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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Application Highlight: Scanning for Thermoforming

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In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at an application that a scan-to-CAD workflow can really improve turnaround time on. Packaging manufacturers are tasked with creating packages that hold, protect, and display various consumer products. Two very common types of packaging include blister packs or clam-shell packaging. Though slightly different in their function, their manufacturing process starts out essentially the same. This where scanning can come in very handy. Both styles begin as thin plastic sheets that […]

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New Feature Highlight: Creaform’s GoScan Spark

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Fast on the heels of releasing their new inspection scanner, the HandyScan Black, Creaform has come out with another iteration in the GoScan family, the Spark. The Spark is a white light scanner capable of acquiring both the geometry and color of surfaces being scanned, making it ideal for reverse engineering and art/design applications. Here we’ll be going over some of the new features in the upgraded GoScan Spark model compared to the older GoScan 50 from Creaform. Accuracy – […]

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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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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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Why Choose 3D Scanning for Inspection?

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Importance of Inspection Quality control (QC) careers are on the rise in today’s economy. Advancements in manufacturing technology are pushing the envelope of design capabilities which in turn are driving the need for better ways of inspecting. The need for inspection has, and always will exist. It’s a drive towards perfection, optimization and, overall, a well-oiled machine. That’s why processes exist such as first article inspection (FAI). FAI’s are some of the most common forms of quality control. A FAI […]

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Does a powder spray affect your 3D scanned measurement?

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In the past, 3D scanners have traditionally struggled with three main types of part surfaces, namely shiny, dark, and clear. Because these scanners are vision-based systems, if the cameras can’t detect the lasers being projected onto the part surface, we can’t collect any surface data. Each of these surface types interferes with scanning in their own way. Shiny parts reflect and scatter the lasers, dark parts absorb the lasers, and on clear parts the lasers simply pass through rendering the […]

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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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Reverse Engineering for the Pros

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CREAFORM has released a new scanner; the Go!SCAN Spark! You can read more about the new features here: Go!SCAN Spark. One of the new features of the Spark is the ability to scan at an impressive rate of 1.5 million measurements/ sec with an adjustable scanning area which makes it perfect for reverse engineering. In this blog, I would like to cover a scanning application with the new Goscan Spark.   Here we have a scan of a custom finished […]

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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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