3D scanner in industrial prototyping today
3D scanning technology has become the main tool for complex engineering and part inspection. 3D scanning is also a powerful tool for designing new products. It provides new capabilities for artists, designers and engineers, and allows companies to produce innovative products while saving time and money. 3D scanning also offers many benefits for product design including; reduce marketing time, improve aesthetics and improve ergonomics. In recent years, leading companies have successfully implemented 3D scanning into their design processes to develop high-end products.
Design with 3D scanning data
The complexity of an object that affects 3D scanning costs more than its size. 3D scanner measuring in sight range. Complex objects require more scans than simple objects. 3D scanning narrows the gap between the physical world and the 3D design software changes the typical product design process. Using traditional methods, only for CAD, designers face many challenges such as:
- Aesthetic design, free surface
- Designing after-sales products should closely match existing products
- Design products that interface with the human body
- Reverse engineering department
Incorporating 3D scanning into the design process helps provide solutions to these problems. Basically, 3D scanning allows a designer to start with something other than a blank screen in their CAD software.
Designing consumer products
Clay sculpting for 3D scanning Nearly every consumer product designed in recent years contains complex organic shapes. It is difficult to design a new product such as a bicycle helmet or pistol clip inside most 3D design software packages. However, designing an aesthetic bicycle helmet is easier to achieve by sculpting it in clay. The following is a typical workflow for designing an organic shaped consumer product.
- Design organic shapes by hand using clay or wax.
- Scan and reverse engineer design in reverse engineering software.
- Turn the reverse engineered model into CAD software to add mechanical details, run analysis, create drawings, add clusters, and so on.
- Manufacturing and testing prototypes.
- Change the prototype. Repeat step 2.
- Design after sales products
3D Scanning in the Car 3D Scanning gives designers the ability to design aftermarket products with CAD based on the geometry of the mating part. For example, an aftermarket exhaust system can be designed using a scan on the underside of the vehicle. This process allows engineers to design the exhaust system while making sure it does not collide with other parts of the vehicle and that all installation points are aligned. Because the emissions are initially created inside the CAD software, the design is quickly available for performance review and analysis. The following is a typical business process for designing after-sales products.
- Scan and reverse component mating components. (i.e. mobile phones, car bodies, etc.)
- Convert the reverse engineering model into the CAD.
- After-sales product design uses the geometry of reverse engineering model.
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