In recent years, traditional manufacturing processes have been augmented with 3D technology like scanning and printing. Keeping up to date with new technology is essential for industrial design and machining companies that want to offer their customers the best solutions.
For example, HARtech’s industrial machinery design service has recently acquired a 3D scanner. We can now use 3D technology to create complex parts.
Let’s take a look at the reasons why HARtech and other industrial companies are gravitating towards these new techniques.
What is 3D scanning?
3D scanning is a technology that scans the dimensions and characteristics of an object to create a three-dimensional model. The scanner records the object as a point cloud, a set of data points in space.
To do this, the 3D scanner projects a laser onto the object and records the distance between itself and each point on the object. The data collected is then converted into a digital file. Once the digital model is complete, it can be 3D printed, meaning that complex parts can be manufactured with relative ease.
3D scanning has a wide variety of potential uses. It’s no accident that this technology is increasing in popularity.
Advantages of 3D technology for part design
3D technology improves the quantity and quality of products that can be produced due to 4 main features:
- Very few errors or bugs
- Lower cost
- Flexibility and creative freedom
One of the main advantages of 3D technology is its ability to produce a large number of complex parts and products with very few errors. Shapes and parts can be modelled very precisely and customized to suit clients’ needs.
Less costly than traditional techniques
Digital manufacturing methods are much more cost-effective than traditional ones, particularly when it comes to small series. Costs are lower because complex parts can be manufactured more easily.
Another major advantage is the speed of manufacturing processes that use this new technology.
While it may take several hours for a part to print after the digital model has been created, the time required is still significantly less than traditional industrial design processes. Products that once required weeks or months to design and manufacture can now be ready in just a few days.
With this new technology, innovations can be tested faster and at a lower cost.
Endless design possibilities
With its ability to provide great design freedom, 3D technology redefines the limits of creativity. The best 3D printers can design an infinite number of shapes and parts, even those that are extremely complex geometrically.
The growing use of 3D technology in various industries
Industrial companies aren’t the only ones taking advantage of this new technology. Using 3D technology to design and manufacture equipment and products is becoming more and more common in Quebec and around the world.
- Healthcare and rehabilitation: 3D-printed prostheses are making an impact in many countries. In dentistry, work is being done to create plastic and wax parts to make removable dental prostheses.
- Architecture and engineering: These fields have made great strides with 3D printing all sorts of parts and objects using a variety of materials.
- Art and fashion: With so much room for creativity, 3D printing is a great success in the art world. Many are using the technology to make shoes, clothing, bags, accessories and jewelry.
- Education: Historically, universities have always done their best to stay up to date with the latest technology in order to attract the best students and faculty. Today, professors use 3D technology to design new tools while students use it to further their research.
HARtech: a leader in industrial design
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