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3D Scanning

Author: Weston Brownlee

  • 3D Scanning
  • CAD
  • Mesh
  • Rotary Table
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From Our World to the Digital

Whatever the reason, at times a project demands that a real world object be transformed into a 3D model. At times, simply replicating the object through design software does the trick, but not always. 3D Scanning rapidly bridges the gap, whether replicating rooms and buildings or the ridges and valleys of a finger print. 3D Scanning has grown into a vital industry component that continues to augment existing fields as well as opening entirely new applications.

3D Scanning is all about capturing data in a manner that is actually very simple. Based on Cartesian geometry, a 3D scanner captures any given point in space and places in within an X, Y, and Z axis. Any given point in context of the others captured by a scanner creates a digital model of the object being scanned. Light in the means by which 3D Scanners are able to identify this type of information.

While all scanners work toward the same basic effect, each one offers totally unique features. Some scanners are more ideally suited to handle small objects at a close range in great detail, while others operate better in a mobile format and capture more basic forms. Some have begun to permeate the consumer level, offering the ability to capture objects, people, and even entire rooms.

As per its uses in the 3D process 3D Scanning goes hand-in-hand with CAD and offers an intermediary step in design for projects requiring an approach from-scratch design simply can’t accommodate. Some projects require a level of precision 100% true to a physical object that already exists. In other cases, reproducing an object at a new scale is the goal, while others still demand scanning in order to preserve a fragile or highly valuable original. No matter the case, 3D Scanning creates a liminal space in which fluid translation between the physical and the digital can happen quickly. The spectrum of applications are widening every day as people continue to encounter this technology and imagine new ways to use it.