Our scanning services are available in our studio or at your facility. We will convert your part, model, or object into 3D data in record time, providing you with a Point Cloud or STL, a precise polygon mesh file. This file is exportable to all CAD programs.
Our measurement technology is versatile and portable. We are capable of scanning any size or type of object, small to large.
Available Measuring / Scanning Technologies
- Multiple portable CMM arms with laser scanning probes
- Multiple Laser trackers
- Long range Lidar Scanning
At the core, we are a 3D Scanning company. We scan stuff! With that said, throughout any manufacturing process, in any industry, there are many times measurements need to be performed. It comes back to the old saying: “Measure twice, cut once”. Companies who take this saying to heart benefit from a controllable process which leads to end products that work as designed.
3D Scanning finds problems before they become a crisis. The major benefit of 3D Scanning over other technologies is that you can ‘paint the entire picture’ with scanning. It even looks like painting while it’s being done. The scanner ‘paints a point cloud’ that is analyzed to the design CAD model, and if a CAD model doesn’t exist, we can make one from the 3D Scan.
Since 3D Scanning can be applied to the design and manufacturing process at nearly any step, it might help to discuss some examples.
Design Cycle - Designers work better with their hands than they do with computers… That is why most new products start with a physical model being created by an industrial designer. Clay Models have been used in the automotive industry for a very long time, because they work. Designers can touch them, walk around them, polish, smooth, sharpen, reduce and start over. It’s a recyclable material that can and is used over and over again. With each iteration of a design, a 3D Scan can be captured, reviewed, and then used to analyze it for manufacturability, show it off or otherwise complete the design cycle. Once the design is finalized a CAD model can be created from the latest 3D Scan. 3D Scan IT, Inc. has assembled a team of the best and brightest designers and CAD application specialists who can work within your organization or manage the entire design process from concept to finished products.
Manufacturing – During the ‘launch phase’ of manufacturing, 3D Scanning can be used extensively. 3D Scanning can be performed on; tooling, gages, molds, dies, forms, pallets and fixture. 3D Scan IT, Inc. can scan anything from ‘textures to facilities’.
Injection Mold Grain Reverse Engineering – We have worked with a ‘Graining company’ to duplicate a complicated acid etching process which creates the texture of the plastic parts in the mold. This is a very interesting process with can take multiple steps to achieve the desired texture. Utilizing 3D Scanning we were able to determine how many ‘acid baths’ a particular texture required as well as the shape of the texture.
Automotive Manufacturing – Automated Welding Production Line – Starting with an empty building, we were asked to provide measurement services throughout the production line assembly process and through the initial part build cycles. We started the project in a new building with a bare, freshly poured concrete floor. Using our laser trackers, we marked the floor where all the equipment was supposed to be installed. This ensured our customer that the robots and cabling would be correctly positioned as per the factory design CAD model. Next, we leveled each of the robots which were mounted to a 7th axis rail system and each of the welding fixtures location. Once the welding fixtures were installed, we certified the assembly of the tooling by shimming each detail to its nominal location. Once certified, we measured the exact installed robot location relative to welding fixtures in order to update the simulated welding programs to the build condition of the work cell. Once the line was operational, we measured the subassemblies from each of the assembly station and performed adjustments in order to produce a subassembly which met the designed tolerances. Once through the entire production line, we validated the final assembly by measuring a sample of parts.
Automotive – Mold Verification - Once a mold design has been commissioned to be built, it is always advantageous to inspect the finished mold to verify that it was built according the to mold CAD design to the tolerance specified on the build contract. By performing a 3D Scan and inspecting it against the mold CAD model, we can validate that the mold was manufactured correctly and within the manufacturing tolerance. Scanning lets you validate nearly 100% of the mold including the parting line, lifters, GD&T features and all the non-critical surfaces.
Automotive – Stamping Dies & Forming Tools – Sheet metal and soft materials parts such as headliners, have a unique issue of ‘spring back’ which has to be overcome during the launch phase of the manufacturing process. After a piece of metal is formed in stamping die, tensions or memory of the material want to make it return to its original flat state. Therefore in order to create a final product which matches the designed part, forming tools have to ‘over build’ a part so that it ‘springs back’ to the desired shape. A large part of this process is simply ‘trial and error’. With each revision of the tool, a 3D Scan is taken to capture the modification performed to the tool by hand so that an updated CAD model can be created.
3D Scan IT, Inc. is the North American Integrator for Innovmetric’s PolyWorks software, and can sell and support their range of software products as well provide training and integration services.