3D Scanning Services
3D Scanning Services
We provide 3D scanning services throughout the UK, using the latest technology available.
We collaborate with Designers, Engineers, Manufacturers and Creatives, providing a wide range of 3D Scanning services. We can 3D scan almost any object, no matter how complex. If you are looking for 3D Scanning services near you, then get in touch. We also offer mobile scanning services. We can visit your premises and scan parts on site.
There are many 3D Scanning companies throughout the UK. However, with our combination of 3D Scanning, 3D Printing Services and Reverse Engineering Services we can provide you with the complete package.
What is 3D Scanning?
3D scanning services come in many forms. Laser scanning, photogrammetry, structured light, the list goes on.
Our 3D scanning services use structured light technology, but the end goal is the same, to capture highly detailed and accurate models of your object.
This 3D scan can then be used in many ways, reverse engineering, 3d printing, analysis etc.
What is 3D Scanning Used For?
3D scanning uses the latest technology to help simplify workflows in many industries and sectors. Let’s say you work in the automotive industry and you want to increase the aerodynamics of a front bumper or spoiler. We can 3D scan the original bumper or spoiler, reverse engineer it and make the changes we think will work. Then using CAD software we can analyse our changes. We’ve written a great blog on “What is 3D Scanning Used For“, check it out.
How 3D Scanning Works
Using structured light, this works by using a single light source to project multiple lines/patterns onto the object, a camera then tracks these lines.
The camera uses the differences in these lines to determine the different depths of the given features. Then the software does the tricky bits.
Structured light is used in many industries, from 3d product scanning to aerospace. Providing highly accurate scan data.
3D Scanning FAQ's
Not sure if 3D scanning can help you? Not sure if your object is suitable?
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.
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 clingfilm and it took the form of that shape and every tiny detail. You then remove the object without altering the clingfilm, 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 cameras data.
Have you got a handmade prototype? Do you need to reverse an old mold? Do you want to create custom car parts? The list goes on. If you have a problem and you need a solution, we’re here to help.
Where Do We 3D Scan?
We are based in Kent, but we can 3D scan your object anywhere in the UK. We use the latest handheld structured light 3D scanning technology so this enables us to be mobile, cost-effective, fast and responsive to your needs. We also offer a desktop service for smaller items. This also uses structured light technology to capture the same high level of detail.
What Can We 3D Scan?
OK, maybe not the rocket but we can 3D scan pretty much any object from 30mm upwards. For objects smaller than roughly 200mm we use our desktop 3D scanner, objects over 200mm we use our handheld scanner. Both will give you the same level of detail and accuracy and are fast and efficient. Objects that are shinny can be tricky to scan, this means a non-reflective coating spray is needed.
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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 scanner 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 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.