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3D Scanning in Hockley

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3D Scanning in Hockley

Hockley’s leading provider of metrology grade 3D scanning services. We deliver expert physical object digitisation services for part or assembly analysis, inspection, and reverse engineering.

Why Work With Formeon?

Formeon offers state-of-the-art 3D scanning and reverse engineering services in Hockley. 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

In-depth 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.

Enhance Efficiency

Remove the unreliable and challenging drain on resource of measuring or recreating complex surfaces and parts by hand

Quality Data

Utilising metrology grade 3D scanners ensures more reliable results than error-prone hand measurements, capturing data points quickly and precisely.

On-site 3D Scanning

For large or fragile objects, Formeon offers the convenience of on-site 3D scanning services. Alternatively, for smaller items, clients can opt to send them to our studio using a courier.

Reverse Engineering Service

Designers and engineering teams value reverse engineering for its efficiency and cost-effectiveness in replicating, developing, or archiving real-world components. We produce usable CAD models, aiding development, analysis, or manufacturing. Formeon capture and recreate intricate details and complex surfaces, resulting in substantial time and cost savings while reducing the risk of human errors during measurement and replication.

Scan to CAD Geometry

An efficient, cost-saving method to fabricate CAD data at a manufacturing level when there is no pre-existing data.

Reinstate Design Intent

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

Remove Hand Measuring Parts

3D scanners can easily capture complex shapes and surfaces that would be challenging and time-consuming to measure and recreate by hand.

Get in touch

We're involved in many fields, working on all kinds of projects. Need 3D scanning in Hockley or nearby? Get in touch, and let's chat about your project.

Industries 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

To conduct on-site 3D scanning effectively, it's crucial to adhere to site-specific regulations, maintain technical flexibility, and establish strong client cooperation. These factors work together to ensure an efficient scanning process that's environmentally conscious and yields valuable data.

Part Review

Our process starts with a grasp of the data's intended purpose, as this shapes the subsequent scanning stages and ensures a thorough yet cost-efficient scanning process. Then, we look at the component'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

When we have captured all the geometry we need the data is converted from a point cloud to a mesh and is then cleaned up removing scanning artefacts and any areas of geometry or background surfaces. Is it from here we either supply clean mesh data or we move on to reverse engineering.

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

Need 3D Scanning in Hockley?

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 Hockley can streamline your workflow.

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