Laser Scanning & Digital Twins
3D Laser Part Scanning is a non-contact, nondestructive technology that digitally captures the shape of physical objects using a line of laser light. Point clouds are then created by data obtained from the laser surface scan of an object, which allows the capture of a physical object’s exact size and shape into the computer world as a digital 3-dimensional representation. 3D scanning technology also makes it easier to generate feature-created models and accurately dimensioned 2D CAD designs. This differentiates the process from built as-modeling, where a CAD operator purposely drafts a model to reflect any defects of the part that is under study.
Reverse engineering, also called back engineering, is the process of constructing a CAD model from the original creator’s thought process following detailed examination of its construction or composition through scans of the part itself. When coupled with 3D scanning, reverse engineering shows whether a part is balanced, whether a ‘flat’ face is perfectly flat or a ’round’ hole is flawlessly round, and whether the resulting model matches up seamlessly with any related models.
What can you do with a Reverse Engineering model?
With the creation of the high-quality models from the reverse engineering process, the models can be used in many ways:
- Machining and molding
- 3D printing changes to the design
- Animations and 3D graphics
- Comparison to other parts and scans
- Designs to help create mating parts or packaging
- 2D drawings that can be sent out of the country for manufacturing instead of sending the part
“PMI has been instrumental in implementing 3d within our company…They made it possible for us to …jump ahead with our customers – ahead of all of our competitors.”
– Major Material Handling Company, Projects Engineering Manager
“It is this kind of support that our company needed to help make this project a success and that will keep us coming back to PMC in the future.”
– Major Appliance Manufacturer, Director of Operations
“By constructing a graphic model, we were able to visualize patient traffic, and determine several operational conditions.”
– Global EPCM firm,Business Leader, Health Care Studio
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PMI has a vast experience in 2D to 3D Conversion in the process of transforming 2D product, factory, or building designs from a 2-dimensional drawing to a 3-dimensional model.
Product Reverse Engineering
Reverse engineering, also called back engineering, is the reproduction of a physical product following detailed examination of its construction or composition through scans of the part itself.