See what 3D scanners can do for you
Capture surface data of organic forms and mechanical parts
Enhanced structured light scanning technology captures the physical dimensions of an object and creates a digitalized 360° 3D model. Different 3D scanners cater for different objectives. Desktop 3D scanners provides accuracy and automates the 3D scanning process using an automated turntable, while handheld scanners provde more flexibility to move around large objects. Industrial grade 3D scanners provide a much higher accuracy and point density and can be used for quality inspection.
Archaeologists, biomedical scientists and jewelers use 3D scanners to scan organic forms, measure them accurately in 3D and create a digital representation. Engineers use 3D scanners for reverse engineering for 3D printing as well as quality control fo 3D printed parts.
Replicate parts that have no blueprints and then 3D print
Make what’s real, digital – from a six-cylinder engine down to the bolts that hold it together. You can scan various size objects for the parts that you cannot find the blueprint for. The 3D scan files can be exported into a 3MF format, the latest 3D printing format, as well as traditional stl, obj, ply formats that will enable the 3D scan files to be future proof for your 3D printing needs. Additionally, accelerate the scan process and scale functionality with upgrades and optional accessories.
With the industrial grade 3D scanners, you can integrate 3D scanning into your 3D printing process to check warping and deviation from original design.
Quickly turn handmade artwork into a 3D digital file
Concentrate on your craft and let the 3D scanner quickly turn your handmade artwork into a 360° 3D digital model. Your artwork can exist beyond the physical world and come alive in the digital world with the addition of animation as well. Digital animators can even 3D scan handmade clay models, import them into digital animation software and then make them come alive. 3D scanners enable you to create digital animation characters with a human touch.
How 3D Scanning Works
3D scanning is a technology that uses light, camera and software to capture the shape of physical objects to generate a digitized 360° 3D model. There are variety of light that can be used such as laser, white light, blue light for different purposes. Increasingly the use of cameras are becoming prominent that enables photogrammetry, a technique using photography for depth sensing and measuring surfaces but does not result in high accuracy 3D scanning that uses light. With structured light scanning, the projector in the 3D scanner casts structured light patterns onto the target object, thus the lines that are projected onto the objects need to visible in order to capture the surface dimension of the physical object. Therefore, you cannot 3D scan transparent objects with structured light 3D scanners. With dark or shiny objects, you may need to powder coat the object with white powder.
In 3D scanning, camera and light are important hardware components but what actually sets a 3D scanning device apart is its software algorithm, i.e. its brain to correctly capture, measure and replicate the physical model as accurately as possible. Also, different light sources provide different methods of measurement. With laser scanning, a laser line is passed over the surface of an object in order to record the three-dimensional information. Structured light 3D scanners uses white light or blue light to cast structured light patterns onto the object and the changes in the light pattern is recorded by the camera to calculate the depth and surface of the object as well as capture the color and texture of the object. Blue light has less interference with surrounding light.
Growshapes’ customers use the 3D scanned digital models in various applications - from reverse engineering, performing dimensional and comparative analysis not only in engineering but also in archaeology, visualization in biomedical research as well as generating new characters for digital animation to content creation for AR/VR.
There is a wide range of 3D scanners on the market to choose from. From personal low-cost scanners that just use smartphone cameras, to industrial grade high-cost scanners that uses laser.
Growshapes carries low, mid and high-end scanners, the best in each category. 3D scanners are 'fit for purpose' thus need to choose the right model to achieve optimal results.
3D scanning has been around since the 1960s, but it was a costly investment to get access to a device. With the advancements in optics and software algorithms and solutions like EinScan and eviXscan 3D scanners in the market, 3D scanning is becoming much more accessible to university research labs, R&D labs and product designers in various fields. 3D scanning continues to proliferate in new areas such as digital animation and AR/VR applications as well.
3D scanning is a key tool in digitizing the physical world that surrounds us.
Different 3D scanners have different scan range or field of view (FOV)
Narrower the distance between the cameras, the 3D scanner is more optimal for capturing small and medium size objects due to the focal point.
Wider the distance is between the camera, the 3D scanner more optimal for capturing medium to large size objects due to the focal point.