There are over 900 ligaments in the human body, each serving to support and connect hundreds of bones. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important ligaments connecting the tibia to the femur. An orthopedic surgeon set out to improve the success rate of ACL reconstruction by modifying the standard surgical technique using a 3D scanned & printed metal surgical tool.
3D scanning can be used successfully to settle legal disputes when physical evidence is key. The ultra accurate data provides definitive answers about how and why an accident happened to determine root cause and which party, if any, can be held liable for part failure.
Manufacturers strive for first-to-market position in introducing innovative products to the public – speed and quality give a competitive advantage . Reducing time to market with 3D scanning creates the biggest opportunity to increase bottom-line profitability.
Laser Design 3D scanning engineers was to scan the entire electric car body, chassis, and components (rather than an assembly) to create a viable CAD model. Since the car didn’t exist as an assembly,
An injection molding company decided to expand its QA function with 3D scanning in direct response to customer demands for speedy precise inspection services for their increasingly more complex free-form and part surface profiles.
A DC-6 engine from WWII had very involved geometry including hundreds of proximate narrow cooling fins and internal features, the heavy-duty extant cylinder heads were too warped and damaged to function so they decided to reverse engineer new parts using 3D scanning.
A luthier made an ornate one-of-a-kind electric guitar body in the early 1980s and wanted to document his classic creation and create an updated version based on his 20-plus years of experience in the guitar making field – in order to do this he needed an exact 3D CAD model of the instrument only 3D scanning could provide.
A custom hand-crafted a molded intake tube was built for a Corvette to increase the high speed performance. To fabricate the tube a digital model was needed and 3D scanning was the only solution able to handle the challenge.
A 15 years old aspiring car designer sculpts his elaborate car design in clay but is looking for a more durable model of his cars, painted and detailed. He turns to 3D scanning for the 3D CAD data he needs to have his design fabricated.
RavenWorks’ employees, hot-rod enthusiasts every one, saw a need in the market for replacement parts for vintage vehicles. To faithfully reproduce select in-demand “extinct” parts, they came to Laser Design for a duel-purpose high-accuracy 3D scanner.
3D laser scanning enabled this customer to preserve a true representation of one of their distinctive older bottle designs to document a part of their proud history!
A moldmaker wanted to re-qualify used molds to see if they needed refurbishing, and if so, where to make the corrections find out how the ROI of 3D Scanning was determined.
The customer was designing an improved aftermarket supercharger with a very complex shape from the external casting of an old OEM stock supercharger, for which there was no CAD model and looked to 3D scanning for a solution.
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.
A 3D scanner provides new inspection options and a faster alternative to CMM for this engineering and mold manufacturing company. As featured in MoldMaking Technology magazine!
The capabilities of Laser Design spans the gamut from high-accuracy reverse engineering services to 3D CAD model creation to product design and development to testing and analysis. This project for an optics company involved all of those phases – full engineering services to bring about a successful product launch.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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