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3D scanning permits you to create a digital model from a physical object. The process is appealing because it can be difficult to create computer models of complex shapes. Recreating an existing part from scratch, even with a computer, is like copying a printed page by retyping it, although 3D scanners are not nearly as straightforward as a photocopy machine, the intent is the same.
Faro Laser ScanArm, courtesy of Faro Technologies
You can render and print a digitized model to communicate shape information, extract dimensions from it to show size information, and use the 3D database to manufacture a replica using additive manufacturing or CNC machining. You can also include the 3D model in a video clip as a learning tool or assembly aid.
For information on 3D scanning and reverse engineering, see Wohlers Report 2021, an annual worldwide progress report on the additive manufacturing and 3D printing state of the industry.
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