Laser scanners play a key role in quality assurance. 3D digital capture of shapes and surfaces using lasers is an effortless and precise process. The industry uses laser scanners primarily for the quality control of geometries and surface, but also for reverse engineering, fit and finish, and assembly applications.
A 3D scanner can be quickly and easily attached like a probe to a measuring arm or can work to the highest accuracy as a part of a Laser Tracker System. Software generates 3D data in real time from the scanner-created point cloud and recognizes deviations from the CAD data immediately.
Non-contact scanners accurately capture millions of points within seconds. This point cloud can then be converted into a feature based Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor CAD model with complete history instead of a basic IGES or Step file. The scanner can also be used to inspect complex surfaces against CAD models.