Why 3D Scanning?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “How did they make that?” Let 3D Scanners answer that question for you. 

Creaform 3D Scanners accelerate your time-to-market with instant reverse engineering. Their handheld, portable scanners use laser crosses to create an instant mesh. That mesh can be easily manipulated with CAD systems.

Creaform 3D Scanners have several benefits, but we’ll focus on three:

  • Prototyping
  • Inspection
  • Servicing



At the beginning of your product development, there’s plenty of unknown. 3D Scanners give you a better understanding before you start designing. They capture the environment for your prototype and eliminate the guess work. For example, when producing vehicle accessories, you can scan the newest model. This gives you your starting point, saving you hours of reverse engineering. That time can then be spent on better design.



3D Scanners are also helpful in production and quality control. The scanners can measure your product in seconds, saving you analysis time. For example, the HandySCAN captures 1.3 million measurements per second. That means the scanner can catch 6 million measurements between each of your blinks. Better inspected parts can speed up your entire production process. Unlike traditional inspection arms, these portable units calibrate in minutes. Plus, the scanners don’t need temperature-controlled rooms or high tolerance inspection surfaces.



Scanners can be used for several service options as well. You can find out how parts are wearing for a better solution. Plus, you can scan parts in-use, cutting down on machine down time. Discontinued parts are no longer a problem either. Scanners can take their exact measurements so they can be reproduced. This is very valuable for reclaiming old materials.

Seeing is believing. Recently a team of Gonzaga students needed a 3D model of a motorcycle frame for their senior project. Watch this impressive Case Study, where the Creaform scanner helped them get just that for their senior project. Contact us to implement 3D Scanners in your processes.