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3D Scanning Services

Professional Outsourced 3D Scanning and 3D Data Generation Services

In any modern engineering company, data is one of the most important assets. When it comes to 3D CAD files and 3D scanning, it’s the 3D data that’s paramount. 3D data can be anything from your CAD files to the shapes used in a model, and every pixel that goes into a CAD file.

Knowing the height, width, and length of a part is just the first step — you’ll also need to include material properties, textures, tolerances, and visual data if you want a cohesive set of 3D data.

For many engineering departments, this is a lot of work to take on. This is why so many people choose our services at CAD/CAM Services. We offer a wide range of 3D scanning services, and we’ll ensure you get as much 3D data as possible.

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 Scanning and 3D Data Generation Services? 

Our 3D scanning services involve using high-tech 3D scanners to capture point data from a physical part. These scanners use light, laser, or sound waves to reflect off a part, and then the reflection is collected and stored. Each reflection converts into a series of points in 3D space, and enough of these points come together to make a “point cloud” — it looks like a dense cloud of a million little dots.

Our specialists can convert a point cloud into a final 3D CAD model in a fraction of the time, and we can add additional 3D data. For instance, we can quickly associate material properties and even texture data to ensure the 3D CAD file has as much data as possible.

This can be useful for you in the future, for a number of reasons. First off, it helps any company that wants to make a digital visualization of your parts. With the right 3D data, we can create digital copies of your parts that look like a photograph was taken — but we do it all on the computer without ever touching a camera.

In addition, 3D data can really help you with future manufacturing. Understanding your precise dimensions and tolerance allowances will ensure that every assembly goes together correctly the first time.

Why 3D Scanning and 3D Data Generation Services Matters

Picking the wrong company for your 3D scanning and 3D data generation project can waste a ton of your time and money. With an underpowered 3D scanner, untrained staff, or lack of knowledge about 3D data, you can be left scrambling at the last minute. We never want you to go through this headache, so we make sure we have the best 3D scanners that money can buy, and keep our staff trained with up-to-date best practices for 3D scanning.

We know a ton about what 3D data is useful for your project, and we can customize the data that we include in each of your 3D-scanned parts.

With our help, you can save time and money throughout every reverse-engineering project. Allow our team to take the stress and headaches out of making replacement OEM parts, stocking up your inventory, or innovating your legacy designs.

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

When you choose CAD/CAM Services for your next 3D scanning and 3D data generation project, you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits:

  • Faster turnaround times. The biggest selling point of our services is the fact that we work so quickly without sacrificing the quality of each 3D CAD file. With over 100 engineers working around the clock, we can make progress on a project three times faster than a standard single-shift operation can.
  • Better results. Our experience, technology, and 3D scanners allow us to offer better results. With accuracies as low as 0.0009”, we can guarantee that every 3D scan will be as close to “perfect” as we can get.
  • More data in each file. Our team additionally adds a lot of 3D data into every 3D-scanned part. We want to make sure your files are as useful as possible, so this is the least we can do.
  • Improved manufacturability, as needed. After 3D-scanning a part, our team can go through and make updates using Design for Manufacturing (DfM) best practices. This can save you even more time and money in the machine shop during your next production run.
  • Better affordability. At the end of the day, our services will save you a lot of money — especially if you compare the final cost to your in-house efforts. Trying to get a good 3D scanner, teach your team, and go through the learning curve can waste a lot of valuable time and money.

What Goes into 3D Scanning and 3D Data Generation Services from CAD/CAM Services?

Our 3D scanning and 3D data generation services are designed to meet your needs. This customizable service revolves around you: it starts with a simple consultation. During this chat, simply tell us what you’re looking for and what parts you’d like to digitize. From there, we’ll explain how CAD/CAM Services can help. If we can’t help, we’ll be the first ones to say it, so you don’t have to worry about getting tricked into signing a contract with a team that isn’t capable.

Once we align on the scope of the project, our team will visit your site with all of our 3D scanning equipment and sensors. We’ll take detailed scans, generate a point cloud, convert that into a high-quality CAD file, and then add all of the 3D data that is needed.

Our services can take a fraction of the time that it would otherwise take you to reverse engineer a part. We run like a well-oiled machine, and we have put decades of practice and optimization into our workflows to make this possible.

Every file will get sent to you digitally, so there’s a robust trail of all the work we did for you. You have full ownership over every file, photo, and document we put together for your project. This gives you the freedom to make, change, and upgrade any CAD file we make for you, with no exceptions.

Our 3D Scanning and 3D Data Generation 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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Our 3D scanning and 3D data generation services are incredibly popular, and we’ve worked with some of the largest companies in the world. We know what it takes to generate high-quality digital 3D CAD files, and we can help with your biggest and most complicated project. We’ve successfully 3D scanned a F-35 fighter jet, and over a million parts for Amazon alone — needless to say, CAD/CAM Services can help you with any of your CAD needs.

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FAQ's

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.

3D Modeling FAQs
How do you bill 3D CAD services tasks?

Per hour. Hourly rate depends on what CAD software used and typically starts at $75 per hour.  In general, to make this process safer for you, we often provide you a fixed not to exceed the cost as well.  That way, you are protected from an open-ended PO. However, the reality is our fees are based on time. In addition, services in say Catia or NX are more expensive than say Solidworks. Or, simulation services are commonly done by real engineers.

What do you need to give me accurate pricing?

First of all, we need to know the target CAD system and whether you have an existing  template, or set of CAD standards for this project.

The main question is the overall complexity. As each part and assembly consists of different features and elements the best way is to provide us with an example.  Again, a picture is worth a thousand words.

If you already have a model and need us to improve it or update it in any way we need to know which dimensions and features are critical and which can be modified to achieve your desired result.  Even a before and after example works very well. We started with x, and got to this CAD file.

We can also offer you better options if you provide us with the purpose of your project (demonstration, 3D printing, FEA Simulation, CNC manufacturing, etc.).  This helps us better refine the task.

How do you check your models?

We create 2D drawings from our 3D models for QC purposes. We follow aerospace standards and deliver ±.005” accuracy models for all projects.  All of our QC is done by a different person than the designer. On Catia work, we often use Q-Checker for Airbus.

What is the minimum price for your 3D modeling services?

We have a minimum order fee $150.

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.