What to Look for in a 3D Scan to CAD Service

3D scanning is booming in a variety of industries, including manufacturing. These 3d scanning services are useful for everything from engineering to creating prototypes.

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for everything from 3D scanning to model rendering, it’s essential to find a reliable company to work with. Here are some things to keep in mind as you choose a service to help you work with your 3D scan results.

How Do You Transfer 3D Scans to CAD?

A 3D scan creates a mesh model that represents the size and shape of your object, but in the form of a series of triangles. In order to get a solid model that engineers can work with, you’ll need to refine the mesh.

Most scans result in huge files that can be difficult or tedious to work with. Some 3D scanning companies offer to take care of this service on your behalf, because it requires specific skills.

After you refine the mesh, you can then import it to your CAD software and start working with it. There are usually hours of work involved before your 3D scan files ever touch CAD, which is why it’s often a good idea to outsource this job to a company you can trust.

3D Scan to CAD Service

There are many 3D scanning companies out there, but not all of them are equipped to support companies that are new to this technology. There can be a learning curve for those not familiar with it.

Finding the right company means looking for a team you can rely upon for each part of your product journey.

1. Ability to Refine 3D Scans

Unless you have the right software and skills, raw 3D scans are difficult to work with. They contain valuable information, but you need to refine them before you can work with them and use them in production or prototyping.

2. CAD Knowledge

If you’re looking for a service to render 3D models and perform other work in CAD, make sure the company has CAD experts working for them. Our team includes designated CAD designers who can work with you on a project from start to finish.

With CAD, we can catch potential issues before a project ever leaves the digital realm. The results can save you both time and money.

3. Engineering Knowledge

If you plan to work closely with a company, they should be able to help as you develop your product and bring it to life. CAD design skills are essential, but engineering knowledge keeps your projects grounded in reality.

Our team includes engineers who can work with you to improve or test functionality, along with many other services. We offer affordable access to engineering services, whether on a project-by-project basis or on retainer.

Tangent Solutions offers 3D scan to CAD service from a talented team of workers including CAD designers, engineers, and scanning technicians. Contact us today to learn more about our scanning, rendering, and design services!

Sean Kepler

Sean is lead engineer with his previous career stemming from mechanical engineering, automotive dynamics, and aerospace. Pulling from real-world experience, he has over 15 years of experience as a designer and in fabrication. Before creating Tangent Solutions, Sean was the lead designer for many winning off-road race teams as well as mass-market production companies

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Tangent Solutions offers the latest in 3D scanning technology paired with 15 years of CAD design experience, to bring your ideas to reality. Our team specializes in reverse engineering, manufacturing, and data verification. 

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