How 3D Scanning Optimizes the Design Process of Truck Grille

How 3D Scanning Optimizes the Design Process of Truck Grille

Sep 27, 2019

With the rapid development of the automotive industry, the adjustment of auto parts has become more and more frequent, therefore, manufacturers start to pursue how to shorten the design cycle and improve production efficiency.

As an efficient and convenient measurement tool, handheld 3D scanners overcome the shortcomings of the traditional measuring device. How does laser scanning technology satisfy manufacturers’ needs?


Q1. What kind of things need to be scanned?

Truck grille. In automotive engineering, a grille covers an opening in the body of a vehicle to allow air to enter. Most vehicles feature a grille at the front of the vehicle to protect the radiator and engine.

Q2. Why does the truck manufacturer want to scan the grille?

The manufacturer needs to obtain the 3D data of the grille through 3D scanning for product development.

Q3. What was the traditional measuring tool? Are there any limitations?

People usually use structured 3D scanners to get the 3D data of the truck grille.

However, these 3D scanners have such demerits:

● The shiny surface has to be powder-sprayed.
● The truck grille is covered with many small holes. Thus, the post-process is time-consuming and low efficiency.
● The truck grille is a splicing design with superimposed parts.
● The structured 3D scanner has low flexibility during scanning, and it is hard to capture dead angles and tiny details.

ScanTech 3D Solution

Considering the scanning accuracy and efficiency, we decide to use the HSCAN 3D scanner to finish the whole scanning.

HSCAN adopts 3D laser scanning technology to obtain the point cloud data, even scanning blind areas. This non-destructive testing doesn’t require powder-sprayed, which not only prevents the object from being damaged but also streamlines workflow.

3D scanning of truck grille by HSCAN 3D scanner

3d point cloud data of truck grille

Stl data of truck grille

Time Cost:

Attaching markers: 4 minutes
3D scanning: 3 minutes
Data process: 4 minutes

The HSCAN 3D scanner only takes 11 minutes to finish the whole process. The accurate 3D data and high work efficiency contribute to auto parts redesign. In the future, 3D scanning will penetrate all aspects of automotive manufacturing.

For more cases of 3D scanning applied in the automotive industry, please read below:

Product Design of Automobile Interiors by 3D Scanner

Get Accurate 3D Data for Large Trucks in Short Time?

3D Scanning Makes Well-qualified Car Hood?

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