3D Scanning Services
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3D Scan Services Starting At $155
When accuracy and detail are paramount on your design project, Tangent’s 3D scanning services provide you with access to the most advanced laser scanning technology, empowering your team with the ultimate tool for digitally rendering physical objects found in the real world. There is no project too big or too small when it comes to 3D scanning. Our 3D design engineers are ready to turn your big ideas into reality by providing a digital representation for more efficient product development. Most projects can be scanned on the day they arrive and promptly returned, so there aren’t any delays in your production process.
How 3D Laser Scanning Works
The 3D scanning process uses a blue light laser technology to transform real-world objects into a digital rendering by laser triangulation. As the 3D laser scanner passes over multiple targets, it generates a raw data point cloud between the targets. A clean and quick process, there is no mess, no spray, no taping, and our 3D laser scanner can perform nearly infinite scan sizes.
Whatever the object size, our high-precision scanners are powerful enough to transform the details of physical objects into digital representation— from buses, airplanes, and race cars, to the smallest component.
Providing the Most Precise Data
Our technicians use laser scanners that deliver precise metrology, creating a mesh of 3D data points that generate a visual representation that can be rendered later for finding exact measurements within CAD software. The resolution of our 3D laser scanner is an astounding 0.02mm, providing you with unparalleled digital resolution and depth of detail. Data from the 3D laser scanning process can be delivered in mesh format or reverse engineered to create a CAD model.
After 3D Scan Services
Data from your 3D laser scan can be delivered in a raw mesh format, post-processed into a clean mesh, or completely rendered for use in CAD software. After your 3D scan process has been completed, the data generates a visualization that can be utilized for inspection reports, verifying fitment, modeling, 3D printing, or reverse-engineering purposes.
We can deliver you whatever type of design file format is needed, including STL, IGES, XT, STEP, DXF, SLDPRT, OBJ, and more. Click the icon below to see an example folder of file formats we can provide, but not limited to.
What Can You Achieve With 3D Scanning Data?
Combining 3D product scanning with CAD model rendering provides unmatched power for the reverse-engineering process. Scan data is taken into our CAD design software and drawn precisely to the the mesh.
Our team of design engineers specializes in creating CAD files from scan data. 3D models can also be modified in order to cut down on production time or create an entirely new design. Files commonly delivered are in STEP or XT format.
Scan data can be post processed quickly in order to make a mesh file for 3D printing. STL files are a universal file for 3D printers and can be created within one business day. This creates the opportunity to have ultra-fast prototypes to verify fitment, concept, and have a working prototype of your project.
When you work with Tangent Solutions, you have access to the latest in 3D printers with a wide variety of print material, ready for use.
When your business depends on quality and precision, you need the laser-sharp accuracy of our 3D laser scanning. 3D scan data makes it easy to accurately execute data analysis and 3D inspection of any component.
We can compare scan data to existing CAD models in order to visualize inconsistencies, variances, and other deviations by providing a heat map, showing differences set to your parameters. Key data points can also be measured and compared to tolerance parameters in prepared reports for your review.
Our 3D scanning service uses highly accurate lasers to produce a digital map of your project. The scan collected provides data positions that are essential when verifying quality of a project or product before taking it to manufacturing. Our technicians can compare scan data to your original CAD models to find any discrepancies.
From artificial reality assets, to the newest NFT marketplace, 3D laser scanning can take any object to a virtual platform. 3D laser scanning is the fastest way to create a 3D model from its original existence.
3D scanning is also invaluable to e-commerce with the ability to scan products instantly. From there 3D models can be showcased with an unlimited amount of colors and textures, ready for consumers.
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What Type Of Data Is Created From 3D Laser Scanning?
When our technicians use our portable 3D laser scanner to capture your project, the blue light laser reads everything in the environment around it. Data must be post processed, cleaned up, and orientated to then be exported as a mesh file. A mesh file is essentially a shell, a guide of the project. Mesh files are perfect for conceptual projects, 3D printing, and digital assets. Exports are available as an STL or OBJ file.
If you are looking for a CAD file, the data must be reverse engineered from the mesh. Whether or not you’ll need reverse engineering will depend on your project goals. If you are looking to manufacture your product by machine shop, injection molding, or other mass production process, you will absolutely need a CAD file.
If your project goals are to have a file that is consistent in measurement and essential data like hole location, radii, planes, and sketches, then data must be reverse engineered based on the mesh files. CAD files are created from this process and exported in STEP, IGES, XT, to name a few common file formats.
For those looking to run data analysis or modify their 3D scan data with CAD software, reverse engineering is essential to extract the important elements and measurements needed to obtain quality results.
Reverse engineering 3D scan data is the most time-consuming but the most vital in order to create a highly-precise, detailed 3D models