Maximising the Full Functionality of 3D Scanners

3D Scanners

3D scanners are powerful pieces of equipment for a diverse array of industries, which is why they are present in many shops and facilities all over Australia. If you have just bought one and you want to make sure that you get the most out of it, the primary consideration that you have to think about is getting the best possible raw scans from it. This is because a good quality scan at the beginning will result in a good quality post-processed product. And for that to happen, remember these tips.

Prepare the scanning area well

Handheld 3d Scanner

It is not necessary to have a full scanning setup if you don’t think that you will need it for most of your operation, but setting aside the right space for scanning will do a lot of good towards scanned results. For starters, position the scanner and the object you are scanning on a level area that is free from vibration; if you’re putting your object on a table, make sure that it is in a good position in relation to the scanner for accurate captures.

Lighting is also important. For most cases, low light levels are ideal; but don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the best setup. Similarly, remember that 3d scanners function much by way of light reflection, so if the object features any parts that are coloured black, apply a little dusting of talcum powder on them so they will show up in the scan.


Calibrate the scanner properly

Calibration is responsible for the way the scanner records the position, distance, and rotation of the object; good calibration results in good quality scans. Proper calibration should be done when the scanner is installed for the first time, and again if its head or turntable has been moved. The scanner should also be recalibrated if the results of your scans are of poor quality.


Seek professional assistance, if necessary

Whenever it is possible, ask for professional guidance in setting up your scanner for its full functionality. Experts such as Objective 3D Direct Manufacturing can shed the necessary light that is necessary in making full use of your scanner. Your supplier, for instance, should be a good go-to resource in helping you install and calibrate it according to the right specifications. And if you have any questions about its operation, make sure that your vendor can guide you towards the right answers; similarly, if you have any cause for concern or worry, let your supplier know.