Key Benefits of 3D Scanning

3D Scanning is a process of digitally collecting information on the shape of an object using either white light or laser light, with collected data utilized to create three-dimensional models. Numerous varieties of 3D scanning and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) technology exist, including stationary 3D scanners, handheld 3D scanners and arm-based 3D scanners. Why utilize 3D scanning for your project? Here are the key benefits:

Data/Information Acquisition

3D scanning allows you to gain information that would otherwise be expensive to obtain without a scan. The process allows for rapid feedback on a part or product, quickly and easily showing areas that differ from Computer Aided Design (CAD) or original part expectations. From a scan, you can learn where dimensions and measurements start to differ from original prototypes or designs. This ability is very helpful for additive manufacturing, as you can adjust the design of your part to ensure that the final print matches the model.

3D Modeling

The data collected by 3D scanning gives you the relationship between all of the surface points of a part (point cloud), which can then be used to make a 3D model based entirely off of the data measured. By doing a full sweep of the surface of the object with a 3D scanner, you capture the shape of the object (mesh) in data that is easy to translate into CAD. Reverse engineering allows you to create 3D models on parts where molds or original drawings have been lost. This allows you to make additional parts, run finite element analysis (FEA), and recreate critical product information. It can be utilized in a vast array of engineering applications.

Quality Inspection

Many 3D inspection systems function not only as a scanner, but also as a CMM – measuring physical geometric characteristics of an object. Using a contact CMM probe, you can record the X, Y and Z coordinates of a part or product, creating a detailed point cloud of the object’s critical features. The point cloud data collected from a CMM device can be compared to the original CAD model, allowing for targeted inspection of your part or product.


For additional information on how ARL 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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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.