How 3D Printing & 3D Scanning helps your business

How 3D Printing & 3D Scanning helps your business

3D Printing & 3D Scanning together brings down the cost of bringing a new product into market
drastically. Below are certain advantages
● 3D Scanning helps in reverse engineering of existing products. New designs and models
can be created in no time from the existing models at a fraction of designing costs and
time
● 3D Scanning helps in inspecting your finished products for design and dimensional
consistencies.
● 3D Printing enables quick and cost-effective prototyping of your designs. 3D Printed
physical models can be presented to your customers for demonstrations and for market
research way before commencing production.
● 3D Printing helps in avoiding costs due to die/cast errors.

What is 3D Scanning?

3D scanning is the process of converting physical objects into digital models. Rather than designing products from scratch, physical objects can be scanned to obtain digital models. The digital models can be used for modifications helping you save on designing time, costs and effort.

What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing helps create your prototypes directly from the digital models. Unlike the traditional manufacturing processes, a single physical object can be produced without a need for die/cast helping you avoid huge costs and turnaround time. In cases where creating a die/cast is necessary, Rapid prototyping using 3D printings helps avoid Molding/Casting rejections.

Solution & Execution

  • think3D team created the accurate 3D virtual model of the affected area was created from the Dicom images.
  • The part for which the mold needs to be manufactured was generated using modeling software.
  • The virtual model was signed off by the doctor through email.
  • A 3D printed template (mold) was created using additive manufacturing technique and sent to the hospital

Case Study:

This case study illustrates the advantage of 3D Scanning and 3D Printing over conventional processes in Hardware industry. By taking an existing door handle as reference, we create a new door handle with a few design modifications.

1) Existing Product:

2) Pre-processing:

In this stage, the component is made ready for 3D Scanning. The door-handle is painted using a removable spray to avoid light reflections and enhance accuracy.

Time taken for pre-processing: 30 minutes

3) 3D Scanning:

Here, the handle is scanned using a 3D Scanner. Once the model is 3D scanned it is imported into a design software for further modifications

Time taken for scanning: 30 minutes

4) Re-designing:

Here, the 3D model from the scanning is exported into appropriate designing software to modify the design as required.

Time taken for redesigning : 30 minutes

5) Rapid Prototyping:

The re-designed door-handle is printed using 3D Printers.

Time taken for 3D printing : 90 minutes

6) Die Casting:

This prototype is then used to cast the re-designed handle. The mould used for casting can be used for mass producing the new handle.

Time taken for sand casting & machining : 180 min

The entire exercise took around 6 hours from inception to a creating a ready – to -use Door handle

Adopting these technologies into your process gives you flexibility at a fraction of cost to experiment with new designs as the turnaround time is reduced from weeks to hours.

How think3D can help you adopt these technologies in your company?
Think3d – India’s largest 3D printing platform – partners with you and aids in enabling you to use these technologies to your advantage . In addition to providing sales and services of 3D printers and scanners that suit your need and budget, we also provide 3D Designing, 3D Scanning and 3D printing services. Our highly qualified team will train you in using this equipment ‘in – house’ and our dedicated support team makes sure that your equipment is always up and running.

2017-08-09T11:26:33+00:00 July 7th, 2016|3D Printing Case Studies|0 Comments

About the Author:

Raja Sekhar Upputuri
Co-founder at think3D. Passionate about entrepreneurship & 3D Printing.

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