How can 3D scanning help you or your business?
Have you ever had a component that you need to replicate but you don’t have the drawings? Maybe it’s an old part that is no longer in production or is too expensive and you want to make it yourself. Reverse engineering using traditional techniques (using callipers or tape measurement and redesigning from scratch) takes a long time and a lot of trial and error. Very often the costs keep growing and growing.
3D scanning Australia’s philosophy is do it once, do it right. We can scan your part and we remodel it using the scan data as a starting point, so we can obtain the model with the original design intention and great accuracy. Most of the time 3D scanning turn out to be the least expensive way to achieve your goal (if not the only way).
When you need to design or make something to fit onto an existing component or structure
No matter what industry you are in, when you need to measure complex shapes the cost of making a mistake is high. Let’s say that you are measuring something, start designing by using that measurement, go to production, go on site to fit the new part and find out that it doesn’t fit. It turns out that one of the original measurement was wrong, or maybe was missing and you just assume the drawings you were provided with were correct, or maybe you assumed that 2 planes were parallel when they weren’t, or maybe the surface was too complex to be measured properly with the tools at your disposal, or maybe it was just an error in transcription. Now you have to try to fix the problem, if possible on site otherwise back in the workshop, or even worst you might need to go back to the designing stage and start over.
You are not only losing time and money to fix the problem (instead of making profit now you are in damage limitation mode) but you are also losing your reputation with your customer by not meeting the agreed deadline.
Using 3D scanning technologies you minimise the chances of making mistakes, you will have an accurate 3 dimensional model to use as a base for your remodelling, so even if you make a mistake it will be easy to spot early on in the process.
Inspection and quality control
Have you ever had a component that is not working or fitting and cannot figure out why? Is the design wrong or the manufacturing? Or maybe you just need to make sure that a component in on spec BEFORE trying it, as the cost of a failure would be too high (damage, installation cost etc). Most quality control measures are not comprehensive enough because of limitation of the tools. An object is a 3 dimensional entity that cannot be measure with just 2 dimensional tools.
3D scanning is the only way to measure an object in its entirely for quality control purposes, then thanks to the software is possible to extrapolate virtually any measurement needed (axis, sections, features positions) and also the ability to compare to the CAD model, so you can clearly see where and how the part does not comply with the drawings.