3D SCANNING & PRINTING SERVICES
We Offer 3D Scanning & Printing Services Nationwide
3D Scanning & Printing Services
Looking for 3D scanning and printing services? Let Surface Scan help you complete your project.
We offer two 3D scanning services in Kent. We have our mobile hand-held 3D scanning service and our desktop service, and each one has it’s benefits.
Hand-held 3D scanning is excellent for large items, and we can 3D scan an object from about 30 cm upwards. Our desktop 3D scanning is excellent for smaller items from about 20 mm up to around 200 mm.
We also offer two types of 3D printing. FDM printing & SLS printing. FDM printing is a faster and cheaper way to print parts. SLS printing takes longer to print but the parts are much stronger. These parts also have a much more polished finish.
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3D Scanning FAQ's
Not sure if 3D scanning can help you? Not sure if you object is right for 3D scanning?
We’ve got some common FAQ’s that might help you decide.
As we’ve said, we use structured light 3D scanning here at Surface Scan but it does come with a few limitations. Don’t worry though, we have ways of getting over most issues.
If you’d like to speak to us, contact us here.
Maybe you already have the 3D scan data and need another service?
Here is a more detailed explanation on what is structured light scanning.
Lets say you wraped an object in cling film and it took the form of that shape and every tiny detail. You then remove the object without altering the cling film, your left with the exterior shape of your object, a mesh or point cloud. This data can then be used for various purposes.
Most files we send are in the format of an STL or an OBJ.
If we’ve reversed engineered your data it will normally be sent as either a STEP or IGES file.
Generally we’ll send your data of secure servers or portable storage devices, whichever works best for you.
Absolutely, we offer a complete mobile service.
Yes, not a problem. Just bear in mind the postage costs and how big your object is.
Scanning shiny or dark objects can be tricky for most 3D scanners. The way around this, is to spray the object with a non-reflective spray. Don’t worry though, it comes off.
We use 3D scanners that scan using structured light. It basically projects a pattern onto the surface of the object and camera capture the data.
Have you got handmade a prototype? Do you need to reverse an old mould? You want to create custom car parts? The list goes on, but if you have a problem and you need a solution, we’re here to help.
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Advantages of 3D Scanning
Saves time when designing products – If your product design is based on an existing object, then 3D scanning can capture every detail of the part. Providing you with the data to design a matching part that fits perfectly. Or if you are altering a current design, you can use our 3D scan data as a good starting point.
Simplify the prototype process – Our 3D scanning services can reduce the number of prototype cycles needed. You can also compare the 3D scan data between each version. The 3D Scan process will also highlight any design flaws.
Improved Quality Control – You can use the 3D scan data to check the quality of your product. You can also check the scale and stability of the product. It is perfect for the manufacturing process whether it’s 3d printing, CNC milling or injection moulding, you can spot deviations immediately and rectify them easily.
Re-manufacture parts without CAD Drawings – Want to re-manufacture parts but don’t have the original drawing? By using our 3D scanning services, you can create an exact drawing within hours. By reverse-engineering the scan data you can design a new product. You can then compare the drawing for the old and new products.
Keeping costs down – All of the above points save time during the designing, prototyping and manufacturing process. As we all know time is money. Utilising our 3D scanning services can make the design to manufacture process 75% faster, and therefore 75% cheaper!
Scan to CAD
Our 3D scanning service is ideal for CAD users. We can capture exact detail using our 3D scanners. Then transfer this data into a 3D solid CAD model. 3D scanning is a much faster and more accurate way to collect data. Saving you time and money.
If you work in CAD and want to measure an obsolete part this can be quite difficult. By using our 3D scanning services, we can create an accurate drawing within hours. This type of data is almost impossible to recreate by hand. We can provide you with accurate 3D scan data for a relatively low cost.
Lost CAD drawings are now a thing of the past. We can provide you with this information from a physical part. If you ready to find out more about our 3D scanning services to CAD, then please get in touch.
Our 3D scanning services and reverse engineering services work hand in hand. You can utilise the scan data to streamline the manufacturing process.
We will reverse engineer the data. You can design a part to fit on to the original part.
You can also redesign and improve upon the original object and remove design flaws from the original part.
Do you want to make your designing and manufacturing process more accurate and much simpler? Manufacturing better quality and more accurate parts? Then our 3D Scanning Services is the service you need.
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
3D Printing FAQ's
SLS 3D printing is a fantastic technology. It can print moving parts in one go, and there is no need for support structures. The parts are strong because of the way they are printed and the process they go through.
Let us answer some of the questions people have when it comes to 3D printing. If we don’t cover all the questions, you might have, please check out our full FAQ’s page for more questions and answers.
If you’d like to speak to us, contact us here.
Selective laser sintering or SLS uses lasers to fuse PA22 nylon powder together, it’s a bit like painting with lasers. We take your model, slice it with our software and build it up layer by layer.
You can save money with our 3D printing service by nesting your parts. What is nesting?
Lets say you have a bowl and you printed that on it’s own, that’s not an issue, but what about all the space inside the bowl? Why not stack the 2 bowls together with a 1.5 mm gap or place another model that fits inside the bowl? That is nesting. Are prices are worked out by the square cm, not by the shape of the model.
We recommend a tolerance of around 0.2 mm for moving parts, any closer and you run the risk of the parts fusing together.
2 mm is around the right size.
1 mm wall thickness is good, but we can go down to 0.5 mm. The thinner your parts are designed, the greater the risk of your parts not printing.
Our current maximum print size is 300 mm.
In the Z axis it is + or – 0.075mm, in XY axis it is + or – 0.1 mm. These figures can change depending on the complexity of the model.