3D scanning enables manufacturers to address the design complexities pertaining to a product or part.
FREMONT, CA: The proliferation of 3D technologies is significantly impacting various industries. 3D scanning offers a range of benefits for the manufacturers. The modern 3D scanners perfectly capture 3D shapes to inspect and analyze real-world objects. The perks of using 3D scanning for manufacturing purposes include higher quality products and reduced manufacturing costs. There are various types and use cases of 3D scanning and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) technology, including handheld 3D scanners, arm-based 3D scanners, and stationary 3D scanners. Here are the major advantages that accompany 3D scanning in manufacturing.
3D scanning offers data to the manufacturers that would otherwise be challenging to get without a scan. The process encourages instantaneous feedback on a product or part. Thus, manufacturers can easily identify the areas that differ from the original computer-aided design (CAD) or the manufacturers’ expectations. Such a capability is especially advantageous in additive manufacturing, where manufacturers can simply adjust the design of equipment.
The information gained from 3D scanning helps the manufacturers to understand the relationship between the various surface points of a part. The information can be used to make a 3D model based completely off of the data obtained via scanning. Reverse engineering of such models can then be done to create 3D models on parts whose original drawings have been lost. Thus, modeling can aid the manufacturers to recreate critical products or parts.
Various 3D inspection systems function as a scanner as well as a CMM. A contact CMM probe can enable the manufacturers to record the various coordinates of a product or part. The above capability enables the manufacturers to carry out a targeted inspection of a part or product.
The above advantages account for the fact that 3D scanning is gaining traction in the manufacturing landscape.