New Year 2017 Issue

3D Scanning Newsletter

Latest news and resources on 3D scanning and measurement technologies


Examining the Reverse Engineering Workflow from Scan to CAD

MicroScribe CMM

There are two types of 3D measurement equipment commonly used for reverse engineering to capture 3D measurements of a reference part due to their affordability, portability, and versatility:

  • Contact 3D scanners: for example, portable CMMs and optical CMMs with a contact probe
  • Non-contact 3D scanners: for example, laser or structured-light 3D scanners

In this article, we will discuss the differences in the reverse engineering workflow for these types of measurement tools, their advantages, and drawbacks.

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Case Study

Interactive Skull Museum for St. Cloud University: A Fun Take on Studying Fossils

Digitizing Fossils

The mission of the St. Cloud State University Visualization Lab in Minnesota is to develop visualization, experiential, and multimedia solutions to the complex needs of the University community. Learn how the Artec 3D scanners turn the lab’s dream of visualizing a collection of skulls from the university museum into reality with an interactive skull museum.

New Product Introduction

Imagine a Better (and Friendlier Way) to Reverse Engineering

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XTract3D interface

Building parametric CAD models can be a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be.

XTract3D is a toolbar that works natively inside SOLIDWORKS, giving you access to powerful slicing, fitting, and snapping tools for reverse engineering. Trace right on top of 2D cross sections of 3D scan data to create parametric CAD models with ease. XTract3D gives you a basic toolset to solve a wide range of reverse engineering applications—from basic to complex parts, and prismatic to organic surfaces. Learn how XTract3D makes scan-to-CAD a straightforward process.


AXIOM 3D Printer Earns Top Ten Reviews Gold Award

Axiom 3D Printer

Airwolf AXIOM 3D Printer was named the TOP 3D printer by Top 10 Reviews, ranking number 1 in 3D printers in its class. It’s an amazing printer for rapid prototyping and 3D printing in the classroom.

“This large 3D printer has the best software, best connection options, best filament choices and pretty much the best everything else.”

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Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference and Expo

The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. Our team will be participating in the 3D Scanning Workshop on March 19 at 5pm to demonstrate how 3D scanning technology plays a crucial role in the additive manufacturing process. We’ll also be participating at the AMUG expo booth 65 where we will give live demonstrations of the HDI and Artec 3D scanners. Hope to see you there!

Conference: March 19-23, 2017
Expo: March 19-20, 2017
Location: Hilton Chicago

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About GoMeasure3D

We deliver 3D scanning and measurement solutions that transform real world objects into digital 3D models for industry applications including CAD/CAM, reverse engineering, quality inspection, scientific measurement, and 3D visualization. If you have any questions related to 3D scanning or 3D measurement technology, ask our technical specialists and they would be happy to help you out.