3D Digital Scanners Find Ways To Improve Products

3D Digital laser set up at i3

Identification International, Inc. (i3) is an American manufacturer of forensic fingerprint-capture devices and software. Our devices are portable, rugged and certified by the FBI to the highest standards. Research, development, sales, HR, and manufacturing are all performed at our Blacksburg, Virginia, headquarters.

In 2011, i3 received a shipment of prisms that were not fitting correctly in our device’s chassis. Traditional methods used to measure the prism’s dimensional attributes failed to identify the assignable cause. We eliminated the chassis as a factor because prisms from other manufacturers fit without issue.

We had evidence that the prisms were at fault, but lacked the proper tools to identify why they did not fit correctly. Thus began the search for a new measurement tool that could enable us to accurately identify the assignable cause. We researched several 3d laser scanners ranging in price from $2995 – $50,000. 3D Digital Corp. stood out as the most attractive offering, striking a balance between accuracy, features and cost. Ultimately, we contacted 3D Digital Corp., and were forwarded to their regional VAR. Our VAR set up a demo where I could observe one of our prisms being scanned, and how the data could be imported into Geomagic Qualify. We made the decision to purchase a 3D Digital scanner package, coupled with Geomagic Qualify analysis software during the first quarter of 2012.

During the implementation phase of the 3D Digital scanner, we experienced issues with the 3D Digital VAR being unable to deliver contractual obligations. After several weeks struggling to obtain useful scan data I contacted 3D Digital and explained the issues that we were experiencing with the scanner and VAR. Satish Mysore contacted me directly, and asked very detailed questions regarding the issues that I was having with the scan data, as well as the issues that we were experiencing with the VAR. Satish worked with me directly, to resolve the issues that I was having, enabling me to obtain accurate, useful data.

Ultimately, through the implementation of the 3D Digital scanner, we found that the prisms were slightly twisted, and that this twist prevented their correct fitment. Through the use of 3d point cloud data obtained by the 3D Digital scanner, input into Geomagic Qualify software, we demonstrated to the prism manufacturer why the prisms did not fit correctly. The data enabled the manufacturer to focus on their process, eliminating the issue for future shipments.

I now use the 3D Digital scanner to audit all prisms, before they enter production. I also use the 3D Digital scanner to troubleshoot parts, and scan parts that may need to be reproduced on our 3d printer.

3D Digital laser set up at i3


Christopher R. Robinson
Director of Operations

3D Scanners in Architecture


Technology has changed and improved almost every life in considerable ways, and some types of technology are so innovative and advanced that it can boggle the mind. Three-dimensional scanning devices are now becoming more commonly used in a range of professional settings with incredible results. These are highly advanced pieces of equipment that can create a detailed, three-dimensional rendering of an object by using laser light sensory features, mirrors and highly sophisticated software programs. While these may be more commonly used in professional settings for industries like automotive, aerospace, engineering and medical industries, the fact is that 3D scanners in architecture are highly beneficial in certain situations. When you learn more about how 3D scanners for architecture are used, you may determine that this type of technology can benefit you.


Architectural Restorations

In cities and towns around the world, there is a desire to preserve structures that have a historical significance. However, as buildings age, they may become dangerous for visitors to tour or for others to spend time in. These buildings generally must have significant restoration and preservation efforts completed. With 3D scanners in architecture, the exact details of a building can be reproduced virtually. This can ensure that no important details are left off of a finished project, and it can help to ensure the integrity of a restoration project. These renderings and models can even be completed in full color for improved results.


Virtual Models and Replicas

While 3D scanners can be used to create fully-detailed renderings of buildings, they can also be used to make models and replicas of smaller features inside a building. For example, some buildings have impressive detailing or statues, and another party may wish to replicate those pieces on a new structure. In some cases, these pieces may need to be relocated, and a replica of the intact pieces must be made to ensure that they are reconstructed in a new location properly. There are many applications for virtual models and replicas in an architectural setting, and these generally can be used to either create exact replicas or to ensure the integrity of existing pieces.


Scale-Up or Scale-Down Models

In some cases, 3D scanners in architecture can be used to create a scaled-up or scaled-down version of a specific piece. This may be used in museums, in construction when artifacts have been discovered at the construction site or when replica buildings of famous structures are being constructed elsewhere. The advanced 3D scaling equipment can scale virtual models down or up as desired so that new renderings are available to you.

While three-dimensional scanners have many applications in a wide range of industries, they can be used with great results in architectural settings. These machines must be used with great care and skill in order to create picture-perfect renderings with precision. Therefore, if you have a need for 3D scanners for architecture or for other uses in a wide range of industries, you should contact a 3D scanning company for assistance with your needs.

3D Scanners and Manufacturing


The technology behind 3D Scanners is amazing. The device measures the physical being using lasers and quickly generates point clouds used to show the image on a computer screen. The most mind blowing fact about this process is that the device captures the geometric image of an object through thousands of measurements in little time […]

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