It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create.
This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object. 3d scanners use different technologies to generate a 3d model such as time-of-flight, structured / modulated light, volumetric scanning and many more. Recently, many IT companies like Microsoft and Google enabled their hardware to perform 3d scanning, a great example is Microsoft’s Kinect.
This is a clear sign that future hand-held devices like smartphones will have integrated 3d scanners. Digitizing real objects into 3d models will become as easy as taking a picture. Prices of 3d scanners range from very expensive professional industrial devices to 30 USD DIY devices anyone can make at home. Below you’ll find a short demonstration of the process of 3D scanning with a professional HDI 3D scanner that uses structured light
By dimensioning and 3D scanning existing parts, we can recreate geometry to a high degree of accuracy, making it possible to replace or mimic existing components - either to replace existing parts, or as a starting point for designing something new
Our team can provide feedback and advice as you develop your own CAD models - or take it all the way from a sketch to a finished prototype.