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3D Scanning in St Albans

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3D Scanning in St Albans

Delivering metrology grade 3D scanning solutions in St Albans. Providing precision digitisation of physical components and assemblies for industry-level inspection, evaluation, and reverse engineering.

Working with Formeon

At Formeon, we specialise in converting physical objects into accurate digital models through advanced 3D scanning and reverse engineering services. We are equipped with cutting-edge laser scanning technology and offer tailored solutions that encompass design optimisation, digital archiving, part inspection and reverse engineering. We serve as your trusted partner for all your 3D scanning and CAD generation needs in St Albans and the surrounding regions.

Powerful & Precise Data

On-site 3D Scanning

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.

Maximise Resource

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

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.

Scan to CAD Geometry

A cost-efficient and effective method of creating manufacturing-level CAD data when none is available.

Renew Design Intent

Restore worn faces, warped walls or broken features and bring a part back to its original specification.

No Reliance on Hand Measurement

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

Contact Formeon

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

Industries Formeon Work In

We operate in various sectors, performing 3D scans on a wide range of components, objects, and assemblies. Our capabilities extend from scanning substantial items like boats and vehicles to capturing intricate details such as 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

Either in our scanning studio or on-site, we create and implement a scanning strategy to ensure we capture all required surfaces and features. We then get started randomly applying scanning targets or reference artefacts to make sure the 3D scanner will be well-referenced in 3D space.

3D Scanning

After making sure our 3D scanner is accurately calibrated, we initiate the scanning procedure. We systematically scan all the areas requiring data, much like digitally applying spray paint. This information is then transmitted to our computer as a point cloud, ready for further processing.

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.

Our Work in 3D Scanning

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

3D Scanning Services in St Albans

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 St Albans can streamline your workflow.

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