3D Laser Scanning Best Practices and Innovations

Designing products and bringing them into the world is an exciting endeavor for any company. 3D scanning is a new tool that makes creativity easier than ever. Our 3D mobile laser scanning services are versatile enough for use in prototyping, reverse engineering, and much more.

3D scanning is still a relatively new technology, and it’s constantly undergoing innovations that make it easier to use. It’s important to stay informed of the latest updates to the field and how best to use the technology.

What Is 3D Laser Scanning?

Laser scanning is one of the most common types of 3D scanning. It uses triangulation to capture a 3D shape by aiming one or more lasers at an object and measuring its reflection in order to plot points to capture the shape and measurements during a scan.

Laser scanning has the benefit of being convenient, reliable, and accurate. It can be used on surfaces that present a challenge, such as dark or shiny ones. It’s also less finicky when it comes to lighting conditions.

After a 3D scan, you’ll be left with the raw scan data. Our team can clean up the data and make it easier for you to use, and we can also render it into a 3D model. We also provide 3D printing for fast, cost-effective rapid prototyping.

What Are the Best Practices in Laser Scanning?

Just like any technique, 3D laser scanning has some best practices that will help you stay on track for a successful project. We recommend these practices for maximum efficiency and the best results.

1. Have a Scan Purpose in Mind

Before you begin scanning, consider the purpose of your scan and the ultimate goal you plan to use it for. That means deciding at what point of your project the scans will be used, so you can focus on the right elements.

2. Determine the Scope of Your Project

Scope can help guide what you scan and how you use the data. Our team can work with you to figure out how best to use this technology and where scanning fits into your overall plan. We have experience helping our clients pinpoint potential uses for scanning.

3. Collect as Much Scan Data as Possible

When you are working on a project, it’s always better to have too much data than too little. We recommend requesting a higher resolution than you think you’ll need, scanning extra components, and getting as much detail as possible during your initial round of scanning.

It’s more convenient to collect excessive data than it is to get to work and find out you’re missing information.

What’s New in Laser Scanning?

Laser scanning is still new to many companies, but those who adopt the practice overwhelmingly find it to be a worthy use of their time. Looking to the future, laser scanning may have untapped potential.

Some recent improvements have made reverse engineering easier. Increased accuracy means that more industries can turn to 3D laser scanning for production, prototyping, and other purposes.

Capturing complex shapes is easier to accomplish, and the scanners can lead to overall better equipment functioning and efficiency.

At Tangent Solutions, our goal is to help companies develop new products, manufacture them smoothly, and even improve existing products. Contact us today to learn more about how laser scanning can benefit your company.

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

About Tangent Solutions

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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