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The Future Of 3D Scanning

3D scanning is a very impressive way of analyzing real-world environments and objects in order to collect data as to their physical appearance and integrity. For example: Size, color, etc. The data which is collected can be used in many forms as it is converted into a digital image which can be viewed at from many angles, and it can even be edited. They mainly use it to construct some digital 3D models of the object, which can further be used in many industries.

It is based on many different kinds of technology and indeed has a couple of advantages, limitations and costs as well. Optical technology usually has an issue with objects that are very reflective of light and even transparent objects as well, so the machine can have problems in these areas. The properly collected data can be extensively used in the entertainment industry, which in turn uses it for the production of TV shows and movies. Even video games have majorly profited from this technology. This would include virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Some fields that also benefit from this tech are architecture, medicine, engineering, art, etc.


The quality control team of a company can only be as good as the tools that they are given to work with. Handheld 3D scanning technology has become a very essential part of the control of quality within an industrial setting. There are a few companies that offer 3d scanning services for various sectors. The 3d scanning machines have the abilities to capture the geometry and complete structure of a physical object and transform the same into digital data that can be analyzed. Some automated 3D scanning technologies are now using robotic arms and have immense potential in the field of quality control. Since it has an amazing capture rate, the technology is incredibly suited for quality control checks on conveyor belts. Some solutions that are automated (without the interference of humans) will typically offer a programmed method of operation which is effective for some scanning of objects which are indeed very large. A user can come in once in awhile and “teach” the machine if there are any changes that have to be implemented.

Imagine adding artificial intelligence (AI) to the process of scanning. The 3D scanning industry is one of the most easily employable areas of control of quality. Knowing that a machine with AI can do the same amount of work, even more, when compared to a human makes it so that the machine would be more efficient as machines do not need to rest. Adding AI to 3D scanning machines adds some immense potential to the industry as it makes sure that the work happens lightning fast. One more amazing feature of AI-based 3D scanning is that it can be used to inspect planes for dents. This technology can detect some issues that cannot be caught by the human eye.


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