Uses for 3D Data

3D Data has many uses in our digital world and 3D models provide much more information than 2D drawings. Here is a list of some of the applications that 3D data can improve:

  • Documentation/Archival
  • Re-Engineering/Design
  • Inspection/Analysis
  • Replication/Reproduction
  • Visualization/Animation
  • Various Industry-specific Applications
  • Documentation/Archival

Once we’ve scanned your object and provided you with the 3D model, you have the original “real” object and you have the backup virtual model. There are many industries that are moving toward 3D data archival for parts, products, and designs. Here is a list:

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Design
  • Architecture
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum
  • Fine Art
  • Manufacturing
  • Architecture/Construction

Read “How to Convert One Thousand 3D CAD Files Daily” to see how one online retailer makes use of their 150,000 – 3D model files.

The CAD / CAM services team has worked with many clients to scan and convert many different objects to create 3D digital documentation and archives, both online and private. Most of our clients have sited one of these reasons for maintaining a digital archive:

  • Protection from accidental part loss
  • A permanent “virtual” blueprint that won’t deteriorate
  • Faster new design when starting from a base
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Inspection/Analysis
  • Replication/Reproduction
  • Visualization/Animation
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Rendering
  • Video
  • BIM

As 3D technologies advance, more uses will develop for 3D models.

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