What Is 3D Scanning?

Technology over the past few years has been progressing at a significant rate, giving us new and expanding technology that allows us to do more. 3D scanning is one of these technologies, it seems to get more advanced every year.

3D Laser scanning is a technology that digitally captures the shapes and sizes of physical objects using the line of laser light. It is non-destructive and non-contact, it uses the laser light to capture the surface of an object while sensor cameras record the changing of distance and shape of the laser line.

The scanners create 'point clouds' of data taken from the surface of an object, it's digitally capturing the objects exact size and shape into the cloud as a digital 3D object. Other sensors can also use pixel casting to cast a pixel pattern on to objects to map the distortions and create a 3D model. This allows the 3D scanners to get the finest of details and capture free-form shapes and generate highly specific and precise measurements to the clouds.

3D scanning is best suited to measurements and inspections of more complex shaped objects that have contoured surfaces and need massive amounts of data to get an accurate reading. This is where traditional methods of measurement and use of probes are very impractical and are harder to do.

Occipital 3D Scanner image

The Best Accessible 3D Scanner

In our opinion, we believe that the Occipital Structure Sensor 3D scanner and the Occipital Bridge Headset are the best mobile pieces of 3D scanning technology on the market right now. They offer immense 3D scanning and modelling but all through scanners that are placed on an iPad or on its own VR headset.

 This image was created using the Occipital 3D Scanner by Geoffrey Marchal 

All you need to do to use them is to download compatible apps to read the scans, attach the camera/sensor module and start scanning. The process makes 3D scanning a very simple procedure to do, making it easy for beginners in the field to start doing it and becoming better. 

The software from one of the compatible apps captures all of the relevant data for you, allowing you to easily export the data into one of the compatible apps and it would digitally create the 3D model for you. 

Some of the apps do have different services they offer, for example, Modeling, sculpting, 3D painting, animation and rendering may be on one app but not another. You can see a list of compatible/recommended apps here.


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