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Product Design : 3D Scanning Accelerates your Time-to-Market

The product development process can be long and filled with challenges, such as time constraints, demanding production requirements, need for incorporating a specific product component, and object complexity. 3D scanning can alleviate a number of these challenges, by streamlining and adding efficiency to the design process.


Product design rarely starts from scratch as product development often incorporates existing designs, previous versions or specific parts that need to be included into a new product. With 3D scanning, even when no CAD models are available, the design process becomes more precise, more efficient and much faster, making it the perfect companion of rapid prototyping.

In some cases, 3D scanning can even eliminate the need for iterations in the first place. When the first design is right, production can begin immediately!

3D scanning additionally brings serious time savings to the PLM, by making it possible to subtract several design iterations from the new product development process. It makes new product development cycles more predictable and can even accelerate time to market, since it provides better control over the overall design process.

Challenges addressed

With 3D scanning, reverse engineering becomes a cinch: obtaining a precise CAD model of a product, part or clay model takes mere minutes, no matter their size.

Data from complex, organic, intricate and freeform shapes can all easily be captured on-the-spot nearly anywhere, by users of any experience level.

Additionally, 3D scanning can help perform the root cause analysis and identify problems very quickly and painlessly. It becomes the perfect assistant to production engineers, since it can streamline and simplify the First Article Inspection (FIA) milestone.

HandySCAN 3D scanner Edge

For everyone who has ever tried it, it’s very clear the HandySCAN 3D has a lot going on for it!

It’s extremely user-friendly, so no steep learning curve is involved. It also blends very easily and seamlessly with CAD software as well as NPD processes. Right after scanning, the files can be imported into CAD without any post-processing! It integrates into the existing workflow, instead of the other way around.

It can definitely provide a step up from the competition by making the product development process simpler, faster and smarter!