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Shining Spotlights on 3D Scanning

A cylinder being 3D scanned by 3D scanning

3D scanning is a process of creating a digital representation of an object in three dimensions. This method bypasses the traditional way of creating a 2D sketch that can then be used to create a 3D model. 3D scanning can be used to create 3D models that are large or complex to be created using traditional modeling methods or computer aided design (CAD).


There are two main types of 3D scanning technologies:


  • Contact scanning: This type of scanning uses a physical probe to contact the object being scanned. The probe measures the distance between the probe and the object at a series of points, and this data can be used to create a 3D model of the object.

  • Non-contact scanning: This type of scanning uses a laser or other light source to scan the object being scanned. The reflected light is used to create a 3D model of the object.


3D scanning is a powerful tool that can be used to create realistic and accurate 3D models of objects. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including visualization, product design, and engineering. Want to try a 3D scanned model? Try our online interactive tool.


To learn more, check out our latest posts about 3D content.

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