3D scanning is the process of collecting data from the surface of a physical object which accurately describes the shape in terms of three-dimensional space. Once collected, this data allows technicians, mechanics, engineers or hobbyists the ability to examine an object digitally, which enhances and maximizes the precision and speed of their work. By obtaining the shape of the part digitally, the scan data can be used to either replicate the part (reverse-engineering), or for dimensional analysis (inspection).
Structured light 3D scanning is a popular method of non-contact scanning in a variety of industries including prototyping, research and development, quality assurance, inspections, and reverse engineering. As structured light scanning eliminates the need for physical contact with the object, it makes workflows more efficient and produces more accurate and rapid results than contact based scanners like coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).
At Protocept, we primarily use Artec structured light scanning technology