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What Makes 3D Scanning Worth It?

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In an era where precision and efficiency are pivotal, the value of 3D scanning services, like those offered by Formeon, is more necessary than ever.

It’s not just about having access to 3D scanning technology but about integrating it seamlessly into your workflow, ensuring you stay ahead in a competitive landscape.

3D scanning is worth it because of the accuracy, speed and ability to save time and money during a development cycle.


The versatility of 3D scanning is unmatched. For professionals in various sectors like engineering, product design, manufacturing and architecture, the applications are vast. It’s a transformative tool for creating detailed computer models or digitising prototypes, enabling a leap from traditional measurement methods to advanced digital solutions.

This shift not only accelerates the design process but also allows for a level of detail and precision previously unattainable, enhancing the overall quality of the final product.


Accuracy is the cornerstone of 3D scanning technology. For industries where the smallest deviation can have significant consequences, the precision of metrology-grade 3D scanners is crucial.

By investing in high-accuracy scanning tech, Formeon ensures that our clients get reliable data for their projects. This level of precision is especially critical in sectors like aerospace, automotive, and medical devices, where accuracy is synonymous with safety and quality.


In today’s fast-paced business environment, time is a resource as valuable as any. The speed with which 3D scanners capture data translates to quicker project turnarounds and a faster time to market.

This rapid data collection capability not only benefits product development cycles as a whole but plays an especially significant role in problem-solving and decision-making processes, giving teams the agility they need to stay competitive.


Reliability in 3D scanning translates to truthful, consistent, repeatable results. Our high-resolution scanner captures comprehensive data sets, providing a detailed and accurate digital representation of physical objects. This reduces the likelihood of errors and rework, ensuring projects stay on track and within budget.

In industries where the cost of failure is high, this dependence is invaluable.

Quality Inspection

Quality inspection is an integral part of manufacturing and product development. 3D scanning elevates this process by providing detailed insights into product conformity and precision. This capability is critical for maintaining high standards and ensuring that products meet both design specifications and regulatory requirements.

From part-to-part inspection and part-to-CAD inspection, Formeon can provide colour maps and surface measurements to suit your needs.


The mobility of our 3D scanning technology brings another layer of value. Our handheld scanners offer flexibility and ease of use, allowing us to tackle projects of varying sizes and complexities. This mobility means we can scan objects in situ, reducing the need for transportation and ensuring that even large or immovable objects can be accurately digitised.


The software we use in conjunction with our scanners, such as the Creaform VX package, is integral to the scanning process.

This software is renowned for its precision and capability, handling the complexities of data processing with ease. It allows us to deliver not just raw data but actionable insights, ensuring that the information we provide can be directly applied to our clients’ design and manufacturing processes.


For many businesses, the high cost of purchasing and maintaining advanced 3D scanning equipment is a significant barrier.

With prices ranging upwards of £30,000 (and reaching over £100k!), it’s a major investment. Particularly for those who need these services on an occasional basis.

Formeon’s scanning services offer a cost-effective alternative, providing access to state-of-the-art metrology-grade scanning technology without the associated capital expenditure.

Is it Worth it? Yes.

So, why is 3D scanning worth it? It’s about more than just the technology—it’s about accessibility, efficiency, and precision.

Formeon provides a service that bridges the gap between the need for high-quality 3D scanning and the investment required to access such technology in-house.

Whether it’s for intricate product design, large-scale industrial projects, or anything in between, our service ensures that our clients have the tools they need to succeed in a competitive and technologically advanced marketplace.

3D scanning is not just an option, it’s a strategic asset.

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