Why did IEE Choose a Creaform 3D Scanner?
What's a recent project that 3D Scanning has helped you with?
A recent restoration project we did was a car part. The part was a very odd shaped vacuum & pressure fitting/pipe. In order to restore the part, we needed a solid solution to remove and then reinstall the part. We decided the best way to do this was to create a jig which clamped the part securely in place. To be able to design a jig which fitted the complex part perfectly ,we needed to 3D Scan it. With the 3D geometry we captured we were able to subtract the part from the solid blue 3D blocks – see below.
How did 3D scanning help you with this project?
With the HandySCAN 700 we were simply able to scan the part to create a polygon mesh (.stl file), then with VXmodel we were able to extract the pipes center line with the ‘Center line’ tool. Once we had had the path for the pipe we were able to sweep a circle along the path and create a solid, which we used to subtract from the blue block (as shown in the photos). Then with an angled plane along with a bunch of bolt holes we had our new removal and install tool designed and 3D printed in no time. Then we simply fasten it around the part, pull it out, bead blast and have zinc plated, refit the tool, and placed the part in the Arbor press to re install it perfectly!
Could you have completed this project without a 3D Scanner?
Without a 3D Scanner we would have had to leave the part installed, and not have it Zinc plated. Therefore defeating the purpose of restoring the parts. So the answer would be no.
What are the main activities of your company?
Developing Nissan RB26 car parts for our customer base around the world, the scanner helps us bring parts to market alot faster.
In between we always have 3D Scanning jobs, Reverse engineering and CAD services we are carrying out for customers throughout the region or in some cases internationally also.
How are you finding the current business climate/conditions?
3D Scanning is a steady business, being able to Reverse Engineer and supply CAD services to our customers allows us to bridge the time efficiently when we are not scanning.
Where do you see future growth coming from your company?
We definitely see future growth with 3D Scanning, as more and more companies transition to working with scan data and eliminating the human error involved in manual measurement.
Do you export?
We ship our custom parts all over the world. We also provide our scan data to clients all over the world as well.
Future plans and developments?
We plan to keep pushing the 3D Scanning as well as we can. Expanding our in house 3D printing services and continuing to gain traction in this unique market.