Back in the mid-1980s entrepreneur C. Martin Schuster had a novel idea: Use line-laser scanning to accurately digitize and model complex 3D shapes so they can be used in CAD/CAM systems for industrial manufacturing. Laser scanning technology was in its infancy and using it to capture three-dimensional whole-part geometry was revolutionary for the time.
After a few years of percolating his idea, Schuster incorporated as Laser Design Inc. in 1987 with an innovative, talented group of engineers and software developers. By 1991, the company was actively pursuing the emerging technology of line range laser probes enabling many thousands-fold faster 3D data capture than single-point laser probes. In 1996, after 10 years in the business, Laser Design introduced its own line range laser scanning probes to the market and has been the vanguard of the field ever since.
Over the years, widespread customer acceptance of non-contact laser scanning has grown dramatically as more and more companies embraced the concept of whole part inspection made possible by laser scanning. The number of laser scanning applications has skyrocketed from its initial use in reverse engineering to include inspection and verification, ultra-precise measurement, long-range scanning, product design, and FEA testing.
At first the technology seemed mysterious and magical. The industry has since caught up with us and 3D scanning has become an essential and integral part of the manufacturing process. As always, we want to improve our customers’ efficiency, quality, time-to-market and ultimately their bottom lines.”
“3D laser scanning is not just for plastic molding any more,” said Schuster of the current diverse marketplace. Fields as varied as automotive, aerospace, architecture, archaeology, medical devices, and consumer and commercial electronics as well as apparel have all found an essential use for non-contact scanning technology.
With no end in sight for the advancement of the technology or the proliferation of applications, Schuster reflected on Laser Design’s genesis: “At first the technology seemed mysterious and magical. The industry has since caught up with us and 3D scanning has become an essential and integral part of the manufacturing process. As always, we want to improve our customers’ efficiency, quality, time-to-market and ultimately their bottom lines.”
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