Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using 3D Scanners

3d Scanners


3d Scanners

3D scanners have enhanced processes for many applications in many industries, which is why they are considered to be among the most important equipment in additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping. So if you’re looking to invest in one, you can expect to be treated to a lot of advantages that can streamline your processes, meet your specific requirements, and deliver quality results.


However, it cannot be denied that sometimes, in using 3D scanners, some of us run into errors. And in some cases, we do not realise that we are doing things that significantly decrease the functionality of the equipment. If you want to make sure that you are consistently getting what you need from your 3d scanner, make sure to steer clear of these mistakes.


Having fragile parts in your design

A 3d scanner can print any design that you have scanned, but there are certain limitations that you need to be aware of. One of the most important is having “fragile parts” in the design, or parts where the design features too many thin walls or large sections with thin walls. Additionally, if you’re rendering the same design onto a different material, remember that what worked for plastic may not work for another so adjust the design accordingly.

Not optimising the scanner properly

Your scanner should also be calibrated properly to make sure that it will function as it should. Right from the get-go, the equipment must be set up in accordance with your design and 3d printing requirements, as well as the conditions in your workplace. If you move the scanner, it should also be recalibrated. And if you’re adding any programme alongside the operation of your scanner, it should be recalibrated.


Working in poor conditions

It is also important that you make sure that you are using your scanner in good working conditions. For instance, it must be positioned on a solid surface that is impervious to shakes and vibrations. Additionally, light must be positioned in such a way that the scanner can read and render your designs well.

It is also important that your team is adept at operating the scanner. It is not required that you have specialised knowledge about the technology, but a good working knowledge of what its use entails is important. And if you need additional knowledge, you can look into attending product training. Similarly, you can consult your supplier or manufacturer for recommended practices.