3D Scanning Target Tips and Tricks

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The Creaform HandySCAN Black Elite 3D Scanner is a very fast, accurate, and powerful machine when it comes down to it. The only thing that can cause trouble is having to put the tracking targets on the part before you can scan anything. Also the issue of having to take them off. Usually, this isn’t much of a problem for average-sized parts that are only a couple of feet across. But if the part you are scanning is too small […]

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Customized Parts for a Subaru Dashboard

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Making 3rd party parts and items for the car market can be very challenging. This is because every year, every car and truck model change their geometry. Sometimes not a lot, but just enough so that you will need to design new geometries to fit the new models. The hard part about this is there are a lot of curved surfaces and organic shapes in cars nowadays and especially in the dashboard area. To accurately get those dimensions without the […]

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Polyworks Airfoil Gauges

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Airfoils (such as wings, propeller blades, turbine blades, and hydrofoils) are very complex and optimized shapes. Each airfoil design will have a large amount of unique and hard to measure values to it. It’s all well and good to have the design on your CAD data but if you want to evaluate this information on real-life airfoil it can be very difficult and time consuming. Lucky for us with Polyworks Inspector we can access the ‘Airfoil Gauges’ to automatically extract […]

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3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

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When you need to put complex assemblies together that have a lot of different pieces it can be a challenge to do it efficiently, let alone easily. What makes a job like this much better is creating a custom fixture to hold of your parts in place while you do the assembly. This allows you to put the parts together much safer, quicker, and more efficiently, which is what matters when working on a high capacity assembly line or even […]

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GoSCAN Scanning Tips

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The GoSCAN 50 and 20 are very versatile machines. They collect the surface data by projecting out a square of structured light, it looks a lot like a QR code, and figures out what the surface shape is based on the distortion of the pattern. Because of this type of scanning the scanner can collect texture data and also track the objects geometry and natural features. This lets the scanner be able to scan large parts without needing to apply […]

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How to flush out an Objet Connex Printer

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The best practice for keeping Objet Printers up and running well is to keep them working and happy. You should be running a print job on an Objet machine at least once a week, just to keep the fluids flowing so you don’t get any clogs accidentally. Sometimes you know that you will not be needing to do any print jobs on your Objet printer in the near future. You can either go print a random hand out part on […]

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3D Scanning: Using a Work In Progress (WIP) Model with a Roland CNC

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Creaform 3D Scanners can be used for many more things beyond quality control/inspection of parts or reverse engineering existing parts. With more uses comes less downtime on your Creaform scanner resulting in a better return on investment. One of the less prominent areas you can use your scanner for is to make a ‘Work In Progress’ (WIP) model for use with CNC machining. Sometimes when machining you will have a part that is part way machined from the stock but not […]

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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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