Objet Scanning

Since 2011, we have provided high resolution object scanning for many industries and organizations. 

 

Some items needing scans are "legacy" parts born before CAD models existed that now need to be digitized and updated, or we see works of sculptural art with may be impossible to CAD model from scratch, but needing conservation or archival digital storage.

From plates of food to goat horns, from racing car parts to medical instruments ... not much we haven't been approached about.

It's very satisfying to be able to help many different types of clients, and new challenges are always on the horizon.

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How can we help with yours?

Scanning technologies have progressed at a rapid pace, and are generating interest from many industries and clients looking to harness the advantages in labor savings, and time savings of new digital work flows.

We have developed specialties to handle difficult to scan items, be they black, shiny, hairy, delicate or highly valuable, and can offer solutions for many needs.

Captured scan data can often be used directly for 3D printing or CNC machining, but some cases require conversion of the data to CAD files. This is also a specialized function requiring skilled labor, and we can provide CAD capability to support your needs, whether it be "dumb solids" or parametric SolidWorks files.

The size range of discrete objects we can scan is from the veins in a grasshopper's wing, up to the size of a sports car, possibly larger depending on detail and precision required.

Optical exterior scans are performed using structured light scanning or laser scan, however sometimes items with interior, hidden details are required. For this case we can deploy X-Ray / CT scanning if needed, for a complete 100% volume scan.

Case Studies

Architectural
Architectural

On site 3D scanning done at the historically preserved building "The Burrage Mansion" in Back Bay, Boston. We scanned several areas of carved relief and statuary in the lobby area, using structured light scanning, and later modified and scaled the scans for replication.

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Reverse Engineering
Reverse Engineering

In this scan case study, a legacy part from an injection mold with no CAD model, was 3D scanned in high resolution. The STL file was then converted to a CAD model for use in a mold flow analysis.

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Product Development
Product Development

This project began with a 3D scan of a base helmet (Shoei off-shelf performance helmet) and then scanning a clay sculpt on top of the base helmet, and digitally subtracting the difference to re-create the parts using 3D printing.

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Museums\Sculptures
Museums\Sculptures

A rare historical bust of Abolitionist John Brown, missing a nose, was reconstructed using 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. A second bust from the same period was used as the model for the new nose.

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