In order to quickly and accurately capture your shapes, learn how you need to correctly set up the environment you are scanning your parts in.
- Before scanning a part, you need to set up a scanner and a turntable. This involves a few critical steps up front so let's review how I got here. First, is making sure you have all appropriate software installed to run the scanner. Second, we need to plug in all of our hardware. Once everything is plugged in and running you then have to properly calibrate the scanner. A note on this, calibration needs to be done every time you change the hardware.
Not when you power up. For example, when you add or remove the color or HD attachments, then you'll be queued to recalibrate. It's not in every time thing. Next, I will go ahead and plug in the turntable and set my piece on it. Make sure the part is properly set up. That means it won't shift or slide as the table rotates the part. You may need two-sided tape or some type of fixture to hold it steady. Once the part is positioned and the scanner is calibrated you need to set up a tripod and attach the scanner.
Make sure you have the scanner aimed correctly at the part. You may also need to adjust some light levels in the room to make sure the scanner can see the part correctly. And, if necessary, place some target stickers on the part you are capturing. Now that the hardware has been set up let's set up the software and get scanning.
- Where is reverse engineering applied?
- Using standard hand tools
- Nondestructive ways to create highly accurate representations of parts
- Getting accurate measurements with calipers and micrometers
- Setting up, capturing, and cleaning up scans
- Importing and parsing the STL
- Importing CAD data as STL
- 3D printing