Municipal Cooling System Replaced with Minimal Downtime through 3D Scanning Services


An engineering firm was installing new cooling equipment in a municipal ice rink’s mechanical room. The challenge was to design the equipment install without tearing out the old equipment first and to install elements and piping around the current equipment configuration to limit downtime of the facility. They turned to 3D scanning services to map the entire room in 3D.

Digitally Archiving Museum of the Bible’s Collection


SITUATION Collectors of artifacts and other archeological finds know that the stewardship and preservation of their finds are just as important as finding them at all. While the science of restoration is always improving, the chemical processes that cause corrosion and deterioration of physical parts is unavoidable and oftentimes accelerated once an artifact is unearthed. The Museum of the Bible, a nonprofit museum in Washington, D.C., acquired their first biblical artifact in 2009, and since then has grown to a

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29 years of Unusual Laser Scanning Projects


Laser Design’s veteran metrologists have performed many unusual scans in their careers. Some that have come to the fore in the recent years range from small objects and parts like molded plastic parts to ice cream bars to size 23 basketball sneakers to really big projects including huge oil drilling platforms in the ocean and an entire prison compound, decommissioned of course… We have a fun booklet of these wacky stories you can download – simply fill out the form

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Scanning a “Bot” from Mystery Science Theater 3000


Company: Mystery Science Theater 3000, an award – winning television comedy, created many unique puppet characters in the course of its 20 – year existence. The show quickly became a cult classic and is still popular today with a large devoted fanbase. Challenge: Producers wanted to create a collector’s item of one of the show’s robot characters. The “real” robot puppet was over 6 feet tall, so a life – sized replica was impractical and too expensive to make. They

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Separating the FACT from Fiction: Common Misconceptions about 3D Scanning


Fact or fiction? Data acquired with 3D scanning is inferior to that acquired via touch probe and CMM — This is FICTION! The fact is that 3D scanning captures tens of thousands of points per second, an enormous amount of data that makes the process statistically superior. What other misconceptions about 3D scanning have you heard (and maybe believed)? Read on to separate the FACT from the fiction! Fiction: 3D scanning is expensive. FACT: The cost of 3D scanning has

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3D Scanning Helps Kimberly-Clark Save $500,000


Challenge Determine if a capital investment in larger diameter embossing modules is needed instead of the current embosser. Embossing serves several purposes on the surface and within absorbent pads of disposable hygiene products. On the surface, embossing can introduce an aesthetically pleasing pattern onto the pad, e.g. appearing soft, which can also affect fit and comfort attributes. It also has a functional purpose of controlling and directing surface flows. The embossing process is evaluated by the resulting embossing quality, which

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3D Laser Scanning Ensures Accuracy and Safety of Free-form Turbine Blades


Turbine blades, made of curved vanes on a central rotating spindle, are everywhere. They whirl in everything from jet engines to wind-and water-power generators. They are even part of refrigeration processes and new tidal facilities that produce electricity. However, turbine blades of all sizes present a difficult challenge to their manufacturers: accurately producing and maintaining their complex free-form surfaces and convoluted shapes. To begin with, manufacturers of turbine blades want to know whether their as-built parts match the original design

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3D Scanning at Laser-Light Speed


Advantages at a Glance: Speed, Precision, Completeness In the competitive speed-driven manufacturing environment of today’s consumer electronic device market, extreme speed and accuracy are mandatory. However, the complexity of shapes and details on the devices create a major speed bump on the road to rapid CAD models. 3D laser scanning overcomes these challenges with its ultra-fast non-contact collection capability; a laser scanning system can gather many thousands of points per second with phenomenal accuracy and detail. The laser digitizes exactly

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As Featured in Time Compression Magazine: Reverse Engineering Things to Know


What do you do if you have a die or mold that was made long ago and you don’t have any computer-aided design (CAD) data for it? What do you do if you have a model that was crafted by a sculptor and you’d like to use it for a product? Well, in cases like these and others like them, what you could do is perform reverse engineering, a process that can rather quickly provide you with a CAD model

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Compare the Difference: Laser Design Scan Data vs. Industry Average


“We at Laser Design know that laser scanning technologies have advanced tremendously in the last several years,” said Larry Carlberg, Laser Design Service Bureau Manager. “Manufacturers who have adopted them now have many choices to make when they want to digitize their parts: what accuracies are necessary for the application, how quickly they need the data, and what format the scan files are. And they have to decide whether they can accomplish optimal scanning results themselves or if they need expert

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Foundry in Fine Form after 3D Laser Verification from Laser Design


Company The well established foundry and pattern shop makes cast parts, mainly aluminum and magnesium, for the aerospace industry. Challenge The foundry had been making castings for an aerospace company for many years. In the normal lifecycle of foundry tooling, parts need to be refurbished to make sure the castings remain within the acceptable quality standards of the customer company. Equipment must be replaced or updated. After the refurbishing process, the new cast parts also have to be requalified to

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Laser Design Global Services Advances Life-Enhancing Product for Partial Finger Amputees


The Company Didrick Medical, Inc. is a small privately owned company that designs and fabricates active-function artificial finger prostheses, called the X-Finger®, for partial finger amputees. The owner refined the design for over 6 years before he took it to the marketplace. The device is body-powered, light-weight, and allows users to regain complete control of the flexion and extension movements of an artificial finger in a self-contained device. Each X-Finger® is custom fabricated to accommodate a variety of finger amputation

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Just what the Doctor Ordered: Innovative Medical Applications of Non-Contact 3D Scanning


When you think of “Medicine” what comes to mind? An emergency room full of accident victims? A researcher curing diseases in the developing world? Or just getting rid of your own annoying low-back pain? What you probably don’t think of are high-precision non-contact scanning technologies. However, no matter what your perspective or problem, 3D laser scanning may have had a role in improving some medical process you are familiar with and adding to our overall knowledge of and care for

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Laser Design’s SURVEYOR FA System Portable High-Accuracy 3D Laser Scanning


Many industries are now benefitting from the increased speed of 3D laser scanning to significantly reduce the time required for product development,functional analysis, and inspection of their products. Schneider Electric, a global manufacturer of high-precision plastic molded parts, has significantly sped up and improved the quality inspection process in several of their international manufacturing facilities while saving several million dollars a year with the portable Laser Design SURVEYOR FA Series scanning system; overall the company has experienced near 40% reduction

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One Laser Scanner Delivers Multiple Applications


Schneider Electric, a huge multinational corporation, specializes in world-class power and control products, through its excellent brands, Merlin Gerin, Square D, and Telemecanique, that fulfill customers’ requirements in the residential, building, industry, energy, and infrastructure markets. When the specialist in process improvement at Schneider Electric first used Laser Design’s Surveyor DS laser scanning system, he expected to acquire clean, accurate scan data, and his expectations were more than met. What he didn’t expect was being able to use the same

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3D Scan of Three million-year-old Horse Skull


The National Park Service’s Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho contains the largest concentration of Hagerman Horse (Equus simplicidens) fossils in North America. It is nationally and internationally significant for its world-class paleontological resources including the world’s richest fossil deposits, in quality, quantity, and diversity, from the late Pliocene epoch. Many of its fossils represent the last vestiges of  species that existed before the last Ice Age, the Pleistocene, and the earliest modern flora and fauna. The NPS paleontologists

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As-Built vs. Design Intent: A Reverse Engineering Dilemma


Laser Design Inspection Services has been a leading provider of dimensional inspection, 3D laser scanning, terrestrial scanning, and CT scanning services forover 25 years. The company’s metrologists and engineers are experienced in the automotive, defense, electronics, and many other manufacturing industries. One issue that has been common in reverse engineering scanning projects for all industries over the years is making sure that customers know exactly what type of CAD file deliverable they want from Laser Design based on what they will

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Long Range Scanning: As Featured in Professional Surveyor


In the early 1990s GPS was a new and amazing, even if a seldom-used technology. Although the military had been using GPS for over a decade, civilian surveyors were skeptical of its necessity when non-electronic hand tools had sufficed since the beginning of their profession.However, it became apparent that the benefits of GPS were such an enormous boon that its use slowly gained acceptance over the years until today it is ubiquitous for all surveying projects. Using GPS to provide

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3D Laser Scanning in the Metal Fabricating / Sheet Metal Industry


3D laser scanning offers tremendous time savings and cost benefits for the metal fabricating and sheet metal forming industry. Most importantly, it provides the ability to reverse engineer and inspect complex parts, assemblies and tooling to a higher level of accuracy and in a shorter period of time than with other methods. Instead of collecting points one by one like a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) does, the laser scanner captures tens of thousands of points per second by sensing thereflection

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Case Study Portfolio


3M Design Corrected Mid Project The need for safety & protection of people working in facilities is increasing, which prompted 3M’s Occupational Health and Environmental Safety division to develop a new face shield for welders. Well into the design process they were unhappy with the aesthetics of the design and felt the concept to CAD and to rapid prototypes was not working– a major correction to the design was needed in the middle of project execution. A clay model was

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3D Laser Scanning Makes an “Impression” on the Dental Profession


Dentistry’s roots date back to prehistoric times when the practice consisted mainly of tooth drilling and extractions. The science of modern dentistry can be traced back to the 17th century when prosthetics and fillings were added to the original list of treatments. Since its humble beginnings, the field of dentistry has advanced and grown to include preventative, surgical, restorative, and cosmetic areas as well. Today dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons need advanced technologies to support their advanced care of the

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