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If 3D scanners are not the ‘go to’ option for your design, production and Quality Control metrology, they soon will be.  Their speed, accuracy and reliability make them the obvious choice for shop floor metrology.

Accuracy up to 0.01mm, simple-to-use intuitive interfaces, and compatibility with all your most popular engineering software are just a few of the reasons to check out Creaform’s best.

Plus, you know, lasers are cool.

It’s not all about the CMM

The UK manufacturing sector recognises the necessity for precision and efficiency, now more than ever. Helping significantly improve the speed and efficiency of engineering teams across every industry is 3D scanning technology.  It is fundamentally changing the workflows, removing bottlenecks, and improving practices in quality control and metrology.

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The Pro’s Of 3D Scanning

3D scanning offers a quick way to capture the surface geometry or real-world objects digitally. Speed and accuracy are the two key features of modern scanners, helping engineers address some of today’s more tricky engineering challenges. Tools like the Creaform HandySCAN lead the way in terms of quality and reliability, proving indispensable for engineers aiming to deliver better products more quickly.

Which Industries Can Utilise 3D Scanners?

Oil And Gas

The application of digital 3D scanning technology spans various industries, highlighting its versatility. In oil and gas, for example, engineers utilise laser scanning extensively for the design and inspection of piping and mechanical structures. Achieving a fraction of a millimetre-level accuracy, this technology is instrumental in ensuring components meet stringent quality standards or that ‘in-service’ components can be accurately inspected to identify dents, cracks, or surface defects.


In the aviation industry, where precision is paramount, 3D scanning facilitates part inspection to ensure adherence to the approved design specifications, ensuring aviation components meet the highest standards of safety and reliability.  Similarly to the Oil and Gas industry, scanners can be used to perform non-destructive testing (NDT) on in-service parts, greatly reducing aircraft downtime.


The mining sector also benefits from 3D scanning, using the technology for tasks such as pipe routing and mechanical design. The technology’s capability to ensure optimal alignment contributes significantly to mining activities’ operational efficiency and safety.


In the automotive industry, 3D scanning is used for everything from prototype development to full-scale production. The ability to quickly and accurately capture the geometry of vehicle components allows for more precise quality control and faster iteration of design changes, resulting in improved vehicle performance, as well as reduced time to market.


3D scanning technology has revolutionised the medical field by enabling the creation of highly accurate and personalised medical devices and implants. Surgeons can now plan and execute complex procedures with greater precision, while also developing custom prosthetics using 3D scans that perfectly fit individual patients. This not only enhances the quality of care but also significantly improves patient outcomes.

Consumer Products

The consumer products industry leverages 3D scanning for design verification, quality assurance, and rapid prototyping. Companies can now produce more innovative and high-quality products at a faster pace, meeting consumer demands more effectively. This technology allows for precise control over product dimensions and features, ensuring consistency and reliability in mass production.

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How 3D Scanners Improve Quality Control

3D scanning enhances quality control processes across any manufacturing industry. By providing a means to conduct detailed inspections quickly & reliably, it not only improves productivity by removing the bottlenecks of traditional metrology tools but also optimises production workflows, leading to cost and time savings.

As the UK manufacturing industry strives to meet current and future engineering challenges, integrating 3D scanning into quality control and metrology practices proves a real competitive advantage.

3D scanning is not a silver bullet and doesn’t replace CMMs or other technologies in certain circumstances, but it should, without a doubt, be an extra tool in your workflow. Over time, it’s easy to use, and super-fast functionality will become the standard in metrology, helping to make better products, with fewer defects.

In summary, 3D scanning is transforming manufacturing, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in precision, efficiency, and quality. Its adoption is essential for engineers committed to excellence, offering a way forward in maintaining the UK’s position as a leader in industrial innovation.

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