In today’s world, one of the biggest advances in technology involves the use of 3D scanners and printers. Seemingly straight out of science fiction, this technology has revolutionized many aspects of manufacturing, construction, and other industries. As a result, the benefits gained from this technology continues to grow on an almost daily basis. To find out more about the benefits gained from this technology, here are some of the most recent advances that have brought about incredible changes.
The Concept Phase
In the past, industrial designers used clay or foam to create concept designs of physical objects. But with the invention of 3D scanning technology, they can now digitize objects and then allow the designers to render either concept illustrations or models to let them gain a better understanding of the design process.
Designing a Product
By using 3D scanning technology, designers can use the process of reverse engineering to create an actual CAD model of a product. In doing so, they can gain a better understanding of how the parts of a product fit together, and quickly make changes that otherwise would not have been noticed until much further in the process.
Reduction of Prototypes
In the past, engineers needed to create multiple prototypes of products before the final product was finished. But with 3D scanning technology, the need for prototypes has been reduced or eliminated altogether. By using precise measurements to scale on physical objects, this step in the overall design process can be hastened.
Arguably the most important step in the design and engineering process, product production has benefitted greatly from 3D scanning technology. Utilized to capture any changes that may occur on the shop floor, modifications can be transferred directly to the product to ensure all aspects of the manufactured part match. Along with this, 3D scanning technology is being used much more in the prediction of tool wear or failure. If and when a tool fails on the shop floor, the data gained from the 3D technology can be used to recreate specific parts
With the addition of 3D technology, statistical analysis software can be used to quickly inspect the shape and size of the product. By being able to predict certain issues that may arise, the combination of 3D scanning technology and statistical analysis software make the QC process much more efficient.
Used to certify product integrity during transport, 3D scanning technology can also increase packing density and even create casing and support structures to make the shipping process efficient and ensure products arrive to their destinations undamaged.