Laser Scanning Questions:

Q: How much will it cost to laser scan this part?
A: Please give us a call or send us an email with photos of the part(s) you would like laser scanned and we will provide quotations for you.

Q: What file formats does the scanner use?
A: Our laser scanners produce files in polymesh format. The most common and frequently used polymesh formats are: .stl, .dae, .fbx, .obj, and .ply.

Q: What type of scanner do you use?
A: We use two commercial-grade 3D laser scanners. The scanners use red light laser and are the most accurate form of 3D scanning among the four main types.

Q: How is laser scanning different from other types of 3D scanning?

Laser Scanning
Laser Scanning uses a series of cameras and lasers to measure and read surface geometry with triangulation calculations. Laser Scanning works extremely well with any surface finish and object shape, and offers the highest precision and resolution of all the major 3D scanning types. This makes Laser Scanning is the best metrology solution for professional applications. 
Structured Light
Structured light scanning works by shining patterned LED lights onto an object for tracking. It's more accurate than Photogrammetry but not comparable to Laser Scanning. Structured Light is an excellent option if you require colour to be captured as well. Structured Light is also more suitable for non-reflective, non-metallic objects, small to medium in size.
Photogrammetry
Photogrammetry relies on images and software algorithms to build a 3D image. The benefits of photogrammetry is its accessibility and low-cost. Popular applications for photogrammetry include capturing human forms, statues, and hobby projects. Due to the reliance on images, photogrammetry is generally not suitable for high precision applications.
Lidar
A type of large-scale laser technology, Lidar is generally intended for extremely large objects or distances, such as architectural applications, surveying, and geographical mapping. Lidar is efficient with expansive, environmental scanning and usually not suitable for product scanning or object scanning.

 

Reverse-Engineering Questions:

Q: Do I need reverse-engineering for the scanned parts?
A: Reverse-engineering depends on the application and usage of the data and is largely project and part dependent. If the project is aimed for manufacturing, most likely yes.

 

3D Printing Questions:

Q: I need an object 3D printed, which method should I choose?
A: There's a wide range of different 3D printer technology and materials; and each type is suitable for different application (ranging from polymer plastic, liquid resin, powder, composite, and metal). Please call or email us and we will be happy to offer suggestions.