Architectural Technologist – 3D scanning
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Today I received on of the most exciting emails I have seen in a long time, it was the news letter from Z corporation on a new hand held scanning devise, that from the downloadable pdf file reads as a dream come true for so many applications.
You are probably already familiar with 3D scanning-to-printing as a way to build scaled, facsimile models of real-world products. But suppose you are, say, a bottle manufacturer that needs to reverse-engineer large handleware complete with little ribs in the grips. Or a Tier One aftermarket supplier needing to capture a difficult shape in an automobile interior, such as the area between the windshield and instrument panel. Or even a natural history museum needing a replica of a huge dinosaur bone for an educational exhibit. Whatever the industry — whether manufacturing, health care, cultural heritage, or even arts and entertainment — a significant barrier to 3D scanning has been the expense, bulkiness, and inconvenience of traditional equipment. It’s evident that the capability to bring the scanner to the part instead of vice versa brings huge benefits to applications such as the ones above. A new technology called “mobile scanning” exactly fits the bill. Central to the technology are handheld and lightweight 3D scanners from Z Corporation that easily capture 3D data of almost any object, from a coffee cup to a car, in almost any location. All that’s needed to do the job are the scanner, a laptop, and a handful of the small, reflective targets that go on the object to be scanned. Plug-and-play setup has you up and running in as little as 10 minutes.
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