metaverse & digital twin

technically-challenging 3d scan
- thin objects

kitCAD3d is proficient at rapidly & precisely 3d scanning thin objects. 3d scanning thin objects is definitely technically challenging, and most 3d scanners are not capable of performing this task.

in case you haven’t heard, we love to test and challenge our high-performance artec leo 3d scanner. it’s fun, but most importantly it has valuable implications for industrial design & manufacturing.

you may wonder - what makes 3d scanning thin objects challenging? many things can go wrong, but the most serious errors are caused by poor tracking, subpar alignment, & insufficient data.

it is true that artec leo makes 3d scanning rapidly and with high precision a breeze. however, it does not mean that anyone can just point, shoot and then expect to get precise results. the operator has to correctly prepare, capture, and process the scan data.

obviously, the object size & geometry determine how the 3d scanning is prepared, carried out, and processed.

kitCAD3d decides to demonstrate & document this technical challenge - by 3d scanning a thin card

- size: standard credit card size
- thickness: 0.84mm

- to proof that we do not use any hole-filling software feature, we scan 2 edges of the card (and not the remaining 2 edges). theoretically, there would be 2 card edges with edge surfaces, while the other 2 edges would not have any corresponding edge surfaces.

- the real-time video can be viewed in kitCAD3d's youtube channel
- it took under 5 minutes from scanning to post processing & finally to colour texture application (excluding data import)
- artec leo scanner effortlessly captures the shown card that has a thickness of under 1mm (0.84mm)
- artec leo is able to transform the 2 well scanned edges into surfaces without needing the software's fill-hole feature. compare with the other 2 edges that aren't scanned and thus do not produce edge surfaces.
- the 3d scan model is available for inspection & interaction in kitCAD3d’s sketchfab account

is there any practical application for 3d scanning thin objects? absolutely, and there are heaps! let’s look at the automotive industry. car bodies are metal sheets that have been stamped to shape. mobile devices are also a very typical example, just look at the mobile phone shells & protective cases. other examples include lighting housing, brackets, cladding, and many many more.

many industrial design & manufacturing sectors stand to benefit from 3d scanning thin objects:
- automotive
- aerospace
- construction
- consumer goods
- electronics
- mining & ore
- and many more.

kitCAD3d’s artec leo 3d scanner delivers up to 0.1mm accuracy and its superior tracking ability eliminates the need for target stickers. artec leo’s agility allows it to weave through narrow areas efficiently as it is cable-free, handheld, and isn’t tethered to the computer.

it is no wonder that artec leo is used & trusted by many in heavy industries as well as entertainment.

artec 3d scanner brand originates from the EU & likewise artec leo scanners are made in the EU.