3D Scanning and Metrology
Skyward utilizes a variety of state-of-the-art 3D scan technologies (i.e. short/long range, portable handheld, blue light, white light, laser, etc.) and in-house expertise to acquire high resolution/high fidelity scan data of a wide range of physical objects, varying in both size and complexity.
Examples of 3D scanning technologies employed by Skyward include:
- Large Scale: Surphaser (100HSX model) - buildings, aircraft, ships, etc.
- Medium Scale: Artec 3D Eva; Artec Spider - people, automobiles, large mechanical components, etc.
- Small Scale/High Precision: Breuckmann SmartScan/StereoSCAN - small electronic and mechanical components, jewelry, etc.
Full Dimensional Component Inspection:
- Compare scanned components against manufactured parts to determine dimensional tolerances
- Develop full dimensional color maps showing areas of non-compliance with tolerance specifications
- Compare pre/post-event scans of components (e.g., tests, wear from usage, etc.) to determine differences
Applications/Industries of 3D scanning include:
- Prototype or non-destructive parts inspection
- 1st article inspection
- Reverse engineering of obsolete parts
- Aging aircraft, automotive historical restoration, etc.
- Die/Mold inspection
- Military/Commercial Automotive, Aerospace, Naval/Marine
- Energy (Oil/Gas, DoE, Wind, etc.)
- Consumer Products/Household Applications
- Engineering Design and Materials Analysis
- Gaming, animation, videography/cinematography, rendering, etc
3D Scanning Workflow:
Multiple scans are captured of an object or surface with extra emphasis on complex or complicated areas. The scans are aligned and registered to create a single 3D point cloud. Fusing scans together produces a triangulated mesh, which can be edited and optimized for a variety of post-process applications, including full dimensional inspection and CAD geometry creation. Finished scans can then be exported for rapid prototype 3D printing using emerging additive manufacturing technologies.