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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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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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Automated Quality Control Best Practices for End-to-End Manufacturers

End-to-end manufacturers are companies that lead products through the entire manufacturing process, from design to customer delivery. Unlike businesses that manufacture their products with a segmented manufacturing process, end-to-end manufacturers…

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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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American Magic’s Team Gears Up for the 37th America’s Cup With Creaform

The New York City Yacht Club’s American Magic team once again chooses Creaform’s 3D measurement technologies to gear up for the next America’s Cup. Learn more.

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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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3D analysis of forklift truck cabins

For over 50 years, Forghieri has specialized in the design and manufacturing of cabins for forklift trucks. The company is also a leader in the production of flat and curved tempered glass for use in various industries, such as automotive, construction, furniture, household appliances and shower enclosures.

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Results Revealed and Facts Exposed: Benchmarking Two 3D Scanning Metrology Solutions to Save Inspection Time

More time—this is a luxury that many people wish they could afford. What about engineers who work long hours to design and manufacture molds to produce automotive performance parts, such as engine devices, transmissions, and electronic controls? What would they do if they could save 85% of the time required for mold inspections?

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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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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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Inspection of Multi-Part Medical Devices

Complex surgical procedures place high demands on medical devices. In order to meet the growing regulatory requirements for medical devices, a strict quality control process must be observed and implemented during the manufacturing of the products.

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The Challenge of Following the Short Cycle Time of Mass Production with Inline Inspection

As a Tier 1 supplier for a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM), the company produces high-quality cockpit modules for a brand new car model. To fulfill their customer’s quality standards and satisfy their requirements, assembly occurs on highly standardized assembly lines equipped with leading technologies and specialized tools.

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How to Measure Flatness: A Straightforward Guide for Professionals

Flatness is a measure of a surface’s form that indicates whether all of the points along that surface lie in the same plane. Symbolized in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) by a parallelogram, flatness is particularly useful when two surfaces must be assembled together to form a tight seal.

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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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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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How to improve the production efficiency of automotive sheet metal parts manufacturing

Nanjing Xingqiao WeitechAuto Parts Co. Ltd. specializes in the design and manufacturing of automotive chassis assemblies and body parts. It is a company that integrates design, development, and manufacturing. Before finding Creaform, their quality control department faced different challenges in manufacturing.

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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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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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Measurement of a gauge changing facility

Prose AG is responsible for the development and construction of the system in Switzerland and has commissioned the measurement technology service company SCAN IT 3D GmbH to record the entire system in Zweisimmen with a 3D scanner.

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Crash Test Dummy Positioning

“Creaform’s MetraSCAN 3D Scanner and Dummy Positioning Tool enable validation and documentation of test scenarios with unprecedented precision and speed.”

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Innovative laser scanning at the Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing plant in Poland

Daimler AG began manufacturing batteries at its Polish Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing factory in Jawor with the help of the HandySCAN BLACK ELITE laser scanner from Creaform and a complete Industry 4.0 strategy.

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3D Scanning Supercharges the Design and Development of Supersports Car, GTA Spano

Spania GTA is on a mission to build a limited-production supersports, the Spania GTA Spano, with unmatched handling, advanced technology and innovative aesthetics.

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Behavioral measures for cable-driven parallel robots in the industrial environment

Recently, the Jules Verne Technological Research Institute (IRT) developed a new robot, belonging to the category of cable-driven parallel robots. The latter has been evaluated using Creaform technologies.

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Roll Cages: Armor for Drivers How CageKits uses 3D Scanning to Design Superior Products

The story of how 3D scanning has helped CageKits to develop a better design process that leads to better structural benefits for the customers

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Recording and Evaluations of Corrosion Degradation Rates Using 3D Scanner and Pipecheck Software

Hydro Safety was commissioned by a power plant operator to provide assessments of the remaining service life of the power plant infrastructure.

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Recording and Evaluations of Corrosion Degradation Rates Using 3D Scanner and Pipecheck Software

Hydro Safety uses HandySCAN 3D scanner and Pipecheck software to provide assessments of the remaining service life of a 100-year old penstock.

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Inspiring Story of a Unique Drift Car and its Drift Master

The story of how 3D scanning helped a drift master to design a unique mechanism that enabled him to go back on the track and drift again.

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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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Death star art by Robert Longo

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When art and digital fabrication co-create

  Robert Longo, an American contemporary artist of worldwide renown, raises awareness of American gun violence through impressive pieces of art. He created the poignant sculpture “Death Star II” which was…

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Conducting quality control of supplier parts using 3D scanners

  Bombardier relies on Creaform as its measurement technology service provider Companies rely on their suppliers to create and deliver custom-made parts. If these deviate from the specified dimensions, significant…

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Deep dive into the world of 3D scanners and 3D measurement technologies

Explore 3D measurements and various 3D metrology systems Metrology, including 3D measurement technologies and 3D scanners, is taking the manufacturing, NDT, quality control and educational sectors by storm. For example,…

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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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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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Conducting quality control of supplier parts using 3D scanners

Companies rely on their suppliers to create and deliver custom-made parts. If these deviate from the specified dimensions, significant problems arise during assembly. Companies therefore often subject the components they…

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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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Scanning Technology’s Impact on the Quality Control of Steam Headers

Babcock is trusted to deliver—and trusts Creaform’s easy-to-use scanning technology to carry out quality control workflows for its manufactured parts.  With more than 125 years’ experience, Babcock is one of…

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Top 3 Reasons why 3D Scanning Makes Sense for Aftermarket Industries in 2019

Aftermarket industries are facing numerous challenges in 2019. Many disruptors, including shifting competition, channel digitalization, and increasing quality and compliance requirements, are forcing aftermarket industries to address these challenges with…

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Cipax’s New Boat Launch: Using Scan-to-CAD Workflows to Accelerate Time-to-market

Cipax is a European-based company that specializes in developing, manufacturing and selling products and systems using rotational molding and eco-friendly materials. Rotational molding is a cost-effective means to produce low-volume…

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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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3D Scanning Anywhere: Sky is The Limit

3D Scanning Anywhere is back for the last experiment of the year! After proving the HandySCAN 3D won’t lose any of its accuracy wherever it’s being used on the ground, Simon decided…

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Scan to CAD an Essential Part of Product Development

CAD software are key elements for companies’ product lifecycle management to shorten time to market, get better product quality, and lower cost. Without them, product development would be a lot…

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3D Scanning: The Solution to Streamline Your Product Development Processes

All industries need to think ahead and build better products as fast as possible. On the other hand, they have to make sure the components are in compliance with the…

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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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Agrikon uses HandyPROBE portable CMM from Creaform for its needs in quality control

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Improving the quality of agricultural cabs using the HandyPROBE portable coordinate measuring machine

What happens when traditional measuring arms no longer fit the bill when it comes to 3D measurement accuracy and flexibility in production environments? That is exactly what happened to Agrikon KAM…

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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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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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What to expect from the new PCMM HandyPROBE Next

As you may have heard, we just proudly launched the newly redesigned HandyPROBE Next, our new portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM). And you may be wondering: what’s in it for…

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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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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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The HandySCAN 3D to Assess Hail Damage

Perhaps among the most unpredictable and sudden of weather patterns, it is well known that hail can cause important disturbance. Broken windows, seriously dented cars, house shingles transformed into Swiss…

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Mastering GD&T and Metrology Helps You Get the Most Out of Your Inspection Software

With the emergence of portable CMMs, inspection and quality control (QC) activities have become even more widespread in almost any kind of industries. Among the reasons why these devices have…

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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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Efficiency for pipeline integrity assessment!

Blog post updated on May 29th 2018 for Pipecheck’s latest features. How do you measure the efficiency of a pipeline inspection process? Do you look at a single portion of a process…

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IMTS 2014 conclusion: 3D Scanning is now a must in any manufacturing process

Imagine getting to work and your boss says: « We no longer need Internet at our desks. From now on, we’ll get what we need from the library. » That…

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3D advancements reviewed in R&D webzine

3D scanning technology reduces costs and speeds up product development with new technology advancements. As the 3D scanning technologies improves just as fast as the demand grows, R&D webzine analyzes…

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Quality Digest highlights our latest Go!SCAN 20, the next generation in white-light scanners

Quality Digest Live’s recent Tech Corner presented an excellent overview of the Go!SCAN 20, our new next-generation white-light scanner for designers and engineers that work in product development. Now available…

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Quality Digest Live highlights the advantages of the HandySCAN 700

Quality Digest Live’s recent Tech Corner profiled our metrology-grade, ultra-fast HandySCAN 700. With its 0.03 mm accuracy and ability to collect 480 000 per second, the HandySCAN 700 scans direct…

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A world of challenges – The Creaform customers speak a common language

Recently I was given the opportunity to work for a few of our customers in Europe for a few months, based from our Grenoble office in France. I jumped on…

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When 3D scanning goes glamour – the Jenn Barlow’s bubble head project!

In my current job as an applications specialist with Creaform, I’ve been asked to scan, inspect and reverse engineer a lot of very different mechanical parts, using any and all…

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Inspecting gas pipelines in cold and damp Scotland

Monday June 3rd, 8:00 in the morning. The weather is incredibly cold and foggy for springtime. Welcome to Scotland, a few miles north of the city of Aberdeen. Martin, our…

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3D scanning a steam turbine in Mexico in steaming hot weather!

Last February, I was lucky enough to escape Quebec City’s harsh winter season for a while and fly to the warm Altamira region of Mexico in order to complete a…

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Rock-solid jig probing in shaky production environment

While carrying out a recent project that I was assigned to, I witnessed firsthand the benefits of Creaform’s HandyPROBE optical and portable CMM over mechanical CMM like Romer or Faro…

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The MetraSCAN 3D for automotive applications: 3D scanning right on the shop floor!

A major automotive manufacturer asked Creaform to 3D scan robot hands on their production line. This kind of tooling is used to manipulate embossed sheet metal that will be used…

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Product designers using 3D scanners for product development – from dream to reality!

3D found its way into different steps of the product design process, and has for many years. Whether it is for 1st developing the preliminary concept, proceeding with the ergonomics…

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3D Scanning Challenge: Scanning as many car compartments as quickly as possible with a Go!SCAN 3D

I’m a rookie application specialist at Creaform, and my 1st mandate was to carry out a project for a company specializing in the manufacturing of automotive accessories. The company requested…

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Arm-Free CMM

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Why portable CMM arms will not overcome 21st century measuring challenges

We have created a new infographic White Paper summarizing data presented at the 2012 CMSC International Conference. This new tool highlights the clear benefits of portable optical CMMs and dynamic…

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British pipeline owner Centrica falls for Creaform’s Pipecheck solution

I travelled to the tiny British town of Barrow-in-Furness, I have done my first training on how to use Creaform’s Pipecheck solution for pipeline integrity assessment with the Rugged Field Pack. The customer,…

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