Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2
3D Scanning is “really cool” (we do hear that a bit and we’re a bit bias) but it’s not much use paying for the data if you can’t use it. After all it’s got to save time and money and give you the competitive edge! So what happens after we 3D Scan your object, part, or mate!
What formats can you export into?
Cad models can be exported in a variety of file types such as STL, STEP, IGES that directly import into industry standard cad packages for engineering, such as Solidworks, Pro Engineer, Inventor, Revit, Catia and Rhino – animating packages such as Maya, Zbrush or manufacturing packages such as MasterCam and Powermill for CNC Machining. Files can also be imported into any 3D Printer for prototypes and product testing, mini-me’s or architectural models. Inspection Reports are exported as pdf’s for analysis.
Many industry professional including Artists, Architects, Archaeologists, Dentists, Engineers, Heritage Consultants, Jewellers, Managers, Manufacturers, Sculptors, Industrial Designers, Museums. SFX, VFX, Art, Costume and Animation departments can also use our files.
Remember though, whilst the file format is important it’s all about WHY you want to 3D scan in the first place.
It’s all in the details.
Do you need a digital record of an existing object (there are no cad drawings) or you need to import the data into cad to make changes to an object, or to analyse a new object to ensure it has been manufactured to the original design – or is it simply for 3D Printing.
If you’re not sure what file type you need please ask our team of engineers who will be more than happy to help.