Capture the real-world components of your design for greater flexibility and accuracy in design. 3D scanning is an advancing technology that allows you to capture parts in the real world and digitalise them for use in CAD, visualisation, measurement and inspection.
Very few components exist in isolation. Having a model of real world components streamlines the process of design, mating parts can be measured, clearances checked and interfaces captured in detail. This has the added benefit of reducing or even eliminating the need for physical prototyping, allowing you to get to market faster!
Sometimes, the old fashion way is the best way. Whether its hand shaping body work in clay or creating personalised steering wheel grips for a driver from foam, there are some things that just need to be done “in the flesh”. In this case, 3D scanning is the perfect tool to capture the final shape digitally so that it can be finessed in CAD, mirrored to create LH/RH parts, and manufactured in a repeatable manner through CNC machining or 3D printing processes.
Another application of scanning is in reverse engineering. Often, a one-off component can be lost forever if damaged. 3D scanning allows you to capture a record that can be referenced for repair or replacement. An ideal example of this is this one of a kind historic race car transmission that we scanned. Made from notoriously flammable (yet lightweight) magnesium, having a 3D scan on file will prevent the design from (literally) disappearing in flames.
Not sure if 3D scanning is right for you? We are always willing to help you find the right tools for your project. Contact one of our friendly engineers today!
3D Scan Store
We also have an online store full of 3D scans to help you with your next automotive project. These are scans that we've used in our own work, and now we're making them available for a fraction of the price that it would cost you to have these parts scanned.
Follow this link to browse our library of engines, seats, suspension parts and more...