3D Scanning Ask the Expert

Equipment Spotlight: Hexagon Romer 3D Scanner

3D Scanning is a process of digitally collecting information on the shape of an object using a line of laser light, with collected data used to create three-dimensional models. 3D scanning can be used for product benchmarking, rapid prototyping, CAD to part comparison, reverse engineering, point-cloud inspection, virtual assembly, quality control processes, and additive manufacturing. The 3D scanning process also allows for increased customization of 3D printed parts, with objects being scanned and data being transferred into 3D modeling programs.

The Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm with Integrated Scanner 7725SI (RS4) is an all-purpose, portable 3D measurement tool for digitization, inspection and analysis. This metrology system captures 3D point data from a wide variety of surface types and can be utilized in almost any measurement application. This instrument requires no warm-up time, calibrations, or additional controllers and cables. The complete scanning process is entirely verifiable and traceable, which allows for an exactness in measurements of objects.


  • CAD to part comparison
  • Point cloud inspection
  • Quality control processes
  • Product benchmarking
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Reverse engineering
  • Virtual assembly


  • Sheet metal
  • Plastic
  • Carbon fiber components
  • Almost anything that can reflect a little light


  • Probing accuracy as fine as 20 microns and scanning accuracy within 50 microns
  • Probing and scanning accuracy certified to B89.4.22 and VDI/VDE 2617-9 standards

For additional information on how we can help with all your additive manufacturing needs, please feel free to contact our team for testing, our sister company SabeRex for production, or TekRex for design and development.

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About ARL

Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

We believe quality is infused by finding every flaw in a product and methodically removing each one until the product shines. As a result, only a thorough, comprehensive reliability test program, as provided by ARL, will allow a product to emerge that will earn or maintain an unsullied and clean brand reputation.