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Using 3D Scanners to Save Time & Money During Multistage Manufacturing

Traditionally, most manufactured goods follow a common process through their lifecycle to production. Design, Manufacture, Inspect is a generalized way to consider process, stages and responsibilities. Each one being key to producing high quality parts. Depending on the complexity and nature of the part being manufactured, the real workflow can have many tuning loops and feedback.

But as new production technologies evolve, new technical challenges arise in manufacturing the best possible part. Oftentimes, significant tuning of the new process is required the first time a contract manufacturer attempts production in order to understand elements such as shrinkage, surface finish and repeatability. Additive manufacturing is no exception and yet tools to track these elements for this production methodology have lagged behind. That is now changing.

The workflow example below demonstrates how Artec Space Spider & Geomagic software together provided total shape capture and analysis on 3D printed wax casting patterns and cast parts, at all stages in the design, prove out, and manufacturing process.


Multistage manufacturing can introduce uncertainty and process deviation which accumulate into end part results which are not accurate. Corrective investigations are challenging to perform, unless a systematic approach is taken with the proper tools


Artec 3D Space Spider scanner and Geomagic® Control X™ metrology and quality management software by 3D Systems


  • Refining the additively-manufactured, tool-less pattern process with 3D scanning and inspection nets improved results with minimum iterations (one)
  • 27% reduction in cost with a 10% increase in total accuracy
  • Close working relationship with a foundry, and analysis of the casting process nets finished parts which exceed foundry expectations with minimum iterations (one)
  • 14% increase in end part accuracy
  • Reduction in finishing cost with reduced secondary machining operations

Artec Space Spider is an ultra-high-resolution handheld 3D scanner that excels at precisely capturing small objects and complex details for dimensional inspection.

With plug and play operation, Space Spider scans objects easily, without complicated preparation and extensive user training, allowing customers to digitize parts anywhere. Artec 3D’s proprietary “target free” algorithms allow the scanner to track the object by its shape and color alone. No need to apply targets to the object.

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