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3D Scanning Services

Professional Outsourced 3D Laser Scanning Services

business at CAD/CAM Services. Our 3D scanners can reverse-engineer a part in a matter of minutes, instead of days. It feels so futuristic whenever we use our 3D laser scanners, and it continues to impress our customers.

Need a digital mockup of your new products? What about engineering simulations to test the strength of your parts? Maybe you need as-builts or engineering drawings of parts that you don’t remember where they came from. No matter what your reasoning is, you can save big when you choose professional outsourced 3D laser scanning services from CAD/CAM Services. 

We have an inventory filled with expensive 3D laser scanners that can create point clouds and 3D CAD models from small parts to entire buildings and everything in between. These scanners shoot small lasers or light beams towards a part, then record the reflections. Through some serious computing and real-time math, these scanners can start generating millions of tiny points in space, called a “point cloud”.

Our experts can take these point clouds and generate perfect images of the scanned part. For instance, we can scan a F-35 fighter jet with a handheld scanner, and turn it into a full, finished 3D CAD model in a matter of hours or days. In fact, we did that exact project for the US Air Force, so we know a thing or two about 3D scanning.

Our professional-grade 3D scanning services at CAD/CAM Services are among our most popular offerings. We have a lot of (very expensive) 3D scanners at our disposal. These scanners are expensive to own, and that makes them unviable for everyday engineering departments to have. Instead, you can leverage our equipment, experience, and staff to do all of the 3D scanning that your team requires.

3D scanning is very popular when it comes to reverse engineering any existing part. Our team can create a full 3D CAD model from a scanned point cloud in a fraction of the time it would take any team to physically measure and model the part.

In short, our 3D scanning services are here to save you time and money on every reverse engineering, modeling, and/or part digitization projects. If you have a physical part that you need a CAD model of, consider our outsourced 3D scanning service.

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What Are 3D Laser Scanning Services? 

3D laser scanning services involve contracting an outside engineering firm and using their 3D scanning equipment to create point clouds of your existing parts. We scan physical parts within your building (or the entire building itself, depending on what you need), and convert them into models that can be used in 3D CAD. By that, we mean that you can open these models, adjust them, make dimensional changes, run engineering simulations, and create 2D manufacturing drawings in a fraction of the time.

With 3d laser scanning services, we are aiming to save you a ton of time. The typical reverse-engineering process takes so long. You need an engineer to use calipers and tape measures to physically measure a part, write down the dimensions, and then reference those dimensions while drawing the part from scratch in CAD.

This process is incredibly slow, has a lot of room for error, and can be really boring for most engineers. Instead, our engineers can perform 3D laser scanning services and expedite the full process, achieve tolerances and accuracies that manual measurements cannot, and take all the error out of the equation.

To put it simply, 3D laser scanning is the best way to reverse engineer any part.  

Why 3D Laser Scanning Services Matters

We know that a lot of companies offer 3D laser scanning services, but you need to be careful. If you choose a team that doesn’t have a ton of experience, then you could be in trouble. Plenty of outsourced companies will use inexpensive 3D scanners to save money, and they use an untrained staff to handle the project. In the end, you’re left with unreliable scans and 3D CAD files that don’t even work.

The wrong team can cost you thousands of dollars and waste weeks or months of your time.

Instead, trust CAD/CAM Services. We performed 3D laser scanning services for some of the biggest companies in America, and we have plenty of return customers who love our 3D scanning services. We make the full process incredibly easy, and we have millions of dollars worth of 3D scanners, so we can pick the perfect scanner for each project. 

With us, you’ll save time and money, while receiving a better 3D-scanned CAD model.

Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning Services from CAD/CAM Services

We mentioned that massive companies choose us, but why? When you choose CAD/CAM Services for your next 3D laser scanning project, you’ll notice some major benefits:

  • Faster turnarounds. We have engineers that work around the clock, so we’re always available to help. With more continuous working hours, we can finish projects faster than “the other guy”.
  • Better accuracy and precision. Our equipment has accuracies as low as 0.03mm or 0.001”, which results in better precision for each scan.
  • Results that you can trust. We put a lot of pride in our 3D laser scanning services, and you’ll be able to trust the final CAD files that you receive. 
  • CAD Perfect® 3D scans. Our scans go through internal quality checks, and we use cutting-edge software to process all of our point clouds. This is our only way to offer CAD Perfect® 3D scans.
  • Leverage our experts and equipment. Plenty of people choose us strictly for our inventory of expensive and accurate 3D scanners, and our 3D scanning experts that perform each project. 

What Goes into 3D Laser Scanning Services from CAD/CAM Services?

All of our 3D laser scanning services involve some form of reverse engineering. Most of the time, customers can’t ship the part to us, so we visit their site and perform all of the work. This eliminates some of the logistics headaches, and tends to work pretty well.

In any case, our 3D laser scanning services begin with a free consultation. This is just a quick conversation between you and us, where we learn more about the project and your expectations. Ask us any questions you have, and let us explain exactly why you should choose CAD/CAM Services.

Once the contracts are signed, we’ll arrange a time to visit your building with our 3D laser scanning equipment. Our professionals will set everything up and perform all the scans. Typically, we generate the 3D CAD models in our home office, since we need some serious computing power and multiple hours of non-stop generation.

Once the model is done, we’ll go through some accuracy checks, do peer-reviews, and perform in-house quality assurance checks. If everything is perfect, then we’ll send every file to you digitally through a DoD-trusted filesharing website. We keep everything secure so you don’t need to worry about information leaks. 

Our 3D Laser Scanning Services Include: 

  • 3D Modeling Services
  • Reverse Engineering Services
  • Tool and Die Reverse Engineering
  • Point Cloud Conversion
  • 3D CAD Modeling
  • And Much More (Including Custom Services)

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Choose CAD/CAM Services if you want the best reverse engineering experience. We’ve performed countless 3D laser scanning projects over our 35+ years in business, and we’d love to help you. Allow our pros to streamline the process and make everything super simple. We’re here to do the heavy lifting so you have less to worry about. Contact us for a free quote so we can start saving you time and money today.

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3D Scanning FAQs
How much does scanning services cost?

It depends on the complexity of the scanned model and material properties. As, for example, it may be much more complicated to properly scan an object with a reflective surface, than a non-reflective surface. It also depends on three main factors:

  1. the physical size of your part
  2. the required scanning resolution
  3. if industrial CT or metallurgy scanning is needed

Simple quick cell phone photos are worth a thousand words to us. To know for sure you can request a quote. It is of course, free – and treated as if an NDA is already in place.

Some averages:

  • The typical 3D scan is somewhere around $200-400 per part.
  • Tomographic (CT) scanning is $600-900 per part.

Because so much of our business is Aerospace related, our scanning – and the completed CAD file HAS to be within ±.005” anywhere on that part, we never use consumer-grade scanners. The scanners we use start at $25,000 and go up to $700,000 (CT) per scanner.

At any given time, we have in excess of $ 5 million just in scanning hardware we use. In addition, a hidden factor of scanning on any system is the assembly and clean up of any scan. The rule of thumb is a 2-1 ratio. So even with our experienced scanning staff, if we spend one-hour scanning; we will then spend an additional two hours of clean up and assembly before our CAD group gets the Point Cloud file to simulate or reverse engineer.

What is the Point Cloud/Mesh/3D Scan?

A point cloud is thousands if not millions of data points located in space by X, Y, Z coordinates. Images of this nature are often captured with Faro Focus or Artec scanners that specialize in large-area scanning.  Most likely you obtain building and territory plans in this file format.

A polygon mesh is a set of triangles located in the same manner. These scans are obtained with Artec, Creaform, Enscan and other handheld scanners. Parts and reverse engineering device scans are usually polygon meshes.

What types of scanners do you use?
  • Faro Arm – Very good for most parts, fast and accurate
  • Turntable scanners – high accuracy, high detail, fast scanning. Great for smaller parts.
  • Portable handheld – may be favorable for some larger parts – if not a tripod-mounted scanner.
  • Long Range – these mount on a tripod, and are intended to scan buildings, plants, and other larger sized projects.
  • Industrial CT scanners – incredibly expensive, but they offer two main benefits – the ability to inside an object (think of a void in a solid object), and their accuracy.  At this level, we are often in the ±.001” – ±.002” range, and often used in metrology scanning.

Which scanner models do you use?
How accurate is 3D scanning?

The scanners we use are as accurate as the industry offers – from anybody at any cost. We use Faro and Artec 3D scanners, in addition to Faro CMM type arms, including the Surveyor tables. Depending on what scanner we use:

  • CT scanners – 4 to 400µm/voxel resolution
  • Artec Portable scanners high accuracy (0.03 – 0.05mm)
  • Artec Portable scanners high resolution (up to 0.15mm)
  • Our CyberGage 360 – generates highly precise full 360 degrees automated scan with accuracy NIST traceable to approximately 7 microns
  • The CyberGage 360 has a system repeatability of ±.005mm.
Digitizing FAQs
What is the average raster to vector (R2V) 2-D conversion price?

The typical AEC D & E size sheet is $135. There are possible discounts depending on the job size. The more you convert the less you pay.  The bulk of the files we produce are for AutoCAD.

Creating models and drawings over scanned analog documents seem so easy – why such a low price?

In order to make an accurate representation, you have to calibrate the original drawing, which may have deformed during its storage period. Non-dimensioned mediums need to be thoroughly calibrated before digitizing.

Parts of scanned data may be lost due to time and other factors. Because it is important to recreate the design intent,  we need to recreate lost data.

You ONLY receive  Cad Perfect™ files – as if you had drawn these by hand.

Do you support BIM modeling?

Using Revit, yes we do.  Think of BIM as an intelligent 3D model of your building.  We know exactly where all of the HVAC is, IT cabling, electrical, the cost of doors and windows, when mechanical systems need to be serviced, all the way to a room number with a phone number and IP in that room. In addition to our Ray Tracing technology to support some very life-like photo renderings.

What is DHS – Critical Infrastructure Products

The Department of Homeland Security protocol  PPD-21 requirement has deemed that sixteen (16) industries and services are critical to our US Nations security.

These industries  require additional security protocols when creating CAD files. CAD / CAM Services follows all of these requirements. Think of industries and info structures such as power, water, along with fourteen (14) other industries.  For a full list please see Critical Infrastructure Products.

What is a “Calibrated” Mylar image?

Mylar films can be stored in climate-controlled facilities. However, films get skewed and change sizes over time – ironically not linear. So what changes on one end, does not apply to what is in the middle, or the other end.  We have seen ‘J’ size Aerospace Mylars (about 48×180”), vary by a full inch.

CAD/CAM Services utilizes a proprietary process to make Mylar raster images dead on a 5” or 10” grid. Our process was developed in conjunction with, and approved by Boeing engineers.

Reverse Engineering FAQs
What is the average price for Reverse Engineering?

It all depends on the part’s complexity, size and structure.

What do you guys need to provide me with accurate pricing?

We need to know whether you need your parts to be scanned by us. Or many times we can work with 3D scans provided by third-party companies.  The quality of the scan is everything in our business. Anyway, we strongly advise you to use us for both the scanning and the CAD conversion aspects.  That way, we can control the quality. Sometimes we receive poor quality scans which make it impossible to create truly Cad Perfect™ models for you.  By all means, send us a couple of even cell phone photos, and the rough size of the object.  Most of the time, this will provide us enough information to provide a real bid.

The price depends on the part complexity, size, as well as the target file parametres. We need to know whether you need full parametric models, and your desired accuracy. If you tell us the purpose of reverse-engineered models, we can often provide you with possible solutions. The target CAD software may change the price as well. This includes sophisticated Workstation add-on products such as Composites, Catia electrical wiring, mold design, and others.

What is the quality of reverse-engineered parts?

We can provide ±.005” aerospace quality for every model. CT scanned parts can have even higher precision up to ±.001”.

Digital Mockup (DMU) FAQs
Can you make me a cool part catalog?

You bet we can. We created millions of files for Amazon’s online catalog, so no doubt we can help you.  Click Link 1, Link 2 or Link 3 for some live Amazon examples. Simply select any file type from the list under the photo.

We directly support, PartSolutions, GrabCAD, and several others.

What can you do to make a cool part catalog?

There are no limits to creative tasks. Contact us and we will work something out.  This includes part animation, expanded views, opening up assemblies, and full digital mock-ups.

Do you create scenarios for a video demonstration?

We can stage what you want, or propose to you with our exclusive cinematic masterpiece.