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3D Scanning in Exeter

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3D Scanning in Exeter

Professional metrology grade 3D scanning services in Exeter. We generate accurate data to digitise real-world objects and assemblies for inspection, analysis or reverse engineering across many industries.

Working with Formeon

Formeon offers state-of-the-art 3D scanning and reverse engineering services in Exeter. We use advanced laser scanning technology and dedicated software to capture and provide highly accurate CAD models. Our expertise covers various industries, offering bespoke solutions tailored to the unique requirements of each project, whether it's part inspection or competitor analysis. We ensure precision, efficiency, and dependability to meet your engineering needs.

Accurate & Powerful Data

3D Scan On-site

Comprehensive Inspection

Scan to CAD Geometry

3D Scanning Service

3D scanning digitises physical objects and creates precise 3D models. It's invaluable for design and reverse engineering, allowing detailed form capture and part analysis that would be unfeasible to measure by hand. 3D scanning enhances quality control when used to accurately compare parts to CAD designs ensuring manufacturing precision. We can also support in preserving cultural artefacts through non-intrusive methods of study and recreation.

Optimise Resource

We take care of the unreliable and labour-intensive practice of manually measuring or reproducing complex surface features and components.

Precise Data

3D scanning at ensures the precise capture of components and assemblies, removing the need for unreliable manual measurements.

On-location 3D Scanning

We provide the flexibility of conducting 3D scanning at your premises for oversized or delicate objects or smaller items that can be sent via courier to our studio for scanning.

Reverse Engineering Service

Engineering teams and designers use reverse engineering for its efficiency and cost-effectiveness in reproducing, designing or preserving real-world components. It generates usable CAD models, supporting development, analysis, or manufacturing processes. We excel in capturing intricate details and complex surfaces, leading to significant time and cost reductions and minimising the potential for human errors in measurements and replication.

Create CAD From Scan

An efficient way of generating CAD data for manufacturing in the absence of existing part information.

Restore Design Intent

By analysing the scanned data, we can identify and correct manufacturing defects or deviations from the original design specifications.

No Hand Measurements

Digitally capturing the features of an object removes the need for complex and often error-prone and time-consuming hand measurement.

Contact Formeon

We work in many industries and undertake many different projects. Reach out today if you need 3D scanning in Exeter or nearby and let’s discuss your project.

Sectors Formeon Serve

We get involved with many different sectors 3D scanning many different parts, artefacts or assemblies. We can 3D scan large objects such as boats and vehicles down to smaller parts like gears or key fobs.

Aftermarket & Motorsport

  • EV or bespoke vehicle conversions
  • Performance parts
  • Out-of-production parts

Power Generation

  • Gear wear analysis
  • Enclosure design
  • Spatial reference models

AR & VR

  • Special FX documentation
  • Real world digitisation
  • Augmented reality models

Industrial Manufacturing

  • Safety equipment
  • Production line components
  • Digital spare parts

Consumer Products

  • Competitor analysis
  • Prototype digitisation
  • Deformable objects

Robotics & Machinery

  • Complex linkages
  • Gears
  • Moulds and casts

Aerospace & Defence

  • Damage assessment of airframe
  • Obsolete OEM parts
  • Aerodynamic CFD & FEA

Medical & Healthcare

  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Custom mobility products
  • Compression garments

Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Digital archiving
  • Restoration 
  • Large and small statues

3D Scanning a Part

Successful on-site 3D scanning requires a blend of compliance with site-specific regulations and operations, technical adaptability, and robust client collaboration. These components collectively guarantee that the scanning procedure is efficient, considerate of the environment and produces data that is valuable and meets the requirements.

Part Review

We begin by understanding what the data will be used for as this will influence the next stages and ensure any scanning done is comprehensive yet cost-effective. We also review the part's size, material and complexity.

Setting Up

Whether we're in our scanning studio or on-site, we put together a strategy to scan all the necessary geometry. After that, we scatter scanning markers or reference objects randomly to ensure the 3D scanner knows where it is in 3D space.

3D Scanning

After ensuring our 3D scanner is freshly calibrated we begin the scan. As if digitally spray painting the part, we make sure we scan every area that needs data collecting. This is then fed to our computer as a point cloud so we can work on it in the next step.

Post Processing

Once all necessary geometry is captured, the point cloud data is converted into a mesh and refined to remove scanning artefacts and extraneous elements. From here, we either deliver the refined mesh data as an .STL or advance to the reverse engineering phase.

3D Scanning Examples

Nissan 370z Rays Wheel

Using a 3D scanner captures information at such a rapid pace it is hard to imagine ever creating this information by hand. Using our scanner, we’re able to capture the compound-curving surfaces of the 19″ alloys and tyres in extreme detail.

This was all done without the need for sprays or special tricks to capture the glossy surfaces or black, energy-absorbing rubber.

Applications

Titanium Wheelchair Frame

Titanium, known for its strength and lightness, is ideal for crafting durable, lightweight wheelchair frames.

This process ensures accurate replication or modification of the frame, enhancing the wheelchair's functionality and comfort for users, crucial in mobility aids. 3D scanning thus plays a vital role in customising and improving these essential assistive devices.

Applications

VW Amarok Grille

3D scanning parts to an accuracy of less than half the thickness of a human hair means the data you get can be used in confidence and create parts that require tight tolerances for quality control or fitment.

We 3D scanned a VW Amarok grille and were able to capture its complex form, intricate assembly clips and deep pockets that some scanning technologies simply cannot reach.

Applications

Gearbox Input Shaft

3D scanning of a gearbox input shaft, a critical component transferring power from the engine to the gearbox, enables exact digital replication for reverse engineering and accurate reproduction or redesign.

Essential for quality control, it provides detailed dimensional inspection to ensure manufacturing precision. This process is also vital for maintenance, analysing wear patterns on the shaft, which is fundamental to guide effective upgrades and enhance gearbox performance.

The non-intrusive, accurate, and efficient scanning process ensures the integrity and functionality of this key mechanical element.

Applications

Exeter 3D Scanning Service

Seeking detailed and accurate 3D models for your engineering projects? Reach out or use our contact form, and discover how our tailored 3D scanning and reverse engineering services in Exeter can streamline your workflow.

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