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20 03, 2019

Import Organic Shapes into CAD – Part 3

By |2019-03-20T09:21:19-04:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, 3D Scanning, 3d Scanning & Reverse Engineering, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This post is Part 3 of the topic: Leverage and import organic shapes into CAD and today we will introduce you to Generative Design. In previous posts, we briefly discussed the value of having the ability to capture organic shapes for use in CAD design. To illustrate this process, scanned our engineer’s hand and then integrated that scan into CAD in order to design a rotating Nespresso Pod holder. Now, we will finalize the CAD design phase by using Fusion's Generative Design, to assist us during the model creation process. By now, the Nespresso pod holder is almost complete. The [...]

19 12, 2018

Solidworks Slicing Tool

By |2018-12-19T08:55:57-04:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, SOLIDWORKS|0 Comments

This post will explain the new functionality in SolidWorks 2019 called Slicing. Scanning is becoming more and more prevalent in the engineering world. Whether you want to scan geometry just to back up your design or scan to recreate and make modifications, it's becoming more and more easy to start from a scan. Once done, you export the scan as an STL. The challenge comes when trying to utilize an STL file as graphics bodies in SolidWorks. You are not able to select anything on the body, nor can you trace or work off of the geometry. Although there are different [...]

14 12, 2018

The Process of Importing Organic Shapes

By |2018-12-14T08:28:30-04:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

In this article, we go into more details about the process of importing organic shapes into CAD. We will explain how we created a custom coffee pod holder by scanning a human hand and including it in the CAD design. The first step involved capturing the geometry. There are many different 3D scanners out, all of which vary in accuracy, resolution, and light technologies. In order to facilitate the scanning of the hand, we used a structured white light scanner, which does not require positioning targets. Once the data was acquired, the second task involved data clean up. Using mesh [...]

9 11, 2018

Customer Spotlight – Miguel Horn sculptor

By |2018-11-09T08:30:24-04:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, Customer Success Stories|0 Comments

Miguel Horn, a sculptor and visual artist in Philadelphia recently used 3D scanning for one of his projects. He has worked with the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and other local art institutions and he tries to use as many digital production methods as he can. He feels that this allows him to speed up fabrication, as well as  use a variety of different new materials. In 2015 Miguel was approached to develop a concept for a public art opportunity. Philadelphia has a program where 1% of public funding for development in the city construction and architecture must be [...]

31 08, 2018

CMM Master – Portable Inspection System

By |2018-08-31T08:33:48-04:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today we are going to talk about a portable CMM called the CMM Master. The CMM Master is based on the Renishaw Equator, and powered by Verisurf’s AUTOMATE software. The working volume is approximately 12” X 12” X 6” up from the plate. It has been volumetrically error mapped with the Verisurf software to an accuracy of +/- .0005î, making it more accurate than the standard Equator. Its single point repeatability is within a couple of tenths! Verisurf's AUTOMATE software, allows you to create complete automated inspection plans. Once this plan is created, you click on the Play button and [...]

27 06, 2018

Reverse Engineering a Can Holder

By |2018-06-27T08:39:57-04:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, 3D Scanning|0 Comments

We reversed Engineered this 6-pack can holder which is great for quickly snapping cans on to it and easily carry them around. Here’s a brief overview of how we reverse engineered it, improved the design, and then optimized it for injection molding. First, we used 3D System’s Capture scanner to scan directly into Geomagic’s Design X. With a resolution of .110 mm, and an accuracy of .060 mm, we were able to capture even the finest details. Since the base geometry is patterned, we just needed to ensure that we capture enough geometry of one can holder and then we [...]

23 05, 2018

Differences Between Scan-Based and CAD-Based Neutral Files

By |2018-05-22T16:47:11-04:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Scan-based files involve cleaning up the scan, optimizing the mesh quality, and ensuring that the scanned mesh is watertight. At this point we can generate the neutral file based on this processed scan data. CAD-based is bit more labor intensive. It involves interrogating the mesh, creating CAD sketches and CAD features and fitting them to match the scanned data. Once the scanned data has been recreated as CAD data, we can then generate the neutral file based on the final CAD geometry. Let’s analyze the differences between the two. The main difference between these two approaches is that a CAD-based [...]

11 05, 2018

Geomagic Capture Scanner

By |2018-05-11T08:30:21-04:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning|0 Comments

The Geomagic Capture Scanner is an industrial grade scanner that can be used for both reverse engineering and inspection. It allows you to bring physical parts into CAD for the purpose of reviving a lost design, developing entirely new products, or inspecting existing parts. Let's take a look at some of its key features. The Geomagic Capture is a blue light scanner offering fast and accurate scanning in a portable, lightweight unit. This device can hold accuracies of +/-.0035" and is very simple to set up and use. The Capture scanner connects to the PC through an Ethernet port and [...]

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