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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Deep Dive into Reverse Engineering a 3D Scanned Propeller

One of the main uses of 3D Scanners is reverse engineering, and this may seem like a daunting task. Today, we will be taking a look at this process and how we can accomplish this using VXmodel and SOLIDWORKS. For our example, we’ll be reverse engineering a propeller. Once we have our 3D scanned propeller, we need to properly align it so that the origin and planes correspond with our CAD system to avoid extra steps later on in the […]

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Choosing the Right 3D Scanner for You

Choosing the Right 3D Scanner for You Welcome back to Justifying 3D Scanning for your Business. This is part 2 of a 2 part series, if you haven’t read part 1 yet you can read it here. In this blog we will discuss different criteria to consider when choosing a 3D scanner. There are many different types of 3D scanners and scanning technology. Everything from tracked 3D scanners, structured light systems to plugin-play portable 3D scanners. Below is an outline […]

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3D SCANNERS IN EDUCATION

As we move toward the future of manufacturing and design, consumers are demanding a more 4.0 Industry trend. This new trend takes old industry models and leaves them in the dust and at the forefront of it all, technology is setting the pace. The impact that technology has had on today’s schools has been quite significant. This widespread adaptation of technology has completely changed how teachers teach and students learn. By embracing and integrating technology in the classroom, we are […]

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Calibrating the HandySCAN 3D

Calibrating the Creaform HandySCAN 3D Changes in the environment may affect the scanner calibration, mostly due to pressure or temperature variations. Optimizing the calibration allows you to get back to the initial measuring characteristics. VXelements includes an application to optimize the scanner calibration, available through Configure | Scanner | Calibration or by clicking on Scanner calibration in the main toolbar. Creaform will recommend doing this each time you use the scanner. An annual factory calibration is also recommended to keep […]

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