3D scanning is a technique used to scan an object from the real world, to capture its shape to build a 3D digital copy of the object. It works by scanning the object and collecting the data to recreate its shape, size, and appearance, digitally. 3D scanning can also be useful to reconstruct, analyse, or simulate ideas. You can improve a part by modifying its 3D model, scale it up or down or remove unnecessary material, and possibly 3D printing the object.
3D scanning is especially useful for heritage preservation - scanning artefacts and fragile items allows people to handle a 3D printed copy of a rare, delicate item with the same details and at its exact scale.
There are multiple methods of 3D scanning but most work by scanning many points of the item, mapping them into a “points cloud” and digitally building the object between these points.
High definition 3D scanning has many uses including:
The Revopoint Scanner is a great scanner for beginners, and how you use the Revopoint scanner depends on what you are trying to scan.
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