Introduction Surely, most of us have heard a customer service horror story or two. Like the one about someone getting put on hold for forty-five minutes only to have their call dropped before getting the chance to speak to the service technician about their malfunctioning computer, or of some poor soul standing in queue for over an hour at the airport just to find out that they’ve been standing in the wrong line and the correct line stretches down the
Laser Design has been passionate about 3D scanning for over 30 years. Being an industry leader with a long history of success comes from dedication and consistency. Throughout our history, we have successfully completed over 30,000 projects and we appreciate the ability to provide solutions to some of the most difficult 3D measurement challenges. We value our relationship with our customers, and it is our #1 priority to identify and provide the right solution for each of their needs. Through
Everyone has heard the saying, “a picture is worth 1000 words”, but do you know how much a 3D scan is worth? Technological advances have provided many new and useful tools for measuring, re-creating, and, in other ways, characterizing manufactured parts that were never available or even imaginable to our predecessors. One such advancement has been in the development of accurate 3D scanning technology. New capabilities continue to emerge in the areas of data collection, evaluation, and analysis. Nowadays, many
Artec 3D users have long known of the power that handheld 3D scanners provide: fast, accurate, flexible, and easy to use, all contained within a handheld device an operator uses with controlled motion, rhythm, and mechanics. A dance of art and science. Data processing on the other hand still requires essentially a human being, sitting (or standing) at a computer, clicking away on a mouse and tapping away at a keyboard. Compared to scanning, data processing feels kind of boring.
Introduction Few sights elicit a terror quite as dreadful as the toothy grin of a massive shark. While the movie Jaws may have taken some creative liberties with the size of the great white shark, the visual of an apex-predator with rows of razor-sharp teeth captured the imagination of millions and helped popularize the aesthetic of shark teeth in fashion and culture. While great white shark teeth may appear quite scary at first, they are baby-teeth in size compared to
Creating an assembly model of a GoPro® Camera Case Over the past 30+ years, Laser Design has received many requests from our customers to support their 3D scanning and reverse engineering needs focused on measuring and creating 3D CAD of an assembly made up of two or more parts. Initial conversations focus on what the customer will use the deliverable for and progress into details that help us understand how we can successfully measure the parts to acquire the geometry
Industry best speed, accuracy and resolution for laser line scanning technology available in a variety of laser line lengths. With the ability to scan everything from small highly detailed parts, to large automotive and aerospace parts, XLP probes are the answer for precise laser scanning. XLP laser probes are fully integrated with Laser Design Surveyor 3D scanning systems and are easily integrated with 7-axis portable CMM arms, as well as any traditional CMM.
Industry best speed, accuracy, and resolution for laser line scanning technology available in a variety of laser line lengths. With the ability to scan everything from small highly detailed parts to large automotive and aerospace parts, XLP probes are the answer for precise laser scanning.
Laser Design recently worked with a construction engineering company to provide long-range scanning services for an eight-story office building project. This long-range 3D laser scanning technology offers the most complete and accurate method for generating flatness reports, a key requirement across construction and architectural design. The Importance of Construction Floor Flatness Ensuring exact flatness in concrete floors is essential to maintaining structural efficiency and safety. Even the most minute error in floor flatness can disrupt day-to-day operations, inhibit future construction
Best of Both Worlds: Artec Eva and Space Spider If you own an Artec 3D scanner, then you’ll know each scanner is designed with a general range of part sizes in mind. For example, the Artec Eva and Leo are amazing at scanning large objects like furniture but are unable to capture small objects like jewelry. Conversely, the Space Spider has a resolution high enough to scan jewelry—but the small field of view makes it not suitable for scanning larger
One of our favorite things about 3D scanning is that it’s so versatile: this technology can be used to safely survey inaccessible areas, reverse engineer a prototype for 3D printing, produce as-built documentation, and much, much more. Today, we’re illustrating yet another valuable use of 3D scanners by taking a look at one of our recent projects. Below, we’ll walk through the process of parametric modeling from scan data, along with the key features used to create the geometry seen
With manufacturers across industries racing to increase productivity, every new technology and process could mean another step ahead of the competition. As a result of this push for more productive methods, many companies have made, or are making, the switch from 2D to 3D modeling—for a number of excellent reasons. Where 2D modeling limits and slows teams’ access to product design information, 3D solid modeling expands that access and understanding. This improved flow of information eliminates structural inefficiencies, human errors,
Architectural metal design and fabrication companies are tasked with designing, producing, and installing metal cladding panels on the exterior of buildings for protective and aesthetic finishes. These companies have a critical need for accurate and timely measurement of as-built conditions, but creating these records has traditionally been somewhat of a pain point for projects. Here’s the issue: as-built data facilitates the efficient design and manufacture of architectural elements. But this data, and the metal panels and other architectural elements created
King of the Problems If you’ve ever attended an Artec demonstration with Laser Design before, you’ve probably heard a common phrase describing what happens if you make a very mild mistake during scanning: “Fix it in post”. Originally meant for filmmakers who opt not to re-shoot but instead add special effects in post-production, the phrase takes on additional meaning in the 3D scanning world. Just as the film needs some love before reaching the silver screen, 3D scan data must
The rise of powerful handheld 3D scanners has dramatically changed the landscape where 3D scanning is able to be performed. No longer must parts be removed from location and shipped or brought to an office for 3D scanning on a stationary machine. The Artec Eva, Space Spider, and Leo handheld scanners represent some of the finest and most flexible portable scanners ever created and learning how to maximize their portability will be essential to mastering these scanners. Three key aspects
Given the level of sophistication that technology has achieved in the 21st century, you would think that the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry would have already adopted an advanced solution across the board for projects involving inaccessible areas, such as wind turbines and telecommunication structures—but this isn’t the case. Traditional measuring methods require technicians to scale structures hundreds of feet tall, which creates challenges for both safety and efficiency. Fortunately, a solution does exist, and it’s growing in popularity.
As-built documentation serves a variety of purposes throughout the design and construction process, but it’s particularly useful when it comes to renovating public spaces in buildings or upgrading manufacturing plants and mechanical spaces. Perhaps your company has just purchased a facility and didn’t receive documentation on the building. Or maybe you did receive documentation—and it’s 20 years out of date. Before you can reliably design and execute a renovation or upgrade, you’ll need to know what’s already there. As-built documentation
Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. How can your team capture highly accurate data that can be manipulated to fill a variety of needs and utilized across these three disciplines—all on a tight timeline? The answer lies in Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process used for facilities management, design, maintenance, and planning for maintenance costs over time. BIM allows for a more efficient transfer of knowledge and coordination
While they provide an immense amount of useful data and insights, 3D scanners are an investment. Perhaps you’re hoping to try out a 3D scanning technology before putting funds toward your own unit, or you’re interested in the expertise that a professional technician can provide. A 3D scanning service bureau can provide access to this useful technology for either a one-off project or ongoing services—generating high-resolution 3D scans that can be used for everything from reverse engineering to inspection and
Capturing both the internal and external geometries of small or complex parts is no easy task, but it can provide significant advantages for designers, engineers, and manufacturers across a variety of industries. Luckily, metrology-grade computed tomography (CT) offers a reliable, nondestructive method for capturing high-resolution 3D data of complex and free-form parts—without the need for line-of-sight visual access. CT Scanning results include millions of data points that can be measured and analyzed to provide a number of key learnings. With
The practice of heritage preservation has been around for thousands of years, but the discipline has become more advanced in the past several decades. As technology and society’s understanding of what constitutes identity, culture, and heritage progresses, we’re seeing increased efforts to conserve, protect, and restore historic properties, landmarks, artwork, artifacts, and more. Many cities and states in the U.S. currently boast a heritage preservation commission dedicated to protecting key pieces of local and national history. In the last three
Portable 3D scanners have made the process of 3D scanning more accessible than ever before. Instead of having to deal with bulky stationary units, 3D scanning technicians and operators can complete a scan wherever their subject lies, whether that be in the field or the lab. Industries from aerospace to law enforcement are constantly discovering new uses for this type of equipment, and we couldn’t be happier to assist this technology in taking off. Because the applications of this equipment
If you’ve seen a 3D scanner in action, you know that scans can be accomplished quickly and used to create detailed digital models of just about any object. But moving a scanner around a subject is a deceptively simple act—there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing an Artec 3D scanner or you’re interested in terrestrial scanning services for a large project, we’re here to provide a more in-depth look at exactly what happens
In the last 30 years, Laser Design has participated in, facilitated, and supplied equipment to a number of 3D scanning projects. Our experiences in the field and in the laboratory have shown us the sheer breadth of this technology and the range of objectives it can accomplish. Would you believe that our scanners have passed over everything from a live lobster to the President of the United States? With the right scanner and 3D scanning software, even novices can create
Over the past 10 years, 3D scanning has garnered tremendous mainstream attention. What was once a niche, specialized industry is now something that most everyone with access to the internet can see and read about—and, with the help of 3D scanners and printers, experience for themselves. The barriers to entry for the 3D world have never been lower. With every passing year, more and more businesses and organizations will rely on and leverage 3D scanning technologies to generate assets for