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Navigating the Shift to Automated Manufacturing with 3D Scanning

Explore how manufacturers can overcome the challenges of automation complexity, cost misconceptions, and skill gaps with strategic 3D scanning solutions.

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Electrifying an Aircraft Using 3D Scanning and Augmented Reality

The aeronautics industry is without question a dynamic sector of activity where progress takes place at breakneck pace and where the players in the field have to deal with remarkable technological advances that follow each other at increasingly shorter intervals.

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Conquest, Innovation and Industrial Robustness

There are industries and manufacturing processes that, even though they rely on technology, innovation and progress, have one foot in the past and one foot in the future. It’s namely the case of infrastructure companies such as water conveyance systems manufacturers.

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Use of 3D scanner increases efficiency and reduces labor and material costs

Management and customers demand realistic implementation of individual welding processes at low costs. These costs are often caused by inefficient work processes, such as reworking due to excess or insufficient use of materials, or customer complaints.

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Smart Steps to Integrating 3D Scanning in Your Quality Control

Discover how smart investments in 3D scanning technologies can transform your quality control processes. Explore our guide to select the right device.

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Do you have confidence in your 3D measurements? Are you certain they are accurate, repeatable, and reliable?

Do you ever question the accuracy and reliability of your quality control (QC) process? Do you ever doubt the quality of your measurement setup, especially if you are a non-expert in 3D scanning?

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3D scanning for gas-powered cars conversions of electrical vehicle design

The automotive industry is undergoing a huge transformation. As the world moves towards more sustainable energy sources, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming a driving force to transition from gas-powered cars. Just recently, Gear Patrol and Car and Driver have showcased future EVs from a wide range of automotive manufacturers, including Acura, Audi, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Ford, BMW, Polestar, Kia and Hyundai, just to name a few.

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Unveiling the Hidden Hurdles of Automotive Part Manufacturers

Manufacturing sheet metal is far from a simple task. It requires rigorous inspection, primarily due to the high quality and stringent safety standards required in the automotive industry.

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3D Scanning Helps with the Design of Engine Block Mounts

Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH has been a German based sales and service partner of Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of construction machinery, since 1954.

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Revolutionizing Design: INTAV’s Journey with 3D Scanning for Motorcycle Accessories

INTAV SRL is an Italian company with more than 30 years of experience in designing and manufacturing luminous and acoustic warning devices for emergency, rescue, and operative vehicles.

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Vehicle manufacturing company uses 3D scanners to increase design quality and optimize engineering times

The use of the Go!SCAN SPARK and VXmodel leads to significant improvements in the internal processes when carrying out projects at the Swiss company Sutter AG.

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Electric Dream: The Booming Popularity of Electric Vehicles and What It Means for Automotive Part Manufacturers

Based on the latest International Energy Agency (IEA) projections (featured in the newest edition of the Global EV Outlook), the share of electric vehicles (EVs) in the overall car market has risen from around 4% in 2020 to 14% in 2022 and is set to increase further to 18% in 2023. There is no doubt that demand for EVs is booming, and sales are set to surge to another record total this year.

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MetraSCAN 3D helps to create pipeline machinery improvements

Thanks to the 3D scanner, SICIM SpA can detect complex geometries from machineries and their technical designers are supported in project developments.

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Lee Chi Enterprises Co. Ltd. optimizes its bicycle part production with Creaform’s 3D scanners

Lee Chi Enterprises Co. Ltd. develops progressive and innovative lines of BMX, mountain and road bike components under the Promax brand.

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Production Control in the Casting Industry: Ensuring Component Geometries

GF Casting Solutions Altenmarkt GmbH & Co KG is one of the leading solution providers for lightweight components in the mobility and energy sector and operates, among other things, a light metal foundry for automotive components, structural parts and powertrain parts that are manufactured using the aluminum and magnesium die-cast process.

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Do You Have Trouble Measuring and Analyzing Large Parts?

You work in aerospace, transportation, energy, mining, or heavy industries. You manufacture large parts and assemblies, some with black or shiny surfaces. You want to measure these large parts with high accuracy and fine detail without having to move them from their production environment. And, above all, you don’t want to siphon off all your budget. If these sentences describe you, the blog below will surely be of interest.

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Improving manufacturing precision at National Steel Car with the MetraSCAN BLACK

National Steel Car is a leading railroad freight and tank car manufacturer. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and founded in 1912, the company develops and produces over 76 model variations of freight and tank cars for railroad, agriculture, chemical, construction, metal, energy, and financial/leasing companies in Canada and the United States.

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Harnessing the Power of Fusion Energy, a Dream Becoming Reality with Precise 3d Measurements

Recreating the fusion reaction occurring in the Sun’s core here on Earth; this is the mission that scientists and engineers have taken up with ITER, one of human history’s most ambitious engineering projects.

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Laboratory at AIC where students work on development and construction within the framework of the Extreme Automotive Program (EAP).

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Automotive Intelligence Center: 3D scanners – a key aid when training for a career in the automotive industry

AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center, based in Amorebieta-Etxano, Bizkaia, is a European center for the generation of value for the automotive industry based on a concept of open innovation where companies improve their positioning through cooperation.

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Jobs that took hours or days can now be done in minutes or seconds with the Creaform Go!SCAN 3D scanner

The TTK University of Applied Sciences uses the Go!SCAN 3D scanner in many projects for academic purposes by professors and students.

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3D Scanners: New Possibilities for Measuring Large Parts

  Based in Boppard, Germany, BOMAG is a global manufacturer of construction machinery and a technology partner in road construction and earthwork operations. In addition to its main focus on…

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Using 3D Scanning in Art

3D scanning can be used to measure objects of art in order to assess their 3D dimensions accurately.

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3D Scans Without Limits of Shapes and Surfaces

Leading global transport solutions provider reduces its inspection times with the Creaform 3D scanner

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A man performing a scan with the MetraSCAN 3D on a large 3D printed part

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What is the Future of Reverse Engineering?

Over the last few decades, reverse engineering has become an essential part of product design and production processes used by manufacturers all over the globe. From aerospace to automotive to…

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What Is the Best 3D Scanner?

You have been tasked with buying a 3D scanner. The only problem is figuring out where to start your search. You know what 3D scanning is but don’t know enough…

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Scanning with MetraSCAN 3D is simple and can be performed by employees who have been with the company for only a few months.

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Sakai Increases the Efficiency of its Dimensional Inspections with a New Approach

High-speed, high-precision 3D scanner greatly streamlines the measurement work of wood model makers, which is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process.   Many companies are now accelerating their efforts to reform…

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3D scanning for reverse engineering and the QC of cast parts in the pump industry

An on-site demo of the Go!SCAN SPARK at Hidrostal’s facilities made a particularly good impression as it enabled the team to save several hours compared with the technology the company had been operating, and, on top of that, it was also easier to use.

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Complete vehicle measurement of a BMW GT3 racing car

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Using 3D Measurement Systems to Assess the Performance of a BMW GT3 Race Car

– Highest scanning accuracy at maximum speed – In motorsports, a measurement system must be able to provide accurate information about the condition of a race vehicle very quickly so…

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Looking at Every Opportunity to Stay Ahead of the Competition

Following the example set by the FIA, M-Sport saw the need to introduce 3D scanning to control the body shell’s accuracy and ensure that the car met regulatory requirements. After all, winning performances often occur by pushing as close to the limit as practical while remaining compliant with regulations. 3D scanning proved to be the technology required to reach this balance.

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MetraSCAN 3D Scanner beim Scannen eines Blechteils. Im Hintergrund sieht man die Echtzeiterfassung des Scans auf dem Laptop.

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How Creaform Met the Need for Enhanced Accuracy, Versatility, and Efficiency of voestalpine Stahl GmbH

As one of Europe’s major steel producers, the voestalpine Stahl GmbH is the lead company of the Steel Division and a supplier that renowned automotive manufacturers and other manufacturing companies can rely on. The Austria-based company also manufactures heavy plates and cast products for the most challenging conditions in the energy industry and provides customized solutions for expanding renewable energy.

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Becoming the Leading Provider of Metrology Laser Scanning for NDT in Scotland: A Case Study Featuring Matrix Advanced NDT Inspection Services Ltd

Recently, Matrix approached MSL to offer a new 3D scanning service for both inspection and reverse engineering across a wide range of industries. They also saw the potential of providing this new 3D scanning capability to external companies, as this would increase their return on investment (ROI).

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Québec-based art virtuoso accomplishes stunning creative feats with Go!SCAN 3D

Cynthia Coulombe Begin is a renowned Québec painter and artist who started her professional career in 2006 by paying tribute to the aesthetics of the human body. Her first exhibit, Traces corporelles, took place at the Marius-Barbeau Museum and was acclaimed by local art critics.

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Creaform 3D Scanners Helped Ford Restore Michigan Central Station

The history of the iconic Michigan Central Station reminds us of the story of Detroit. The rail station, first opened in 1913, once symbolized the city’s effervescence with its grand lobby’s never-ending symphony of train arrivals and departures. Starting in the 60s, however, its activities began to decline and the station closed permanently in the late 80s.

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SFM improves its client reporting and the quality control of its transformer tanks through 3D scanning

Latvian company SFM, the world’s largest provider of transformer tanks, has been using Creaform MetraSCAN BLACK 3D scanner with VXelements software for 2 years, to provide high-quality 3D measurement reports for its products.

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3D scanner allows flexible measurements of wind turbines and their components

Siemens Gamesa was looking for a 3D scanning system to take exact, agile measurements of wind turbines and their components so that they could be analyzed and processed using CAD software. The main goal was to dispense with traditional and inaccurate measuring tools such as tape measures and gauges, in favor of a more agile and precise method.

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Measuring a Junkers JU 52 NG

JUNKERS Flugzeugwerke in Widnau achieved its first major milestone with the airworthy replica of a Junkers F13. In September 2016, this dream came true with the maiden flight of a replica of the first all-metal commercial aircraft, which has been delighting aviation enthusiasts around the globe ever since.

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Construction: Measurement of Test Specimens and Evaluation of Imperfections

The Chair of Metal Structures at the Technical University of Munich has been contributing to the development of steel and light metal structures within the construction industry for many decades. There is a long-standing tradition in the areas of bridge design, stability, construction, composite structures, fatigue and glass works.

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3D Laser Scanners: A Buyer’s Guide for Professionals

3D laser scanners are a hot topic these days. 3D laser scanning is an advanced technology with a market growth forecasted by some reports to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2021 to 2026. Other research indicates that the 3D laser scanner market will likely reach $16.66 billion by 2030.

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Fast and precise reverse engineering of spare parts for mattress innerspring production

AGRO Tooling Systems GmbH specializes in the manufacture of spare parts for mattress innerspring machines. In addition to contract manufacturing, mechanical engineering with in-house design has now become an important pillar of their business.

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3D Scanner for CAD : The Best 3D Scanners and Scan-to-CAD Softwares

Computer-aided design (CAD) is defined as the use of computers to assist in the creation, modification, or optimization of a design. CAD software enables designers and engineers to model shapes and add features with the ultimate goal of producing parts.

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How Hyundai North America uses Creaform’s 3D scanners for product development and design

How Hyundai Design North America uses HandySCAN 3D for improving real-time design workflows Opened in January 2003 and located in Irvine, California, Hyundai Design North America’s design and technical center…

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From Scan to Reverse Engineering: 3D Scanner Guarantees Seamless Process

The ability to quickly achieve accurate dimensioning of components of any shape and size with a 3D scanner was for AADS a key factor to choose a Creaform scanner.

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Plastic blow molding company reduces process time by 50% with 3D scanning

With the handheld HandySCAN 3D scanner from Creaform, Blowtech can quickly carry out inspections and measurements of its plastic molded parts in various places.

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3D scanner expands quality assurance services

Rohde & Schwarz uses the HandySCAN 3D for quality control, measuring vehicle interiors, inspecting free-form surfaces, and additive manufacturing processes

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Innovative 3D scanners for a competitive edge in automotive design

Automotive manufacturers and suppliers around the world have used portable 3D scanning systems for product development, vehicle design and quality assurance. Everything from individual components to complete vehicles can be measured.

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3D Scanner Helps to Develop Stylish Classic Furniture

Angelo Cappellini, producer of essential and timeless furniture, relies on Go!SCAN 3D when it comes to developing exclusive furniture drawings.

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The madonna of the predigerkirche can finally be carved

An important highlight of the active ecumenism in Rottweil during the renovation of the cathedral in 2016/17 was the reception of the Madonna of the Turning Eyes in the Predigerkirche.

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Digitalization of dark and shiny plastic components

NIFCO Germany GmbH develops and produces interior components for the automotive industry. The company’s parts are installed by leading international car manufacturers.

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3D Printed Parts: Scanning Evaluation Became the Norm in Most Projects

The HandySCAN 3D allows APWORKS, who is part of the AIRBUS Group, to have an effective and fast evaluation of the quality of their manufactures 3D printed parts.

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At lofty heights: 3D Scan of a wind turbine blade

Portable metrology solutions facilitate data capture in harsh and difficult environments.

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The Madonna of the Predigerkirche Can Finally Be Carved

An important highlight of the active ecumenism in Rottweil during the renovation of the cathedral in 2016/17 was the reception of the Madonna of the Turning Eyes in the Predigerkirche.

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3D Scans and CAD Models for Designing Antenna Mounts on Aircraft for SAR Systems

The Institute of High Frequency Technology and Radar Systems at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is investigating radar systems and their associated parameters for future satellite missions. To this end, tests are carried out in advance with aircraft-borne systems, which have a high degree of flexibility. For the preliminary tests, the radar systems will be installed on two Dornier Do 228 turboprop aircraft.

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Using 3D scanning to detect auto part thermal deformations

Recently, Changchun Faurecia Xuyang Automotive Parts Technology R&D Co. was looking for an alternative to its conventional coordinate measurement machine (CMM) to acquire comprehensive thermal deformation data on auto parts.

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3D dimensional inspections on fruit harvesting machines

Monchiero invests in a Go!SCAN 3D scanner and VXelements 3D scanning software for dimensional inspections on fruit harvesting machines.

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Go!SCAN SPARK versus HandySCAN 3D|SILVER and BLACK Series

A guide through the differences between the HandySCAN 3D | BLACK and SILVER Series, and the Go!SCAN SPARK 3D Scanners, to get a better idea of which 3D scanner is the best choice for your needs and applications.

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MetraSCAN - numérisation de moules industriels

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The future of industrial quality control and assurance

How the new MetraSCAN BLACK optical CMM 3D scanner will change the game Whether in the aerospace, transportation, tooling, foundry or casting industries, manufacturers of supplier parts or complete products are increasingly encountering stringent…

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Rapid, High-Precision Measurement of Templates and Gauges

  M.D.C. DESIGN srl is a young, dynamic company that firmly believes in sharing individual experience with the entire group, and developing the highest quality standards in design and production….

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Full moto picture for 3D scanning Lunar project

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Inspection and design of composite parts in the automotive, aerospace, defense and railroad sectors

In collaboration with Carboni and Metalli, Bercella is creating an innovative motorcycle using composite components and the HandySCAN 3D Many companies in Italy were born, thanks to the dreams and…

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Metrology as a Means for Motorbike Optimization

Speed: competitive advantage, object of desire, or strategic focus? The motorbike industry—just like the auto industry—is a typical sector of interest for 3D scanning applications. KTM Motorsports expertly employed metrology instruments and inspection software to look further into their product improvement process.

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Creative robotics scanning project

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Academia Scanner, an Educational Solution for Research Projects

Digitization and robotics for flexible manufacturing and individualization Creative Robotics (CR), a research unit within the University for Art and Design Linz, Austria, study robotics as an interface between the…

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Rapid, High-Precision Measurement of Templates and Gauges

  M.D.C. DESIGN srl is a young, dynamic company that firmly believes in sharing individual experience with the entire group, and developing the highest quality standards in design and production….

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American Magic Team monohull: the Mule

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American Magic: Creaform’s Latest Prestigious 3D Scanning Project

Over the years, Creaform has worked with many global customers to leverage the tremendous potential of portable 3D measurement solutions to address a wide spectrum of product development challenges and…

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Staying Ahead of the Curve: ACE Technology

ACE Technology was founded in 2004 in the UK, with a mission to offer best-in-class composite material manufacturing services. The first industry it served was motorsports, a demanding sector that…

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MetraSCAN 3D Scanner Helps to Restore the Prague Astronomical Clock

  Restoration and History From January to the end of October 2018, the Old Town Astronomical Clock in Prague underwent a restoration project. The goal of the restoration work was…

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No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Excellence: HandySCAN 3D scanner increases measurement efficiency

CMS Cepcor® Ltd. based in Coalville, UK, is Europe’s largest aftermarket manufacturer and supplier of premium quality crusher, screen, and asphalt plant spare parts. The company provides products and services to…

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3D Scanning Anywhere: Accuracy vs. Snowboarding

 We already know that our 3D scanners work great in labs… And that our clients use 3D laser scanners for a really wide variety of very demanding applications. But…

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Why Using Low-Cost 3D Scanners in Professional Applications Can Be a Costly Mistake

Why Using Low-Cost 3D Scanners in Professional Applications Can Be a Costly Mistake Every year, communities like Pinshape and 3Dprint.com publish buying guides of TOP affordable 3D scanners on the market,…

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Skeleton of Hope The blue Whale

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London’s Natural History Museum: A Blue Whale 3D Scanning Project

3D scanning project of a blue whale’s skull for the Natural History Museum in London.

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How to reverse engineer classic car parts

A VINTAGE FERRARI PARTICIPATES AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX THANKS TO THE HANDYSCAN 3D Creaform was mandated by NT CADCAM to use its 3D scanning technologies to reverse engineer a…

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Tuning Industry: Creaform Creates a Brand New Market Opportunity

It’s a well-known fact that in Australia, like in England, people drive on the left side of the road, therefore the cars are configured to be driven right sided. While…

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3D scanning in the workshop with HandySCAN 3D

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SCOTT Sports and Creaform: Achieving the next level in skiing safety with 3D scanning and 3D scan to CAD models

Learn how Swiss sporting goods manufacturer, SCOTT Sports, integrated the HandySCAN 3D in the development of its new Symbol 2 Plus D helmet. #NOSHORTCUTS

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Galileo looking to the universe with his telescope

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The history of metrology from Galileo to optical systems

Metrology originates from antiquity. The first forms of measurements were established to facilitate commerce and record human activity. Time, weight and length were the first standards formulated. Over the course…

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Koenigsegg hypercar video

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Koenigsegg partners with Creaform to certify the quality standards of its hypercar lineup [VIDEO]

Koenigsegg cars combine innovation and cutting-edge technology. The CCXR model shown above is, among other things, the world’s first green supercar. Koenigsegg hypercars have received a lot of attention lately…

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New 3D scanner: What to expect from the new MetraSCAN 3D

It’s true: we have completely reengineered our MetraSCAN 3D laser scanner, in order to help Quality Control and reverse engineering experts face the increasing quality standards brought forward by manufacturers…

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Quality control managers in the shop floor

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THE NEW SECRET WEAPON FOR QUALITY CONTROL MANAGERS

Quality control managers in the automotive and aerospace industries are responsible for ensuring that manufactured parts meet customers’ requirements, specifications, and tolerances. To do so, they rely on coordinate measuring…

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A bright engineering team part of a smart competition!

Being born in Quebec inevitably means growing up connected to winter sports and activities. Every second person here goes skiing or snowshoeing on weekends. The place is covered in snow…

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3D scanning a fencer

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A Little Bit of Paralympic Glory for the Creaform Portable 3D Scanners

Photo: Latrèche winning his individual bronze medal in London against Italian fencer Marco Cima, in September 2012. Credit: L’Équipe Alim Latrèche is a 36 year-old paralympic fencing champion, with quite…

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HAWKS racing: an international element to the Creaform Student Sponsorship Program!

Maybe because we’re a North American company, when we first launched our Student Sponsorship Program, we sort of expected to receive mostly applications from teams located either in Canada or…

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Creaform and Stratasys Partnership

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Creaform brings forward a new partnership with Stratasys!

It’s been said before; 3D scanning and 3D printing go hand-in-hand. So the marketing agreement we recently signed with Stratasys was a proverbial natural fit! This new partnership brings together…

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D scanning and 3D printing

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Have you heard about 3D scanning and 3D printing in product development 3.0?

In today’s hyper-competitive markets, product development teams—from engineers to designers—are facing tremendous pressure to come up with new innovations and new products faster than ever before. Let’s face it, in…

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Creaform Engine Model In Progress

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VXmodel key to success in creating Formula SAE race car for engineering student competition

Jayhawk Motorsports, a team of 40 engineering students from the University of Kansas, is using the Creaform HandySCAN 3D scanner to create two racecars, including creating a powerful 3D model…

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HandySCAN 3D digitizer helps train the next generation of french engineers

Located in the South West of France, close to both the Swiss and Italian border, the small-ish city of Grenoble is nonetheless considered a major technology and industry center. Last…

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Engineering Student with Alérion Supermileage racing prototype

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Alérion Supermileage does it again!

Congratulations to the Alérion Supermileage team, who recently won second place in the prestigious Detroit Shell Eco-Marathon! Another great success for the engineering students  from Université Laval, in Quebec City,…

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