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3D Scanning Services

3D Laser Scanning3D scanning has become an increasingly effective and popular way of capturing surface geometry due to strides in accuracy and speed in both 3D scanners as well as point cloud data processing. The resultant measurement data can be highly dense allowing it to be processed in creative and useful ways. Of particular use is the ability to measure with great detail features and characteristics that previously were either extrapolated or simply excluded from conventionally obtained and sparse data.

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Three dimensional scanning can be especially beneficial for:

  • Airfoil shapes such as turbine and impeller blades
  • Organic geometry such as the human form, dental, archeological 
  • Contoured exteriors and interiors of automobiles
  • Any complex non-prismatic geometry with or without variable curvature

Q-PLUS has an extremely wide range of 3D scanning capabilities including triangulating laser, conoscopic laser, white light, blue light, chromatic confocal, time-of-flight laser, phase based, photogrammetry, and various contact technologies.

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 3D Laser Scanning

With this type of 3D scanning system, a laser is projected onto the surface of an object and a camera captures the reflection. The laser can be in the form of a single point, a line, or an entire field of view. When the reflection is captured, each point is triangulated, measured, and recorded, resulting in a 3D rendering of the shape and surface measurements of the object. 




 White Light & Blue Light Scanning

White light scanners, also referred to as structured light scanners, use halogen or LED lights to project a pattern of pixels onto an object. Such scanners also may use other colors of the light spectrum such as blue or red light though the effect or improvement in results is small. The distortion of the pixels created by the object's surface and the resulting light pattern can be measured and used to reconstruct a 3D image.




 Nano Scanning

3D Scanning at the sub-micron level is accomplished with sensors such as confocal white light or white light interferometry. This type of scanning can be used to measure or digitize very small geometry and can also acquire surface roughness data.




 CMM Scanning, Continuous Contact, Touch Probe & Hard Probe

Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) are mechanical systems that use a measuring transducer technology to convert probe and physical measurements of an object's surface into electrical signals that are then analyzed by specialized metrology software. There are many different types of CMMs; the most basic systems use hard probes and XYZ read-outs, while the most complex employ fully automated continuous contact probing.




 Optical CMM Scanning

Some applications call for a portable solution, for example, taking measurements on a shop floor or in the field. In these cases an Optical CMM can be used to gather measurement data for areas that are difficult to reach. The hand-held device transmits data wirelessly and allow the operator to move both the part and the scanner during the measuring process. Using stereoptics to scan an object, the Optical CMM uses 2-3 cameras to track either passive retroreflective or active targets through space. This process allows objects to be rebuilt in 3D via the device's reflectors.




 Articulating Arm Scanning

An articulating arm, is a type of CMM that uses rotary encoders on multiple rotation axes instead of linear scales to determine the position of the probe. These manual systems are not automated, but they are portable and can reach around or into objects in a way that cannot be accomplished with a conventional CMM to perform 3D inspections, tool certifications, CAD comparison, dimensional anlaysis, reverse engineering, and more.



 Digital Contour Tracing

Form and contour tracers are purpose-specific devices that use extremely accurate continuous contact sensors and styli to obtain small-part geometry. These devices are especially useful for scanning objects that include threaded, cylindrical, or rounded features.

 



 Range Scanning

Range Scanning is a type of laser scanning using a time-of-flight laser rangefinder based on LiDAR technology to measure the distance between the laser and the object's surface. The laser rangefinder sends a pulse of light to the object and measures the amount of time it takes for the reflection to return in order to calculate the distance of each point on the surface.

Point measurements are taken by aiming the device at the object and using a series of mirrors to redirect the light from the laser to different areas on the object. Although the process may seem cumbersome, typical time-of-flight 3D laser scanners can collect between 10,000 and 100,000 points per second, which is much faster though less accurate than contact sensors. 

Recent News

Q-PLUS Labs Expands 3D Scanning Arsenal with Big Investment in 3D Scanning

August 2017: Q-PLUS Labs' already impressive arsenal of 3D scanning equipment and capabilities expands even further with the addition of several systems from prestigious 3D scanning manufacturers. These additions will provide customers with repeatable, precise data and structured light scanning accuracies down to 3 microns. In addition to increasing Q-PLUS' array of 3D scanning capabilities, another investment was made to contribute to the company's service offerings for large structured light scanning with a highly advanced, high-end photogrammetry system. Ever committed to providing the best value to customers, Q-PLUS is currently in the process of developing the next level in cutting-edge 3D scanning automation, which we are excited to offer soon! Request a quote

3D Scanning Additions

Q-PLUS Labs Service Spotlight: Part Sorting & High Volume Inspection Services

July 2017: Did you know that Q-PLUS Labs offers Part Sorting and High Volume Inspection Services, both in-lab and on-site as a major division of its comprehensive dimensional measurement & inspection services? Mistakes can be costly, both in time and money, but our expertise can help get you back on track. We deploy experienced personnel and portable equipment to come to your aid at either your facility, your shipment's destination, or by diverting shipments to our lab. Don't let mistakes or out-of-control manufacturing processes prevent you from achieving your objectives, especially when it comes to maintaining your product's integrity, delivering good parts on-time, and preserving your reputation. Let Q-PLUS Labs help you with solutions such as part sorting and high volume inspection, part containment, minor part rework or repair, light assembly, and consulting with our experts to find creative solutions to vexing problems. With over 30 years of experience, we are veterans at deploying skilled and semi-skilled staff in small or large teams to provide accurate and speedy inspection services. Request a quote

Part Sorting Services

Q-PLUS Labs Introduces the GapGun Pro for Revolutionary Speed in Portable Measurement

June 2017: Q-PLUS Labs adds the GapGun Pro to its expansive measurement arsenal. A versatile, hand-held, in-process quality inspection solution, the GapGun Pro rapidly captures measurement data for gap and flush, radius, edge break, burr, countersink, scratch, weld, seal, angle and more. Along with its ability to measure across a wide range of applications, the GapGun Pro also accommodates measurements from carbon fiber to high gloss black paint and chromes. It can also distinguish between different colored parts due to its VChange sensors’ Hi-Range measurement capability which dynamically adjusts the system’s output to allow measurement on multiple surface conditions. Its intuitive user interface enables the operator to always have a read on the results of the GapGun’s full color screen, even in difficult to reach measurement scenarios, allowing the operator to cut down on the amount of time it takes to collect data and increasing overall measurement throughput. 

GapGun Demo