3D scanning systems can be utilised in a variety of industries whether it be for industrial engineering, design, manufacturing or for consumer uses such as medicine, art and general product development. It is a system which can save both time and money by reducing design and production times as well as the cost of materials and labour. Whatever your industry, it is likely that you could benefit from integrating 3D scanners into your working processes. Here we will discuss some of the different ways you could use 3D scanners to benefit a variety of global industries.
All industries have different stages in the creation of a product, and it all starts with an initial concept. During this phase, it is important that designers are able to successfully depict relevant ideas. This is where 3D scanning comes in. By scanning objects and creating a digital replica, it becomes easier to interpret concepts and clearly see the design direction.
Once initial concepts have been established, designers will move onto establishing further design concepts. They do this in CAD (computer aided design) programs. In most cases, designers work from existing products or objects as a base for the new design. The prototypes can be quickly scanned and digitized in a CAD program using a 3D scanner. This process benefits designers in a range of ways but most notably it decreases the time taken to create complex designs as well as increasing the accuracy of the details, shapes and sizing. 3D scanners can quickly measure all angles of an object with extreme precision, and quickly fit all the scans of an object together to create a faultless replica.
Conceptualisation and design of a product can be completely skipped using a 3D scanner. When a physical object is scanned and digitised you can move directly to the engineering phase. Whilst this only applies for projects where you are using a base product to engineer from, 3D scans are often used to perform a wide range of engineering analysis on a variety of existing manufactured products to then be modified.
Quality control of products is key and 3D scanning provides yet another aspect of the product design process with a time and money saving solution. 3D scanners either handheld or stationary can be used to analyse the manufactured parts of the product. In traditional manufacturing settings, not all faults will be caught which can cause problems later in production. 3D scanning however can quickly and accurately assess the overall shape, size of parts and other aspects of the product to find any issues. It is often used in conjunction with specialised statistical analysis programs which help to ensure consistency and predict the quality in the manufacturing processes.
Industries across the globe have already integrated 3D scanners and software into their working processes. Not only does it save time and money at every stage of the product development process, but it makes each stage much easier and accessible to everyone. It is becoming increasingly clear that this innovative method of working is the future of design, development, prototyping, engineering and so much more.