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3D Printing and 3D Scanning

by:Bofeng     2020-08-29
In this article I want to cover how 3D scanning and 3D printing can work together to do some serious damage in the manufacturing business. First off, let me cover both. 3D scanning is a process in which a physical object will be placed on the base of a 3D scanner and it will then be circled and scanned by lasers with surrounding pieces of a 3D scanner. The surrounding pieces of this scanner will encircle the model, and the scanner will process what the object looks like. The result will be a 3D file constructed around the physical object itself. So, in a nutshell, this means that we can take a wide variety of objects, scan them, and alter them on the computer. When a talented artist or engineer comes into contact with an interesting object that needs to be adjusted, the process known as 3D scanning will change the game. This process is especially powerful when the manufacturing process goes in conjunction with 3D printing. What is 3D printing?
3D printing is an interesting form of manufacturing technology which allows for the creation of virtually any shape, even if organic or heavily independent on geometry. This technology doesn't involve molds or casts, and allows for the small scale (creation of 1 or more products) manufacturing of almost anything from almost any material! Although with some materials, this manufacturing process can be expensive, but it is very significant! Let me cover the basic process. An engineer or 3D developer will create a computer file, or a product will be captured with a 3D scanner. The computer file will then be sent to a 3D printer. The 3D printing process continues as the 3D printer's intelligent computer will take into account the computer file. This computer on the printer will create the product in accordance to the computer file. The 3D printer will then lay down very small layers of material at a time. The printer will then lay down an additional layer on top. The machine will then fuse the material together through either adhesive chemicals, or through laser melting. As layers keep on stacking and fusing, the product will finally be complete after a hundred or so layers. How is this process unique? The layer by layer process allows for the creation of virtually any shape, almost entirely free of geometrical limits. This process can be done on a small scale; I.e. you wouldn't have to order 10,000 of them from China. Also, this process has a variety of over 60 materials to choose from. The options are crazy with 3D printing!
Now, when it comes to using 3D printing in conjunction with 3D scanning, life could be pretty smooth; especially in certain industries that revolve around custom products. For example, when it comes down to doing dental work, a client's teeth and jaw has to be scanned before an option can come about. The inserts have to be precise within that industry! The same standard flies for the hearing aid industry. Jewelry is another industry that could benefit from 3D scanning and 3D printing. If a client broke his or her ring or necklace, 3D scanning could capture most of the object, and a modeler could simply finish or touch up the design to have it 3D printed. As 3D printing and 3D scanning 'join forces,' we will continue to see advancements in custom industries, particularly the medical industry.

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