So what exactly is 3D scanning?
3D scanning works similarly to a traditional paper scanner or fax machine that scans a document to be input into a computer. 3D scanning, however, brings it to the next level and allows scans of 3 dimensional objects that can then be accurately displayed on a computer screen. These scans create a 3D image where Halo Technologies’ engineers can input the scanned models on the computer. The process allows our engineers to inspect for clearances of aircraft engine bays as well as improve design optimization in only a quarter of the time that it used to take using traditional methods. The results give an astonishing level of precision engineering!
Here at Halo Technologies, LLC., we are always pushing to use the most up to date technological tools to bring quality service at the best prices for our Customers. Now 3-D scanning technology is one of the essential tools Halo Technologies uses for research and development of clients products. Having such a powerful tool enables our qualified engineers to not only create a new product for a range of fields in significantly less time, but with higher precision and accuracy. This translates not only to new products at lower cost, but better results and manufacturing options.
The Technical Stuff On 3D Scanning
The procedure starts with the item itself. The item must be prepped for multiple scans from alternating angles and if it item is a constructed of multiple pieces, we must disassemble and reassemble them scanning at each stage.
The next part of the process involves the actual scanning of the item as the user sees it. Using a mobile workstation, Halo Technologies uses an infrared scanner and scanning program to collect data that creates the 3D model. The infrared scanner plots a grid of infrared beams that map out the target object. Each beam figures a point distance from the reference point, in this case the scanner, and calculates a distance. It performs this for each beam in the plotted grid in real time. These points are then utilized to make a surface, or mesh, that makes up the scan of the object, in our case the engine bay.
After scans are completed, they are imported into our engineering computer and utilized in our Computer Aided Designs, or CAD, to be utilized as a reference for sizing of the item. This allows for designs to be developed and implemented not only much more quickly but also more accurately. It then allows our engineering department to create a working prototype item in less than a quarter of the time it would have taken using previous methods. Less R&D time with better cost and a more optimized system deign is better for everyone – including you, the Customer!
Check out this cool video from Tested to learn more about the basics: