3D SCANNING IN MAIDSTONE
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3D Scanning In Maidstone Services
Let Surface Scan help you complete your project.
We offer two services in Maidstone. 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 and upwards. Let’s say wanted to 3D scan a car door or bumper for reverse engineering to create a modified part, we can help you do that.
Our desktop 3D scanning is excellent for smaller items from about 20mm up to around 200mm. This is great for 3D scanning models, small car parts, broken fittings, etc.
All our equipment uses structured light technology, and it produces highly detailed scan data, ready to be reversed engineered or 3d printed.
We’re based in Kent, and offer our services throughout Maidstone and the UK. If you need any information, please get in touch.
We’re ready to answer any questions you have…
3D Scanning FAQ's
Not sure if 3D scanning can help you? Not sure if your 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.
Let’s say you wrapped an object in cling film and it took the form of that shape and every tiny detail. You then remove the item without altering the cling film, your left with your object’s exterior shape, a mesh or point cloud. This data can 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 typically 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.
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 item with a non-reflective spray. Don’t worry, though it evaporates quickly.
We use 3D scanners that scan using structured light. It projects a pattern onto the surface of the object and cameras data.
If we haven’t answered all you questions please get in touch. We will be happy to discuss your project.
Have you handmade a prototype? Do you need to reverse an old mould? Do you want to create custom car parts? The list goes on, but if you a problem and need a solution, we’re here to help.
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 processes. As we all know, time is money. Utilising our 3D scanning services can make the design process 75% faster, and therefore 75% cheaper!
Already have your scan data? – If you already have your scan data but need it reversed engineered and maybe 3D printed, check out our other services.
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 challenging. 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 are ready to find out more about our 3D scanning services to CAD, 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.
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