Functional optimization of mouse traps

From 3D scanning to printing prototypes

Man in blue shirt using HandySCAN 3D scanner to scan black mouse trap parts next to laptop


What to do when an apartment is infested with pests, when rows of ants march across windowsills and mice have taken refuge in the basement?  It is a good thing that there are companies out there that can help you with their products.

One of these companies is Orma. Orma relied on Steelte to make functional changes to an existing product to create an optimized safe bait distribution system for rodents.

Steelte srl is a recently founded Italian startup that works primarily in the automotive and mechanical sectors. Its main line of products is made up of milled products, FFF additive 3D printing, planning services, dimensional controls and reverse engineering.

Product optimization

The task was to update the distribution design and develop a new version, with better performance for the user and optimization for printing. Updating the design was necessary to incorporate the numerous changes made on the product over time, changes that were not reported correctly in the technical drawings of the time. Next, starting from the updated project, a new version was designed according to the standards requested by the customer. In particular, Steelte provided the following services to Orma:

  • scanning of the existing mouse trap with the HandySCAN 3D and VXelements acquisition software by Creaform
Blue mesh representation of mousetrap in VXmodel Blue mesh representation of moustrap lid in VXmodel

Scanning of the mouse trap and original covers in VXelements

  • Reverse engineering
White CAD representation of mousetrap White and orange CAD representation of mousetrap

Reverse engineering on the trap and comparison with the inverse scanning

  • 3D modeling to correct some manufacturing errors
  • Insertion of the customer’s requested functional changes and reconstruction of a CAD model for a new mouse trap in the CATIA V5 software by Dassault
  • Prototyping through 3D FFF printing
White plastic mousetrap on desk no lid White plastic moustrap with blue lid on desk

Mouse trap printed in 3D with and without cover

  • Dimensional control on the prototype and reporting in VXelements

Green representation of mousetrap in VXinspect

Portable 3D scanner vs. measuring arm

Before acquiring HandySCAN 3D, Steelte used a conventional measuring arm, which was very limited in its functions compared to a portable 3D scanner. Steelte selected the HandySCAN 3D by Creaform for its rapid acquisition speed and scanning precision.

The scanning system – in contrast to the arm – is not limited in capacity and freedom of movement, and can be rotated and moved during scanning, so that all the areas of the object being scanned can be captured rapidly and precisely, even complex geometries, openings and holes.

Moreover, the scanner is easy to transport: packaged in a small transport case, it can be rapidly and easily taken anywhere for digitizing an object. It does not require a rigid configuration like a measuring arm and provides exact measurement results, even in production facilities with difficult environmental conditions.

Alberto Taraschi, from the Steelte technical department: “With its sophisticated technology, ease of use and portability, the innovative scanning system by Creaform allowed us to accelerate scanning processes and produce more precise objects, increasing our productivity. HandySCAN 3D won us over. In light of the positive experience with Creaform – starting from the first demo phase, up to the training courses – we would like to continue collaborating with them and we will surely purchase more Creaform products in the future”.

Blue and white Steelte logo Blue Orma logo

Article written by Creaform

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