3D Scanner Basics

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What are 3D scanners? Simply put, 3D scanners are devices that are used to take real-world, tangible objects and transfer their geometry into computer data. They provide an alternative measurement method to options such as hand measurements that are slow and unreliable or using a CMM (coordinate-measuring machine) which are slow and require you to move your part to a lab and place it in a special fixture. Our 3D scanners don’t require any hard setup of the part nor […]

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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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What’s New Vxinspect 7.0

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CREAFORM are showing their true dedication to their customers by adding more and more improvements to their technology and software. If you haven’t already seen the new HandySCAN Black and Go!SCAN Spark released by CREAFORM and their incredible new functionality, then you must check them out.  Vxinspect 7.0 includes new features such as caliper tools, annotation upgrades, additional filter options and more. One specific filter to highlight is the Outlier filter. This filter allows the user to inspect features better by […]

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New Feature Highlight: Creaform’s HandyScan Black Part 2

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Creaform recently announced the next generation in their high accuracy laser scanning product line, the HandyScan Black series. This blog will go through a few of the changes they’ve implemented compared to the previous generation of HandyScan. Lasers – Color change and 50% Increase Creaform not only changed from their iconic red laser light system to a blue light one, but they added 4 additional laser crosses as well. This allows the Handyscan Black to pick up a broader range […]

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What’s New: Vxelements 7.0

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CREAFORM has just released the Vxelements 7.0 platform which will support their new HandySCAN BLACK and Go!SCAN SPARK. Vxelements 7.0 includes new features such as caliper tools in Vxinspect, custom NURBS patching in Vxmodel, and a new workflow tool for the novice user.  But one of my favorite new tools is the use of a tool called clipping reference. This tool is located in Vxscan and allows the user to utilize a CAD file to eliminate unwanted data. For example: […]

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Ideas for Using Scans to Make Custom 3D Printed Fixtures

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I have this really cool model of a hand we 3D printed on our J750, and I wanted it to stand out in our displays as a real medical model and not just another 3D print. So, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show off how easy it is to create custom holders or fixtures using scanning and 3D printing combined. This same process could be used if instead of a scan, we already had an actual […]

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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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Geomagic Design X: The Impact of Regions when Reverse Engineering

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As discussed in my previous blog, Geomagic Design X gives engineers a very powerful tool for reverse engineering.  One of the reasons mentioned was the segmentation of the mesh into regions.  This allows users to start sketches off of the planar regions.  Also, primitives, both solids and surfaces, can be created by selecting regions.  Surfaces can also be fit to regions to create more organic shapes. The first step is that the mesh needs to be segmented using the Auto […]

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Verifying Concentricity with 3D scanning

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Concentricity is considered one of the most difficult GD&T measurements to acquire due to the need to create many center points along a cylindrical feature, yet its a critical measurement in many industries. In the automotive industry, concentricity is used in applications from transmission gears which need to be coaxial to avoid wear, all the way to airbag pneumatics to prevent loss of pressure. But what makes concentricity so difficult to do? Well, we can use the example of verifying […]

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Customer Story: Avance Design

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Step into Avance Design in Indianapolis, IN on any given day, and the whole team’s firing on all cylinders. Just speaking with Business Development Manager Bill Fletcher briefly, the array of projects their team is working on at the moment is incredibly diverse: they’re 3D printing 90 fixtures, designing the CAD model of a snow shovel, creating CAD data from a 3D scanned part for a machine part where the original data was no longer on file with the manufacturer, […]

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