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3D Scanning Services

Professional Outsourced 3D Scanning for Visualization Services

Creating a 3D CAD model via a 3D scanner is just the first step in generating breathtaking visualizations of your parts. With the help of CAD/CAM Services, you can transform any physical part into a series of 3D animations and interactive web-based models in a matter of days. 

Our team expedites the full reverse engineering process, in addition to adding stunning visuals and realistic visualizations. We are one of the few US-based outsourced engineering companies that can offer this service, and we take a lot of pride in our work.

With our help, you can convert your entire catalog of parts into a collection of digital visualizations. These images can go directly on your site, or they can be used as sales material. Either way, the visuals will show how your parts look in real life, without the need to hire a professional camera crew and set up your physical parts.

Since everything is done digitally, we can emulate dozens of different environments, showing the full scope of your products’ capabilities.

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 for Visualization Services? 

Our 3D scanning for visualization services are broken down into a few specific categories. In general, these services involve our engineers creating high-quality, realistic images of your 3D CAD models. If you want to visualize what your new plastics grinding machine will look like, our team can create a 3D CAD model, and then generate a rendering of the new machine on the floor of a warehouse.

The final result really looks like a picture of a product, but it’s all done digitally on our computers.

Our visualization services include animations, renderings, and web-based 3D renderings:

Animations. We create a 3D movie using our 3D CAD files. Animations can show components assembling together, the workflow of an entire operation, or a deep dive into each component within the assembly. These animations can get really sophisticated, and we have a department that spends every hour of the day just making high-quality animations for companies across every major industry.

Renderings. Renderings are the most common form of visualization that most outsourced 3D scanning companies offer. A rendering is a 2D image that comes directly from our CAD file. Since these files are 3D-scanned, it’s a lot quicker to make a rendering. We can change the background, update textures on the part, and include any number of unique orientations and additional parts.

Web-based 3D renderings. Web-based 3D renderings, or Direct 3Dviews, can go directly on your website. These are interactive 3D models that the user can scroll around, zoom in on, and move around. This is great for companies that want to give their customers a closer look at a product before they purchase it. 

Why 3D Scanning for Visualization Services Matters

Our 3D scanning for visualization services can bring your sales catalog to the next level. However, not all outsourced 3D scanning companies are the same. Other companies don’t have the expertise or equipment to offer high-quality visualizations, but CAD/CAM Services does.

We have a staff of over 100 engineers and draftsmen, and many visualization experts. The result? Higher-quality visualizations, renderings, and animations at lower costs. Plus, our turnaround times are always impressive.

When you choose us, you can leverage our massive inventory of 3D scanners, with accuracies as low as 0.0009”.

If you choose the wrong company, you can waste a lot of time and money. You’ll be left with digital renderings that aren’t up to par.

Benefits of 3D Scanning for Visualization Services from CAD/CAM Services

Choosing CAD/CAM Services comes with a lot of major benefits. It’s why so many Fortune 500 companies keep coming back for our visualization services. There are plenty of benefits that you’ll notice, too:

  • Faster turnaround times. With our experienced staff and impressive 3D scanners, we can offer faster turnaround times than you would get with your in-house engineers handling the reverse engineering.
  • A better final result. Our 3D scanning for visualization services speak for themselves — it’s the reason why Amazon chose us to handle the visualization of over 1,000,000 products on their site.
  • A proven track record. We’ve worked with massive companies and small shops over the past decades, and we have a lot of success that we can tell you about over the phone. 
  • Affordability you’ll appreciate. With our 3D scanning services, you’ll save a lot of money on each project. We cut out a lot of the manhours and engineering effort that used to go into reverse engineering and creating 3D visuals.
  • Access to cutting-edge 3D scanners. Our 3D scanners are incredibly impressive, and we can handle a wide range of really difficult projects. Some companies work with us just to leverage these scanners.

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

The whole 3D scanning for visualization process depends on what products you want to digitize, and what type of visuals you’re looking for. However, all of our projects start with a consultation between us and you. During this call, you can tell us exactly what you’re looking for, what you have, and what your timeline is.

From there, we’ll be able to explain exactly how CAD/CAM Services can help. Once we agree on the scope of the project, our engineers will get to work. We’ll start by taking high-quality 3D scans of your parts. Next, we’ll convert the generated point cloud into a usable 3D CAD file.

After that, our engineers will work to start creating visuals, animations, renderings, and much more. Once the work is done, we put everything through an internal peer review and quality checks.

All of the final digital files will be sent directly to you using a DoD-trusted filesharing app. If you spot anything you don’t like, just let us know and we’ll correct it and send back the updated file. 

Our 3D Scanning for Visualization 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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With our great team dedicated to your project, you’ll get better visuals in a fraction of the time. We can make some incredibly realistic images with just a couple of 3D CAD files, and we know the results will blow you away. With over 100 engineers and drafters on staff, we can handle your biggest and most complicated projects.

Trust CAD/CAM Services for your upcoming 3D scanning and visualization project. We can handle all 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.