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Q-PLUS Labs Case Study: GQ Moto Inc., 3D Scanning Takes Entrepreneurial Ideas from Designs to Finished Products

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jan 30, 2018 1:41:17 PM

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Often times, necessity is the mother of invention. Many products are conceived out of necessity, while there are products which occur from what may seem like serendipity. With the prevalence and popularity of 3D printing among a variety of users, from elementary students to precision machine shops, the ability to develop products is becoming a more appealing and accessible process. But how does what starts as a design concept make it to the finish line as a final product? After all, an idea is only as good as its execution. Q-PLUS Labs uses 3D scanning to help with this process for the founder of GQ Moto Inc., who intends to show the story of an invention's journey, from idea to production.


George Parstch, a pre-med student and business student turned inventor and patent holder is familiar with the dilemma of having an idea and figuring out how to execute on it. He's encountered this scenario quite a few times in his career – at least eight, to be exact. Most of these ideas came from his experience in a wide variety of fields from personal stylist and wardrobe consultant to medical device engineer. Parstch envisions bringing eight unique products to market while showing people how they can do it too through video documentary of his design's journey through development to delivery of the finished product.

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Parstch approached Q-PLUS Labs seeking 3D scanning expertise for reverse engineering some of the prototypes he's developing. 3D scanning provides two main benefits for product development. One is reverse engineering which allows you to obtain the exact dimensions of an object so you can replicate it or in this case, improve upon it. The second benefit that 3D scanning provides for product development is dimensional inspection which aids in comparing the actual condition of a manufactured part or component to the nominal condition as defined by engineering drawings and blueprints, metal or film templates (decreasingly), digital files and 3D CAD models (increasingly), or even a master tool or part.

With a step by step documentary on how to bring new products from concept to completion, Partsch seeks to creatively innovate products used on a daily basis from menswear to children’s sports equipment. His background in medical device design, also has enabled him to develop a device that is more custom fit and functionally appealing to the user or consumer than what is currently available on the market. Q-PLUS Labs’ 3D scanning expertise enables companies like GQ Moto Inc. to get what they need for their design concept or refining their finished product. If you’d like more information about how we can use 3D scanning services as well as a wide variety of dimensional measurement services to help with your current idea or manufacturing process, click here to schedule an assessment.

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Topics: dimensional inspection, reverse engineering, 3D scanners, 3D Scanning, 3D scanning equipment, case studies, 3d scanner, case study

A Reverse Engineering Checklist for Selecting the Right Provider

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jan 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Reverse engineering is not an activity that most people can effectively perform without the help of an outsourced provider. It often requires one or more types of advanced measurement equipment, specialized software, and training to use these tools. Of course, purchasing equipment and performing measurements in-house is possible, but if you do decide to outsource, finding a qualified provider is the first step.

When looking for a provider, choose one that has the necessary skills and certifications specific to your industry. In addition to this, there are several other characteristics to seek out.

Selecting a Reverse Engineering Provider

This short checklist represents just the essential factors to look for in an outsourced provider:

  1. Involvement in your industry - Although it is not a necessity, working with a provider that has prior experience with the types of objects you are reverse engineering will result in a shorter learning curve for your project.
  2. Involvement in other industries - It may seem counterintuitive, but a provider that operates in multiple industries is better able to solve the many challenges that can arise with reverse engineering. For example, a lab that has worked in the micro-manufacturing industry might have insights into the best way to reverse engineer a piece of jewelry because it is familiar with small, detailed parts.
  3. Problem-solving expertise - Many reverse engineering applications require a certain amount of problem solving, even just to determine what types of measurements should be used. The more experience a provider has, the better able it will be to help with your application.
  4. The right equipment - Every reverse engineering application is different, and not all of them require the same type of equipment. For example, many people are familiar with the capabilities of 3D laser scanning, but did you know that it cannot be used for every type of object? Look for a provider that uses multiple different types of equipment so that you can be sure it has the right tools for the job -- and not just the tools it happens to have in the lab.

If you are looking for a reverse engineering provider, get in touch with the experts at Q-PLUS Labs. We use measurement equipment of all types for reverse engineering and dimensional inspection. We have also worked with virtually every type of industry and have been exposed to a wide range of reverse engineering challenges. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

What other factors might you consider when selecting a reverse engineering lab?

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3 Common Challenges in Reverse Engineering

Posted by Mike Knicker on Nov 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM


Reverse engineering is used in a broad range of industries for numerous types of applications. Manufacturers and product developers use reverse engineering to replicate worn parts, to convert physical models to digital ones, and to assess the dimensions of objects. However, although it is fairly common in certain industries, that does not necessarily make it easy. Fortunately, some of the most common challenges in reverse engineering are easily solvable with the right approach.

3 Common Reverse Engineering Challenges

Some of the most common reverse engineering challenges that you are likely to face include:

  1. Not having the right equipment - Even if you have successfully reverse engineered an object in the past, the equipment you have in-house may not be sufficient for the next object you must scan. Differences in the size, shape, and surface characteristics of the object can impact the types of 3D scanning equipment that are most suitable for the job. To solve this problem, you can either purchase new equipment that matches your needs or outsource to a lab that has the necessary tools.
  2. Not having the right software - After 3D scanning equipment creates a point cloud, the data must be converted to a usable digital format. The right software tools are essential for effectively using your 3D scanning data. When selecting software for reverse engineering, you must be sure that it is compatible with your scanning equipment and any other software programs you intend to use. Working with an experienced provider is a good solution for either selecting the best software programs for the task at hand or outsourcing the project if you don't have the tools in-house.
  3. Not having the right skills - In addition to having the scanning equipment and software to effectively reverse engineer an object, you need people who are trained to use these tools. Not every company has a team with the right mix of skills for reverse engineering. To solve this problem, you can hire new staff, train your existing employees, or outsource to a qualified provider.

Q-PLUS has decades of experience with reverse engineering for a broad range of applications. We also offer multiple types of equipment to ensure that we can scan virtually any type of object. We'll work closely with you and your team to find the best possible solutions for your reverse engineering needs. Contact us today if you would like to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

What reverse engineering challenges have you faced?

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11 Must Satisfy Reverse Engineering Vendor Requirements

Posted by Mike Knicker on Aug 8, 2013 6:00:00 AM

11 reverse engineering requirements

Whether you decide to outsource reverse engineering services or purchase equipment so you can do it in-house, you must work with a qualified provider that you trust. The reasons may be obvious in the case of outsourcing, but selecting a good reseller when you decide to buy is just as important.

Whichever route you choose, make sure your vendor satisfies the following requirements:

Four Criteria for Outsourcing Reverse Engineering Services

For many reverse engineering applications, selecting a qualified provider is critical, especially if you must satisfy regulatory requirements. Look for the following factors when you evaluate providers:
  1. Certification and accreditation - The current certification standard is ISO 9001, and the accreditation to look for is ISO 17025.

  2. Expertise - Look for a long track record of success in multiple industries, particularly the one in which you operate.

  3. Technology - Advances in reverse engineering technology are ongoing. Look for a provider that stays on the cutting edge and adopts new measurement and scanning technologies as they are developed.
  4. Diversity - Successful reverse engineering is sometimes a combination of science and art. A reverse engineering provider that has experience across a range of industries and applications will be better able to solve problems and produce the best results.

Seven Criteria for Purchasing Reverse Engineering Equipment

If you have ongoing reverse engineering needs, purchasing equipment for in-house use might be more cost-effective. Although there are a number of places where you can purchase equipment, not all providers are created equally. Look for the following factors when selecting a vendor:
  1. Collaboration - Most reverse engineering equipment requires an investment that you want to feel confident about making. Look for a provider that will help you select the best solution for your needs and not just sell you the device that will boost its bottom line.

  2. Diversity - Working with a reseller that carries multiple manufacturers will give you more choices and help ensure that you evaluate all the available options.

  3. Flexibility - If you are working with a limited budget, look for a provider that allows you to lease equipment or set up a payment plan.

  4. Expertise - The companies that also use reverse engineering equipment are the most qualified to help you decide what to buy. A provider that uses the same devices every day will be better able to help you make an informed decision than a provider that only sells equipment.

  5. Installation - Before you buy or lease the equipment, make sure your provider offers installation, calibration, and validation services so you can be confident that you have the proper setup.

  6. Training - Look for a provider that offers a variety of training options, especially if your staff will need to learn how to use your new equipment.

  7. Support - Sometimes problems arise. You don't want to be left on your own to troubleshoot or to set up maintenance schedules. Also, understanding your equipment warranty is important in order to ensure that you fulfill any requirements. Look for a provider that offers ongoing support so you can get the most from your investment.

Whether you decide to buy or outsource, Q-PLUS Labs can help. We meet all of the above criteria and more. We'll work with you to find the best solution for your reverse engineering needs. We'll even help you make the decision whether to buy or outsource. Request a quote today to get started.

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Topics: equipment, reverse engineering, equipment purchasing, reverse engineering equipment, equipment purchases

Nine Things to Consider When Purchasing Reverse Engineering Equipment

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jul 31, 2013 8:30:00 AM

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If you have decided that purchasing your own reverse engineering equipment is the most cost-effective solution for your project, the next step is determining what to buy. Countless types of equipment are available, with a range of features and from several manufacturers.

So how will you know what to buy? Follow these tips:

Nine Factors for Purchasing Reverse Engineering Equipment

  1. Sensor type - The object's surface characteristics and other factors will determine what type of sensor will be best for your application. If you're not sure, work with a trained professional before you make an investment to ensure that the equipment you buy will produce the desired results.

  2. Sizes of objects - Reverse engineering a car door handle requires different equipment than for a much larger object, such as an airplane propeller. When it comes to purchasing reverse engineering equipment, sometimes size does matter.

  3. Shapes of objects - The shape of the objects you intend to measure will play a role in your purchasing decision. For example, you may need to add a bore probe if the object has cavities or holes.

  4. Tolerance levels - Make sure you know the required tolerances in order to ensure that your equipment can achieve them.

  5. Budget - When you buy equipment, the budget encompasses much more than just the sticker price. Consider other factors such as the costs to operate, calibrate, and maintain the equipment in the long run.

  6. In-house skills - Make sure that your staffers have the skills to operate any new equipment you buy. If they do not, you may need to invest in training.

  7. Maintenance requirements - Find out what regular maintenance is required before you buy so there are no surprises down the road.

  8. In-house capacity - Determine whether the equipment you are purchasing will be able to meet your reverse engineering needs in a timely manner. 3-D scanning an object can take several hours; if you need fast turnaround time for multiple projects, consider purchasing multiple devices or partially outsourcing as needed.

  9. Purchasing method - Look for a provider that gives you the option to buy or lease equipment, especially if you're uncertain how long you will need it.

If you're not sure what equipment to buy, work with a qualified provider that offers devices from multiple manufacturers.

Q-PLUS Labs is an authorized reseller for many different manufacturers. We offer the option to buy or lease, and we can often provide refurbished equipment to help you save money. We also use the equipment in our own labs, so we are uniquely qualified to help you make an informed decision. Contact us today with your questions or for assistance with buying reverse engineering equipment.

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Topics: reverse engineering, reverse engineering equipment, equipment purchases

Outsourcing Reverse Engineering? Answer These 7 Questions

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jul 19, 2013 5:59:00 AM

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If you have decided that outsourcing reverse engineering services makes the most sense for your project or business, you still have some decisions to make. Not all reverse engineering applications are the same. You must decide what type of equipment to use and what kind of output you need, as well as consider a range of other factors.

This checklist is designed to help you get started.

7 Questions to Ask When Outsourcing Reverse Engineering

  1. What is the objective of reverse engineering? Your provider will need to know your end goals in order to help you make the most cost-effective decisions.

  2. What type of reverse engineering makes the most sense for your application? You can decide between design intent, verbatim (as-built), or a hybrid of the two. When reverse engineering for design intent, the measurements of the original object may be adjusted to correct for imperfections so that the final product will function in the desired way. The verbatim approach aims to create an exact replica of the original object, including imperfections, and the hybrid approach can be used in cases when the original object features multiple types of surfaces.

  3. How should you process measurement data? When gathering measurements to reverse engineer an object, you can use a dimension-driven approach, shrink-wrap surfaces, or a combination of the two.

  4. How accurate do you need to be? Depending on your objectives and the reasons for reverse engineering, your application might need a certain degree of measurement accuracy. For example, in the case of an object that must meet regulatory specifications, accuracy is extremely important. However, if you are replicating a statue for sale in a gift shop, some minor differences are acceptable. 

  5. Does the original object need to remain intact? In some cases, in order to get the most accurate measurements, the original object will need to be disassembled or even destroyed. If this is not an option for your application, your provider must know that at the beginning of the process.

  6. What type of equipment should you use? Many different types of measurement equipment can be used for reverse engineering. Your provider will consider the level of accuracy required, surface characteristics of the original object, and many other factors when deciding how best to take measurements.

  7. Do you need to measure the object in a constrained state? For some applications, measuring the object while in a state that simulates how it's shape will conform in assembly makes more sense. You might also need to measure other objects or parts if you are reverse engineering an item that is part of an assembly.

Your provider can (and should) help you answer many of these questions, so don't be afraid to ask.

One of the greatest advantages of outsourcing reverse engineering services to providers such as Q-PLUS Labs is that we operate across multiple industries. This means that we offer a broad range of equipment types and the expertise to handle almost any reverse engineering application. Contact us today to learn more or to get started on your next reverse engineering project.


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Topics: dimensional measurement, dimensional inspection, reverse engineering, outsourcing, measurements, criteria, 3D scanners, metrology, 3D Scanning

Reverse Engineering: Should You Purchase Equipment or Outsource?

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jul 2, 2013 2:20:00 PM

reverse engineering purchase or outsource

If you need reverse engineering for your business, you may come to a point when you must decide if you want to outsource to a qualified provider or purchase equipment to do the job in-house.

Both approaches come with advantages and disadvantages. Ask the following questions to help you make an informed decision:

  • How frequently do you need to perform reverse engineering? If the answer is not that often or for a short-term project, you might consider outsourcing as a more cost-effective solution. On the other hand, if you foresee a consistent need for reverse engineering, buying or leasing equipment might be a better approach.

  • How quickly do you need results? If the answer is yesterday, outsourcing is likely to be faster than purchasing new equipment and training staff to use it. If you think buying is a better solution, factor in the time needed to acquire equipment and train your staff.

  • How much can you spend? Working backward from a set budget is a good way to evaluate your options. Remember to factor in more than just equipment costs. You might also need to train staff and pay for maintenance, so the up-front expenses do not necessarily reflect the total cost of ownership. On the other hand, if you will need reverse engineering services for the long run, owning your equipment could cost less over time.

  • What types of objects do you need to reverse engineer? If you expect to scan multiple objects with different sizes and surface characteristics, you might actually need more than one piece of equipment to get the job done. Outsourcing to a provider that has multiple devices can save you time and money. However, if you know you'll be reverse engineering similar objects, doing it in-house could be more efficient.

  • Does your staff know how to reverse engineer? Just because employees are skilled in one area does not mean that they will have the necessary knowledge and skills to use new equipment that they are not familiar with. If you do decide to buy, consider investing in training.

  • Is NIST traceability important? If you require NIST traceability, ensuring that the personnel operating the equipment have the necessary skills becomes even more important. A qualified provider can ensure NIST traceability, or you can train staff so you can achieve it in-house.

  • Can you handle tech support and maintenance in-house? Owning equipment means that you are responsible for calibrating, operating, and maintaining it. If you’re not prepared to do this for the life of the equipment, consider outsourcing. Some equipment resellers also provide ongoing training, support, and maintenance, so if you do buy, look for a provider that offers these services.

One approach that many businesses take is outsourcing before they decide to make an equipment purchase. This way, you can ensure that the equipment you are considering is adequate for the task at hand. You will also have time to hire skilled staff or train your existing employees to use the new equipment.

Whether you buy or outsource, Q-PLUS Labs is here to help. As a reseller of multiple types of equipment, we offer a large selection of manufacturers. Because we use this equipment in our own labs, we are uniquely qualified to help you make the best selection for your specific needs.

If you’re not yet ready to buy, we can perform the reverse engineering for you, either for a single project or on a long-term basis. Get in touch with a representative today to start exploring your reverse engineering options.

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Topics: equipment, reverse engineering, budgeting, project planning, outsourcing, equipment purchasing, purchasing

Butter Dish 2.0: A Reverse Engineering Case Study

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jun 24, 2013 6:01:00 AM

 reverse engineering case study

When we talk about reverse engineering and dimensional measurement, we often refer to manufactured parts, engineering tolerances, and other abstract concepts. Although we don't often encounter this particular type of project, this case study provides an excellent example of reverse engineering in action.

Mike M. came to Q-PLUS with an uncommon request and an even more unique story behind it. 

Butter Dish Beginnings

In 1979, Mike's grandparents hosted a family gathering. All was going well until the smoke alarm went off! After much searching and a hint of panic, the source of the smoke was discovered: A plastic butter dish had fallen onto the dishwasher’s heating element, melted, and triggered the smoke alarm. 

The unlucky cousin who had loaded the dishwasher looked in and asked, "Is it ruined?" One look at the clearly ruined butter dish sparked hilarity and prompted her grandfather to mount it on a plaque and present it to her. The butter dish became a family award that was presented annually to the person who had done the dumbest thing the year before.

Some of the most memorable awards were given to:

  • The grandfather who tried to fix the bathroom plumbing without turning the water off first
  • The brother-in-law who mistakenly wore one new shoe and one old shoe on a trip to Europe
  • The niece who fell asleep on the New York City subway, missed her stop, and lost her companion in the process
  • The uncle who, in a middle-of-the-night indigestion attack, reached for a bottle of liquid antacid and took a swig of white glue instead

For more than 25 years, the not-so-coveted award was passed around the family. Eventually, the original award-winner decided that she wanted this special keepsake permanently back in her possession. What was the rest of the family to do?

Barriers to Butter Dish Duplication

Mike decided to explore the option of replicating the cherished (and deformed) butter dish to carry on the family tradition. He went to the R&D department at the medical device company where he works and asked if they could possibly make a copy using the in-house 3-D printer.

The initial response was, "A butter dish? Sure, we can copy that." But after one look at this butter dish in all its melted glory, the R&D team members decided that it was beyond their capabilities. It was too complicated because the shape was so irregular. However, they did recommend a lab that they sometimes used for outsourcing this type of work.

Mike contacted the recommended lab and thought he had found a solution ... until he sent a picture of the butter dish. Foiled again!

Q-PLUS to the Rescue

Still on a mission to continue this unique family tradition, Mike turned to the trusty Internet. He found the Q-PLUS website, filled out the contact form, and got a return phone call in 15 minutes. Unlike the R&D team and the first lab Mike tried, we were not only up for the challenge, but we also were excited about it. What a great story!

Unlike many of our other projects in which clients send in objects for reverse engineering, this was a special case. Mike was concerned that a melted butter dish received in the mail would not get the respect it deserved and could possibly get lost (or tossed) after all these years. We scheduled time on a Saturday for him to bring the award in and have it scanned.

For the scanner, we used a high-end white light scanner: a Steinbichler Comet 5 4M. There are less powerful scanners we could have used for a project like this, but our team got caught up in the excitement and wanted to produce the best possible results. The white light scanner was used because we needed a massive amount of highly accurate data to capture the detail of the melted butter dish. This device was also selected because it provides relatively fast results and budget was a consideration.

This particular project is a perfect example of “as-built” reverse engineering. The goal was to create a replica of the original object, errors and all (and clearly, this butter dish was rife with errors!). On the other hand, if we were reverse engineering for design intent, we would have tried to produce a functional butter dish that matched its pre-melted state.

Butter Dish 2.0 Is Back in Action

butter dish exampleMike was able to take our digital scan and have a replica made using a 3-D printer. Butter Dish 2.0 lives on, and the family tradition remains uninterrupted.

In addition to achieving the desired goal, Mike was happy to learn more about the scanning and printing process. He thought that it was amazing that an object, especially one so complicated, could be replicated so exactly.

When asked about his experience with Q-PLUS, Mike said:

“Q-PLUS was very responsive. Within 15 minutes, I received a return call. Throughout the process, they were very engaged and had good follow-through every step of the way. I know my request was unusual, but they were very accommodating and flexible with scheduling so I could bring the butter dish to the lab myself.”

Now that the butter dish replication problem is solved, Mike's biggest worry is that he will be the next award-winner!

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Topics: reverse engineering, 3D Scanning, case studies, 3d printing

Four Reasons Why Engineers Benefit from Learning More About Metrology

Posted by Mike Knicker on Jun 11, 2013 12:55:00 PM

learning metrologyIn order to obtain an engineering degree, you must learn certain concepts and skills in school. However, developing an engineering career means your education continues on the job. One field not typically taught extensively in engineering school is metrology, but for any engineer entering the field of manufacturing, understanding metrology is essential. 

In the simplest terms, metrology is the science of measurement. In practical terms, when it comes to manufacturing, engineers have a vested interest in knowing the fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, commonly referred to as GD&T. Engineering drawings and 3D CAD models use GD&T to communicate engineering dimensions and tolerances to manufacturing and quality staff. If the engineer doesn't know how to effectively communicate in the language of GD&T, the finished product will likely not meet the desired outcome.

Why Understanding Metrology Is Important

The purpose of engineering design is to convey information in a way that makes it as easy as possible for the manufacturing team to create the desired parts and assemblies. A good engineering drawing will consider:
  • The design intent
  • The people and processes involved in manufacturing
  • The inspection and verification process

The consequences of not understanding the fundamentals of GD&T can be dire:

  • Disruption of manufacturing schedules
  • Damaged reputations because of the inability to fulfill requirements
  • Inability to meet budgets

Because metrology is so important in the manufacturing industry, there are several benefits for young engineers to learn it sooner rather than later:

  1. Quality - Good engineering drawings result in parts that match the design intent.

  2. Budget - Getting a drawing right the first time saves money.

  3. Time - When dimensions and tolerances are stated clearly and thoroughly, manufacturers do not need to take the time to ask questions or get clarification.

  4. Customer satisfaction - Producing the correct results in a timely manner keeps customers happy.

So how does a engineer learn more about GD&T if it's not commonly part of the standard curriculum? The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) offers the Y14.5 - 2009 Dimensioning and Tolerancing specification. This set of guidelines describes the language of GD&T and establishes uniform practices for communicating the requirements on engineering drawings. Additional resources include training programs and traveling seminars.

Q-PLUS Labs offers both training and consulting services to help ensure that your manufacturing process goes as smoothly as possible. Our training programs are designed for small groups across multiple disciplines so that engineers, manufacturing staff, and other key players can learn how to most effectively communicate in the language of GD&T. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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Top 3 Scenarios NOT to Use 3D Scanning

Posted by Mike Knicker on Mar 5, 2013 8:59:00 AM

dimensional measurement3D scanning can be used for a broad range of applications. For example, you might want to create a replica of an artifact or inspect a sand casting to a 3D CAD model. However, not all dimensional measurement applications warrant the use of 3D scanning. In some cases, a different or simpler approach might be appropriate.

So how do you know when not to use 3D scanning? If any of these three applications are similar to yours, you might want to re-evaluate your approach:
  1. You only need to measure one dimension - The whole point of using 3D scanners is to measure objects in three dimensions. If you only need to know the length or width of an object, a simpler (and less expensive) measurement system or gage may suffice.
  2. You need an extraordinarily high level of precision - certain high-end 3D scanners have the ability to produce very precise results, but some applications call for an immensely high degree of accuracy and precision. If you are measuring the profile of a ground cam or a high-speed gear, a non-contact 3D scanner will not likely be a viable solution.
  3. Your object has interior surfaces that cannot be seen - If you can't see a given surface, an optical 3D scanner can't see it either. In these cases, a contact probe can often reach the geometry of interest such as a bore hole or other interior surfaces. In other cases, however, sectioning or slicing of the object may be required. CT scanning is also a possible solution however this method has several limitations of its own.
Fortunately, 3D scanners are just one of many tools in the dimensional measurement toolbox. Other types of measuring devices you can use include:
  • Direct computer control coordinate measuring machine (DCC-CMM)
  • Optical video probes and comparators
  • Contour and form testers
  • Reverse Rapid Prototyping system (CGI)

This short list represents just a few of the options that might be useful for your dimensional measurement applications. The best way to determine what type of equipment best matches your needs is to work with a qualified dimensional measurement service provider that has the experience and expertise to help you decide.

Q-PLUS Labs provides 3D scanning and a range of other dimensional measurement and inspection services, so no matter what measurement problem you are trying to solve, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

What projects are you considering for 3D scanning? Might another measurement method provide the results you need?

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Topics: dimensional measurement, dimensional inspection, reverse engineering, 3D Scanning