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3D Scanning in the Automotive Industry

3D scanning is a process that 3d captures the shape of an object and produces a 3D model of it. 3D scanners has been around for decades, but 3d scanning technologies have advanced drastically in recent years with 3d scanners becoming more affordable and easier to use.

On this page, we’re going to discuss how and why you would want to 3d scan cars, as well as some ways that 3d scanning is changing the Automotive sector for both modern & classic cars.

Instant

Achieve real time results with the peel 3d scanner. STLs are instantly created as you scan.

Reliable

Consistent and reliable results are achieved from 3d scanning due to digitally accurate technology and removal of human error.

Accurate

peel 3d scanners pick up details as fine as 0.025mm and even the smoothest of gradual curves over big surfaces.

Modify

Every peel 3d scanner comes with free access to the STL editing software. Edit, change and play around with scans freely.

Export
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Extract all the information you need from your 3D scans and send them right to your preferred CAD software.

Objectives of scanning a car

3D scanning cars has a number of different purposes in the real world, depending on who is 3d scanning their car and what their customers hope to achieve. For example:

Car restoration companies can 3d scan a classic or vintage automobile in order to replicate them as accurately as possible for display & sale – Auto manufacturers 3d scan & capture the physical object of new vehicles so that scale models can be created for prototyping and marketing purposes – Auto parts manufacturers 3d scan broken or damaged car components to create replacement 3D models that are easier to inspect

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The Effects of 3D Scanning on the Automotive Industry

As scanning technologies become more affordable, accurate, user-friendly and less time consuming; it’s changing the automotive industry in a number of ways. 3D scanning of their cars has become a standard requirement for car manufacturers, and 3d printed scale models have been adopted by almost all auto companies as being more cost effective than clay or wooden mockups. 3D scanned 3D printouts can also be used to help visualize ideas that would otherwise require expensive prototyping.

Businesses who benefitted from using 3D scanning

Have a look at how businesses have adopted 3D scanning and how it has improved their output

Patritti Design Performance

When a stock Porsche is not enough..

Porsche is an amazing high-performance sports car. Built in Germany they combine dynamic engineering and striking looks to create an exciting drive for the user. But sometimes, this isn’t enough. Some customers want to modify their cars for racing. For examples, replacing steel body panels on the older models with newer composite panels will reduce the weight of the car.

Traditionally, the moulds for composite production were made directly from the existing car panels. The process was messy, tedious and required various stages of trail and error to overcome deformations and dents in the shape.

“Although we were starting to see handheld technology available on the market, none was able to properly capture an object the size of a car.” None, of course, until Patrick discovered the peel 3d.

The peel 3d was the only handheld scanner with enough accuracy to meet Patricks demands. Car panels can be scanned in a matter of minutes, CNC processes are used to then create foam replicates of the panels. It is then these foam parts which are used to make the composite panels. 3D scanning a car has never been easier.

peel 3d's Scanning Software

Each peel 3d scanner comes with free access to it’s premium software. It provides you with full control to edit and finalise your design.

High Quality Scans

Scan

Plug the peel 3d scanner into a computer, start up the software and begin.

STL Created

A mesh shape is saved directly onto the peel 3d software

Edit

Edit and modify the mesh shape so that it is ready to be exported into your CAD software

As scanning technologies become more affordable, accurate, user-friendly and less time consuming; it’s changing the automotive industry in a number of ways. 3D scanning of their cars has become a standard requirement for car manufacturers, and 3d printed scale models have been adopted by almost all auto companies as being more cost effective than clay or wooden mockups. 3D scanned 3D printouts can also be used to help visualize ideas that would otherwise require expensive prototyping.

Select the right scanner for you

How much does 3D scanning cost? Is a 3D scanner worth it? Take a look at the peel 3d range and see how it can help your business grow

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Increase Output

Are you’re parts large? Do they contain really fine features?

Use both the peel 2 CAD and peel 2 CAD-S together. With the peel 2 CAD you are able to scan larger surfaces quickly and accurately. If there are any finer details requiring more attention, use the peel 2 CAD-S to go the same area to ensure all the finest geometry is gathered.

Use both scanners to improve efficiency.

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Protect your Equipment

Whenever your in the workshop or construction site there are always potential hazards that could damage your equipment.

Feel confident that your equipment is safe by getting a strong and durable container for your peel 3d scanner.

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