Last week, I attended the Wichita Industrial Trade Show which is held every two years in Wichita, Kansas. This show offers several hundred booths offering machine services to consulting to cleaning products found in most manufacturing shops today. We ran across one interesting company though that I wanted to share with you as I get a lot of requests for this from customers. The company is called Modern Manufacturing Technologies International and they offer 3D scanning for reverse engineering or inspection. Here is their link (http://www.mmtinternational.net/).
Basically they use light patterns shown on objects which is captured by a separate camera and then a point cloud is generated in their software. This file can then be opened into any number of point cloud surface generating software. In fact, if you own SolidWorks Premium, you can even turn on the included Scan to 3D add-in and open these point cloud files in SolidWorks! We offer several wizards to help with the clean-up of geometry and mesh prep wizards to refine the scanned data.
The process of using light patterns yields greater success when compared to traditional laser scanners especially when used on sheet metal parts with edges. This is one of their major selling points.
Since we seem to get requests for scanning parts, I thought I would pass on their contact info. Please contact them at the address above to seek more information.
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.