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3D Scanning

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Every year, we meet many people who think what we do is interesting, but aren't quite sure how our 3D scanning technologies can help them. We're sure that if you clicked on the link to read this article, you might be one of those people. Don’t worry, Direct Dimensions is here to help -- our easy to follow primer on 3D scanning will help you discover the ways our cutting-edge technologies can help you and/or your company.


Almost Everything You Always Wanted to Know About 3D Scanning* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) will cover the following topics in continuing installments in our monthly newsletter and also on our website. The topics with chapters indicated are completed and posted, the rest will follow so sign-up for our monthly newsletters for new chapters and check back on our website:

Chapter 1 : The Basics of 3D Scanning and Digital Modeling
Chapter 2 : Different Methods for Data Collection
Chapter 3 : Digital Modeling - Converting Raw Point Clouds into CAD Formats
Chapter 4 : Reverse Engineering - Design-Intent CAD Models
Chapter 5 : Inspection / Analysis - Comparison to CAD
Chapter 6 : Downstream Applications for 3D Data
Chapter 7 : Digital Model Formats - The Many Flavors of 3D CAD
Chapter 8 : Using 3D Data for Visualization
Chapter 9 : Rapid Prototyping - Making Physical Objects from Scan Data.
Chapter 10 : The Future - Desktop Scanning and Manufacturing.


A Hybrid model is a polygonal model that uses rapid surfacing and traditional solid modeling techniques. Used when basic geometric features merge with complex contours..


A Solid model is a CAD model that is defined by the volume of an object, not by its surfaces.

A Surface model is a CAD model of an object that is defined by its bounding surfaces.

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