Creaform 3D scanner tracking, MetraSCAN

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Creaform has three main 3D scanners for collecting surface data information. There is the Go!SCAN, the HandySCAN, and the MetraSCAN. All three of these have different ways in which they figure out where they are in 3D space relative to the geometry being scanned. Previously, we looked at the Go!SCAN and HandySCAN so this time we will take a dive into the MetraSCAN. The MetraSCAN is the largest of the Creaform scanners, both in size of the scanner itself and […]

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Creaform HandySCAN Portable 3D Scanner Tracking

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Creaform has three main portable 3D scanners for collecting surface data information. There is the Go!SCAN, the HandySCAN, and the MetraSCAN. All three of these have different ways in which they figure out where they are in 3D space relevant to the geometry being scanned. Last time we looked at the Go!SCAN so this time we will take a dive into the HandySCAN. The HandySCAN differs quite a bit from how the Go!SCAN works. Where the Go!SCAN uses a white […]

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Creaform portable 3D scanner tracking, Go!SCAN

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Creaform has three main portable 3D scanners for collecting surface data information. There is the Go!SCAN, the HandySCAN, and the MetraSCAN. All three of these have different ways in which they figure out where they are in 3D space relative to the geometry being scanned. Lets take a look a the different methods each scanner uses to help identify which scanner could work better for your application. Keep in mind that this is just one aspect to choosing which scanner […]

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3D Scanning, Reverse Engineering in SOLIDWORKS, and 3D Printing a Buckle Clip

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Meet Rob, Rob has a leg brace, but one of the buckles broke. Poor Rob. Lets make a new clip for Rob! How are we going to go about reverse engineering this fairly complex clip design? We could use the old caliper method, but it might be hard to get some of the angles right and it would take a while. Lets see what else we have on hand around the office. We can get accurate measurements from one of […]

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What are Creaform’s VXElements, VXModel, and VXInspect?

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When you research 3D scanners you will notice very quickly that the software that processes the information from the 3D scanner is a critical part of the package. There are a lot of different softwares out there, and they are not all created equal. Most deal with the raw point cloud data that you then have to clean up and go through the process of creating the surfaces and mesh before any of the real work can start. The Creaform […]

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3D Scanning Do’s and Don’ts Part 1

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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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Creaform VXElements Shortcuts and Help

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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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Print Large Parts

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Print Large Parts Print large parts from you’re 3D Printers! That is to say, print sections of your large parts and assemble them together after the fact. If you have investigated 3D printers recently you will notice a pretty direct correlation between price and the build chamber size of the machine. Stratasys machines are no exception with the cheapest commercial grade printer by Stratasys having a 5”X5”X5” build chamber. The largest of the Stratasys printers has a 3ftX2ftX3ft build chamber, […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning Tips

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Creaform 3D Scanning Tips The Creaform handheld 3d scanners are very easy to use and acquire data very quickly. In fact, the scanners are so easy to use with their ability to self-position in relation to the parts being scanned that you can just hold the part in one hand and the scanner in the other to create the entire mesh of the part. With that being said, it does come down to what you are trying to get out […]

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Polyjet’s Superior Surface Finish

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Polyjet’s Superior Surface Finish Stratasys has two main technologies under its umbrella and each has its own advantages, Polyjet and FDM. Depending on what you need from your prototype, or end use part, you can narrow down which technology you might need. Let’s say you are looking for a nice aesthetic part to emulate the end product. This could be for showing investors what you will be making or to convey ideas to the sales team or even for the […]

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