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3D Scanning Services

3D Scanning and Collecting 3D Data

Advanced 3D modeling can be made much better with 3D scanning and additional 3D data. Reverse engineering projects can be completed in hours, not days — but that’s only possible with 3D scanning.

At CAD/CAM Services, our 3D scanning and collecting 3D data services are a very popular way to digitize your inventory of products. With our help, you can create impressive 3D CAD models for every item you sell.

3D scanning is great for reverse-engineering, updating old parts, or iterating on existing designs. It requires very little time in CAD, but results in the same high-quality 3D CAD files. The difference boils down to the equipment we use. By opting for high-power 3D scanners, we don’t need to make CAD files from scratch, we can simply convert physical objects into 3D CAD space with these scanners.

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 Is 3D Scanning and Collecting 3D Data? 

3D scanning is a high-tech way to digitize your parts, and it’s a form of reverse engineering. It involves using a 3D scanner, which is a tool that shoots lasers, light, or soundwaves towards a part, and then records the reflection. All of these reflections become tiny points in 3D space, which generate a point cloud of your part.

A well-trained 3D scanning pro can take a point cloud and convert it into a professional-grade 3D CAD model, which is what we do at CAD/CAM Services.

Collecting the 3D data of your existing parts can only be done through 3D scanning.

Why 3D Scanning and Collecting 3D Data Matters

Picking the wrong 3D scanning company can waste a lot of your time and money. Certain outsourced 3D scanning companies will overcharge you and underdeliver. At CAD/CAM Services, we refuse to do that. Our pricing is always reasonable, and our main goal is to exceed your expectations.

We can collect 3D data from a wide range of parts, ranging from small brackets to entire aircraft and everything in between. We have over $2 million worth of 3D scanners in-house, and CAD/CAM Services has a large team of 3D scanning professionals.

This makes a huge difference in any project that we help with. We can complete scans faster, convert point clouds more reliably, and generate 3D CAD models with more accuracy.

Benefits of 3D Scanning and Collecting 3D Data from CAD/CAM Services

So many Fortune 500 companies choose CAD/CAM Services for all of their 3D scanning needs. When you work with us, you’ll notice a number of benefits: 

  • Faster results. Our engineers work on staggered shifts so that we can keep our doors open 24/7. The result? Faster results and more impressive turnaround times.
  • Better affordability. We refuse to overcharge for our services, so you’ll always get affordable rates.
  • We make the whole process easy. Since we have plenty of training and offer dozens of different services, we can ensure that every engineering project is easy from your perspective. Allow us to tackle as much of the project as you’d like, and you’ll be happy you outsourced to CAD/CAM Services.
  • Remove human error from your reverse engineering. With our 3D scanning and 3D data collection services, we remove a lot of human error. As a result, you’ll get better results with fewer mistakes.
  • Generate high-quality 3D CAD models. The bottom-line is that our engineers will generate high-quality 3D CAD models that you can use for manufacturing, sales material, or anything in between.

What Goes Into 3D Scanning and Collecting 3D Data from CAD/CAM Services?

Our 3D scanning and 3D data collection services revolve around your specific needs. Our services typically start with a conversation on the phone. This is your opportunity to explain what you need and it gives us a chance to explain how we can help. 

From there, our engineers will get to work. 3D scanning projects usually involve us sending engineers to your site to perform 3D scans, generate point clouds, and do the full 3D CAD conversion. 

At the end of the project, you’ll receive digital files that include all of the work we’ve done for you. We send them through DoD-trusted filesharing services to keep your data safe.

If you spot any issues, simply let us know and we’ll make quick corrections. We streamline the full process to keep things stress-free for your team.

More About 3D Scanning and Collecting 3D Data

Our 3D scanners are the best on the market, and we spared no expense. We have many 3D scanners that cost upwards of $100,000, and they provide better accuracy and precision than any other scanners. When you choose CAD/CAM Services, you can leverage our massive inventory of expensive and fancy 3D scanners. This will help you get the best results in every project.

In addition, our 3D scanning pros are highly trained and have a ton of experience. This means fewer issues when you work with our team. You get to sit back and relax while our engineers handle all of your reverse engineering needs.

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Working with us is super simple. When you choose CAD/CAM Services, you’re signing up for stress-free 3D scanning and error-free 3D data collection. Allow our team to exceed your expectations. It doesn’t matter how many parts you have, how complicated the parts are, or how aggressive your timeline is: you can trust CAD/CAM Services for all of your 3D scanning and 3D data collection needs.

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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”.

General CAD Questions
How do I send a sample, in order to get a quote?

Fill out our quote form, attach your files, or simply send us an email. Tell everything about your project, like the model purpose.

For smaller files < 15 MB you can simply email them to us.  For something larger, just drop them in any number of drop boxes like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and others.  Or if you would like, just contact us for a private, hardened link.

It is fine to use most any time of compression such as  *.zip, *.rar, *.tar, *.7z, *.arc, *.LBR, and even *.iso images.

A direct email is [email protected]

We also use a hardened OwnCloud web file sharing platform for unlimited file transfers. We provide unique and very private Web Storage Portals, this also supports file syncing for extreme convenience for you. Because so much of our work is DOD or weapons design work, Security – and confidentiality is very important to us.

Will CAD / CAM Services Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

Yes. NDAs are a common part of our business. All data is yours – not ours, and treated as proprietary data and not for public consumption or use. Probably 70% of our work is under NDA agreements. We can generally get these signed within the day.

What is the estimated delivery time?

It depends on the scope of work:

  • 2D drawings – small quantity, normally 48 hours.  We have several customers where they contract to us, keeping 4-8 drafters busy full time.
  • 3D models – complexity dependent, but smaller jobs in 2-3 days. Some models we have spent months on.  Again, we have several customers where they contract to us, keeping 6-10 3D CAD designers busy full time.

Simple jobs have a lead time of 48 hours. Larger projects are delivered and invoiced weekly.

Did you really own the trademark Cad Perfect™, Cad Perfect CAD Conversions™ and Cad / Cam Services™?

Yes, we did back in 2008. We started using Cad Perfect™ back in the early 1990s because all of our customers wanted only real Cad Perfect™ work. Back then the buzz words were terms like machine ready, or DXF Traceover and others.

The problem is, nobody wanted that. They all wanted drawings and models that they did not have to touch. Everybody wanted drawings just as if they hand redrew the work themselves.

Thus, Cad / Cam Services™ was the first company to start offering ONLY Cad Perfect™ work.

Do you support the PPD-21 Directive?

Yes we do, and have now for several years. In addition, we also support the industry specific plans as well.