have received many different iterations of the same question over and over. Something along the lines of: “Do you need targets on the part?” or “What are those stickers? Do we need those?” For the HandySCAN and Go!SCAN, there is an easy answer. YES! … But there is some wiggle room if you’re resourceful. First, a little explanation about the targets. Basically, they’re small stickers (or magnets) with a […]

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3D Scanner Basics: Reverse Engineering and Inspection

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Welcome to Part Two of a short series of posts about the basics of 3D scanners. Part One talks about what 3D scanners are and how they work. What are they used for? Maybe the previous article piqued your interest or maybe you already knew about 3D scanners but weren’t sure how they would be used in your operation. This article will go through the two main uses of 3D scanners and compare them to other common technologies in these […]

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3D Scanner Basics

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What are 3D scanners? Simply put, 3D scanners are devices that are used to take real-world, tangible objects and transfer their geometry into computer data. They provide an alternative measurement method to options such as hand measurements that are slow and unreliable or using a CMM (coordinate-measuring machine) which are slow and require you to move your part to a lab and place it in a special fixture. Our 3D scanners don’t require any hard setup of the part nor […]

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