Q: What is 3D laser scanning?
A: 3D Laser Scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures the shape of physical objects using a line of laser light. 3D laser scanners create “point clouds” of data from the surface of an object. 3D laser scanning is a way to capture a physical object’s exact size and shape into the computer world as a digital 3-dimensional representation. 3D laser scanners measure fine details and capture free-form shapes to quickly generate highly accurate point clouds.
Q: Who can benefit from 3D scanning?
A: Basically anyone in manufacturing, engineering, design, development, surveying or testing. 3D scanning technology can be applied at any point in a typical manufacturing cycle, saving time, money and material. 3D scanning results in higher quality, better fitting parts that are less costly to manufacture. The cost of a typical manufacturing design cycle is reduced by 75% by utilizing 3D scanning.
Q: What are 3D scanning advantages?
A: There are many, such as:
Quickly capture all of the physical measurements of any physical object
Save time in design work
Ensure parts will fit together on the first try
Capture engineering optimizations inherent in manufactured parts
Utilize modern manufacturing on parts that were originally manufactured before CAD
Compare “as-designed” model to “as-built” condition of manufactured parts
Q: What is digital photogrammetry?
A: In general, digital photogrammetry is the art of using computers to obtain the measurements of objects in a photograph. It typically involves analyzing one or more existing photographs with photogrammetric software to determine spatial relationships. Although commonly used to create topographical maps, it may also be useful in a variety of industries such as architecture, manufacturing, police investigation, and even plastic surgery.
The results can be:
• coordinates of the required object-points
• topographical and thematical maps
• rectified photographs (orthophoto).