In it’s simplest terms 3D scanning is capturing a real life object and turning it into a digital model.
Thinglab’s team of 3D scanning experts, equipped with industry leading hardware and software, have been offering high quality reverse engineering and 3D scanning services with rapid turnaround times. We can provide services for a wide range of industries including; engineering, museums, industrial design, arts, architecture, game creation, marketing & advertising, film and many more.
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To receive a quote or discuss the best solution for your requirements please click the contact us button.
It is important to include images of your proposed scan subject(s) as well as any specific requirements including file formats, and the end use application of the data. If possible, please also state your deadline.
Flexibility to suit your needs
We understand the need to be flexible when it comes to scanning your items. We can scan anything from as small as a coin to as large as a car. Which is why we offer on-site 3D scanning services or the option for you to ship your object to our Melbourne studio for our team to scan in-house.
Our digital models can be used in all major 3D modelling and CAD software including; SolidWorks, Inventor, CATIA, Creo, Geomagic Design, Inspire, Evolve, Rhino, MODO, 3DS Max, Maya, Z Brush, Mudbox and many others.
Scanning for output in all major mesh formats such as STL, OBJ, PLY with or without texture map (colour).
We can also provide scan data in solid or surface formats for use in solid modelling and CAD applications such as STP (STEP), IGES, Parasolid. For some objects we can also provide native SolidWorks files with feature tree.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 3D scanning?
3D scanning is a method of digitising physical objects to create 3-dimensional computational geometry (CAD). There are various scanning technologies used to achieve this, the main two being white light and laser.
What are its applications?
Industries such as game creation, reverse engineering, heritage, the arts, industrial design, architectural survey and film are all benefiting from the advantages of 3D scanning.
Are there any limitations?
3D scanners can capture almost anything you put in front of them large or small; however there are some limitations including, occluded areas, very shiny and very dark objects. There are normally workarounds for these. Please contact us if you require any further information.
How long does scanning take?
We specialise in some of the fastest 3D scanners on the market. Each object is different and requires different amounts of post-processing work, however typically models are created in hours or days, rather than weeks.
What’s the next step?
To receive a quote or discuss the best solution for your requirements please contact us, ensuring you include images of your proposed scan subject(s). Please include any specific requirements including file formats, and the end use application of the data. If possible, please also state your deadline.