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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Benefits of Using Geomagic Design X in Reverse Engineering

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VXmodel is a great tool for reverse engineering (RE). It has a direct transfer to SOLIDWORKS, SolidEdge, and Inventor. The process, as shown here, is a simple one. Create entities in VXmodel, transfer them to CAD, and then use them to guide the RE process. However, like Tim Taylor, I sometimes like “More power!” That extra power comes with Geomagic Design X. Unlike VXmodel, Design X comes with it’s own CAD backbone. This means that the entire RE process is […]

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From Scan to SOLIDWORKS in a Few Simple Steps

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One of the great benefits of 3D scanning is the ability to quickly turn a physical model into a digital model for CAD design.  There are 2 main methods for achieving a CAD model using 3D scanning: Method 1. Extract information from the scanned data in parametric form to rebuild in CAD software. Method 2. Extract a non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) Surface from the scanned data. Both methods result in a usable CAD model, method 1 requires the user to […]

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Creaform Scanning with HandySCAN 700

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How fast can you scan a part? Some of the most common questions asked during a Trade Show Creaform Product demo fall along this thread: “How fast is the scanner?” “What does a 1min scan look like?” “Can you get good data in under a minute?”  “What if I only care about this one section of the part, will that speed up the process?” In order to better understand their needs, I ask about their current measurement methodology. I also […]

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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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Accurately Reverse Engineering an Assembly

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Reverse engineering an assembly accurately at the part level and determining how the parts fit together can be challenging. I ran into a simple example of this while recreating a tissues holder for our office. A coworker of mine has an Easter Island head tissue holder that has been broken. In this case, the head had come unglued from the base and would not stay upright without falling off.  Luckily it could stay together when laying down.  We’ll go over […]

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New Feature of Vxelements 6.3

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New to CREAFORM’s Vxelements 6.3 is the ability to perform an automatic pre-alignment between your scan and CAD model for inspection. One of the most powerful things about inspection software is the ability to perform fitting calculations and with this new functionality, extracting critical feature information is that much easier.   Prior to release 6.3, CREAFORM used a point-pair method for creating best-fit alignment. Essentially the user would pick a minimum of 3 points that are in the same location […]

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Tips and Tricks for VX Model: Patching Holes

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Anyone familiar with 3D scanning knows that small holes in your scan are inevitable. Whether they are screw holes, pinholes, countersunk, or counterbore, you just can’t always capture the entirety of a small hole. Now, this begs the questions: “Do you just ignore them, or do you fix them?”. This depends entirely on what your scan is being used for. If you’re scanning to extract a surface from a mold design, then maybe you can just ignore those screw holes […]

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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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3D Scanning for Custom Footwear Part 1

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  On-Demand Personalization is on the Rise In today’s modern age, the new size is custom. With giant strides in technology like 3D printing and 3D scanning, what used to be cost-prohibitive customization is now possible. With the movement of e-commerce by consumers, it also brought about the ability to do away with off-the-shelf, one-size fits all purchasing. Consumers are looking not only at aesthetics and beauty in products but also quality, comfort and unique fit. This movement can be […]

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