Long Range Laser Scanning & Digital Mapping Helps Move Church More than 1,000 Miles

At 3D Engineering, we are ecstatic about our latest long range laser scanning and digital mapping project.  As part of our BIM services, we employed long range laser scanning and digital mapping to capture exact position and orientation of each stone of an historical church building being relocated more than 1,000 miles from Middletown, Ohio to Bee Cave, Texas.

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Color Mapping Technology for First Article Inspection

As part of our ISO 17025 quality inspection services at 3D Engineering Solutions, we now provide color mapping technology for first article inspection of cast parts, a service many other engineering firms still do not offer.  Color mapping provides qualitative illustrations that show the difference between a scanned object and its nominal design.  We provide different types of analysis for our customers, giving them both quantitative and qualitative data.  This saves time and money in the qualification process and makes it easier for our clients to get parts to their customers.
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United States Department of State Grants 3D Engineering Solutions ITAR Registration

3D Engineering Solutions received International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the United States Department of State, enabling the company to provide its engineering services to the government and other companies working with government equipment and data.
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Leading Edge Scanning Technology Helps Improve Part Verification & Accuracy

We recently finished a project here at 3D Engineering that used scanning technology to verify the accuracy of plastic injection molded refrigerator parts.  In one sense, this is nothing unusual; we frequently using scanning to verify part accuracy.  Most companies, however, still use a fixed based Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to conduct part verification.  CMM technology captures hundreds of data points, but scanning collects millions of data points, allowing us to gain much greater qualitative and quantitative information.  Because we have the equipment and the knowledge to implement scanning, we now use this leading metrology technology for most inspection projects, including First Article Inspections (FAIs) and Production Part Approval Processes (PPAPs).
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Popular Airsoft Guns Reverse Engineered, Helping Bring Back Offshore Manufacturing and Secure 300 U.S. Jobs

Recently, my company had the opportunity to reverse engineer parts for popular Airsoft guns once manufactured abroad.  When this particular gun maker learned that its offshore manufacturer was using its proprietary tooling to “back door sell” guns made with the equipment, it closed down operations and moved manufacturing back to the United States, which helped secure 300 domestic jobs.  But no CAD models or prints of the gun parts were accessible when the gun maker returned production back to the U.S., and that’s why 3D Engineering Solutions stepped in. The gun maker employed our reverse engineering services to digitize the assembly of air gun parts, which helped make manufacturing once again possible.

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Long Range Laser Scanning & Building Information Modeling (BIM) Help Safely Move Massive Equipment into Fortune 100 Energy Facility

Using long range laser scanning, 3 software platforms and Building Information Modeling (BIM), a team of our engineers at 3D Engineering Solutions created a clash detection simulation that highlighted interferences preventing replacement turbines from entering a Fortune 100 coal-fired power plant. After our team calculated interferences, workers were able to cut away concrete from a plant door and shift two sections of high-power conduits measuring 2-feet in diameter. Riggers then moved in massive turbines, with only 4-inches of clearance on either side of the turbine crate.

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New Structured Light Scanning Tool Enhances Our 3D Scanning Service

At 3D Engineering Solutions we’ve recently added another tool to our 3D laser scanning services.  We now regularly use a new structured light scanning device—the Steinbichler Comet L3D.   It uses LED blue light technology and can capture up to two million points in 1.5 seconds.  We’ve already employed the technology for turbine blade and impeller inspection, and mold and tool making.  The structured light scanner is useful for 3D scanning, rapid manufacturing and design, quality control, tool making, and reverse engineering.  It’s great for capturing anything with a lot of sharp edges and detail—even small medical instruments.

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3DES Captures Cincinnati’s Union Terminal Using Long Range Laser Scanning

Recently my company—3D Engineering Solutions—used high-speed long range laser scanning to capture precise measurements of Union Terminal—a National Historic Landmark and massive art deco building here in Cincinnati.  The Faro laser scanner we used is small, portable, and has a wide-range of uses.  For this project we captured Union Terminal’s measurements with millimeter-accuracy in just hours and as millions of data points.  The 53 gigabytes of data generated is now being used for Building Information Modeling (BIM) in aggregation with other software, giving architects and engineers ability to create simulations of how best to preserve the 80 year old structure.  A fly-through video showing the expansive building and its detail was also created.  Click here to watch the 3D fly-through video Continue Reading

How to Properly Use Point Probes on FARO CMMs

Covered Topics: Point Probe Accuracy, Sharp Tip Point Probes, On-Site Measurement, How to Accurately Measure Trim Lines, Creating Non-Standard FARO Probes, Using Multiple Probes in One Inspection Session, Changing Probes During an Inspection Continue Reading

3D Laser Scanning and CAD Modeling Bring High Tech Violin and Cello Tailpieces to Market

Using 3D laser scanning and CAD modeling technology, 3D Engineering Solutions helped The Frirsz Music Company bring its patented violin and cello tailpieces that improve sound and performance to the marketplace. These lighter than wood tailpieces comprised of aerospace metal alloy can now be manufactured for musicians everywhere because of the 3D scanning services and design expertise provided by 3D Engineering Solutions.

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