How Does 3D Scanning Work?

What is this 3D scanning thing I have heard so much about?

Glad you asked.

3D scanning is the process of analysing a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance (e.g. colour). The collected data can then be used to construct a surface file which then with some clever software can be converted to a workable solid CAD file, then it can be modified, analysed or 3D printed


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So, how do you actually 3D scan something?

FIRST STEP ?

At Cammpro we use the EINSCAN PRO 2X PLUS 3D scanner:

Firstly we determine what mode to scan your parts in, parts under 300mm can be scanned using an industrial pack which includes a tripod and turntable, parts are then scanned while rotating on the turntable, this give incredible accuracy of 0.04mm.

Or if the part is larger than 300mm the scanner can be used in a handheld mode where the only limit on size is our steady hands, the accuracy then is still an amazing 0.1mm


  • Determine your requirements.

  • Clean and prepare parts.

  • Set the lighting.

  • Scan the part.