A 3D scanner collects distance and surface information instead of or in addition to color information within its field of view. The “picture” produced describes the distance to a surface at each point resulting in the identification of the three-dimensional position of each point.
There are many uses for 3D scanning. 3D scanning allows you to ‘see’ designs at the conceptualization stage. Reverse engineering techniques (creating a 3D model or 2D drawings from scan data) enable engineers and designers to conceptualize design before producing the prototype or product. It also saves time in the design stage and speeds up the prototyping process by scaling physical objects and altering designs to meet different requirements. The number of prototype design cycles are reduced thanks to the scan data being captured from highly-accurate 3D measurements of the physical object. Maybe you aren’t looking to create, but rather replace a part on an object and wish to avoid multiple iterations, 3D scanning will help you get it right the first time. These are just a few examples of 3D scanning.
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Prototype Solutions offers the incredibly easy desktop MakerBot Digitizer which runs on simple software and turns objects into a 3D digital design with two clicks and in approximately 12 minutes.
Moving into more exciting waters is the Artec Eva Lite, and the most popular handheld scanner, Artec Eva. These two 3D scanners are used for making high quality textureless 3D scans when scanning geometrically rich objects, such as the human body. The Eva Lite is the budget-friendly version of the bestselling white light Artec Eva 3D scanner and you can upgrade from the Eva Lite to the Eva at any time for only the price difference between the two scanners.
If you need to capture small objects or intricate details of large objects with unwavering accuracy and brilliant color alongside the ability to render complex geometry, sharp edges and thin ribs, then you need The Artec Spider and Artec Space Spider. These powerful scanners offer almost unlimited possibilities in areas such as reverse engineering, quality control, product design, and manufacturing. The Artec Space Spider was originally developed to spec for the International Space Station and features powerful temperature stabilization and high-grade electronics because its accuracy is not affected by fluctuations in environmental conditions.
The Optix EScan 2.0 was designed based on field research and extensive customer feedback. The result is a reverse-engineering solution that is affordable and complete. The EScan scans images quickly and effectively, imports directly into popular CAD and CAM programs and exports .stl, .obj, .ascii, and other file formats. It includes a complete 3D scanner software solution.
The Artec Leo is the most mobile 3D scanner on the market. It is the first 3D scanner to offer onboard automatic processing, provide the most intuitive workflow and is as easy as taking a video. This incomparable 3D scanner captures both expansive areas and fine detail from small mechanical parts to the human body. The 80 frames per second reconstruction rate make it the fastest professional handheld 3d scanner on the market. No need to connect to a computer or plug into the main power source, just hold the Artec Leo in one hand and walk around freely, unrestricted by wires or additional equipment.