While you may think that picking up any old 3D scanner will solve all your problems, you’d be incorrect. In fact, there are many different types of scanners on the market, each of which that offer different features. Whether you’re interested in reverse engineering or dimensional inspection, one thing remains consistent. You need to know what different 3D scanning tools offer before you come to a solid decision.
First of all, you might think that all scanners use the same technology. However, this just isn’t true. Sure, they all are capable of compiling data about a three-dimensional object, but the way they accomplish this can vary widely. Some use probes, some use targets, some use lasers while others use light. It will depend on the make and model.
One thing you should know is that different scanners provide different levels of accuracy. Some use several data points to collect the dimensions of an object while others use only a few targets to capture this data. Obviously, the more data points will make for a more accurate scale. Even so, not every brand provides the same level of accuracy so do your research.
Along the same vein, you’ll need to think about your budget. 3D scanning tools can vary in cost widely. Some are rather inexpensive if they are probe style and handheld. Others can be very expensive, especially if they include an armature or other equipment.
Another thing you might think about these tools is that they’re unnecessary for most places of work. However, that’s not true. Most people have a very limited view of what 3D scanning tools can be used for, however they can be used for many different things. Sure, most people are familiar with the use of these tools for reverse engineering but it can be used for so much more than that. Often, this technology is used for the development of video games. It can be used to scan a product so a marketing video can be made. They can be used to scan artifacts for additional study by scientists. It can even be used in the medical industry for the creation of medical devices like prosthetic limbs.
The uses are endless and if you do your research, you’ll quickly find just how exciting 3D scanning can really be. If you have the right tools on hand, you can accomplish pretty much anything.