Why 3D Scanning Important to Aerospace Manufacturing

During aircraft manufacturing, 3D inspection is widely applied to development, design, manufacturing, assembly, testing and MRO (Maintenance, repair, operations), which brings unprecedented efficiency to each procedure.

ScanTech’s world-leading 3D measurement technologies deliver comprehensive 3D solutions for aircraft manufacturers to overcome intractable issues.

3D Scanning and 3D Inspection on Aerospace Manufacturing

3D scanning aerospace

ScanTech 3D measurement technologies truly realize non-destructive inspection. Compared with contact measurement, 3D laser scanning is much faster and more flexible with capturing full 3D data. The 3D data of complicated curved surfaces, turbine blades, and dead angles can also be easily obtained, while the traditional solutions are hard to achieve. The handheld 3D scanners can get complete 3D data without mechanical wear of the aircraft’s parts and obtain deviation color maps. That is an efficient way to provide optimal modification plan and streamline labor cost.

3D Scanning FEA/CFD

In the R&D phase of the aircraft, computer simulations can be performed on various parts through 3D scanning. ScanTech metrology-grade 3D scanners can acquire real CFD analysis models, besides, we can also measure and verify lightweight structural deformation conditions so as to achieve faster optimization.

Wind Tunnel Testing

During wind tunnel testing, the 3D scanning will get the deviations between the scaled-down 3D model and real aircraft to ensure the data accuracy.

Structural Design · Reverse Engineering

Through 3D scanning of the whole aircraft, we can get precise 3D data and then generate CAD models. The dimensions of the fuselage and equipped facilities will be completely reconstruction for further development and design. ScanTech provides the reliable 3D digital solution with lower cost and leading edge technologies.

Quality Control. Virtual Assembly

The 3D model obtained by 3D scanning can be applied to the virtual assembly that can verify the correctness of assembly design, operation by 3D visualization and spatial interaction. ScanTech 3D scanners deliver professional 3D digital support for virtual assembly, which is convenient to timely discover the problems during assembling and modify the model. Therefore, the workflow of quality control during product development and lifecycle will be highly streamlined.

Repair & Maintenance

Maintenance and repair are very important to the product cycle. A high-precision 3D measurement technology is a reliable guarantee for safety.

ScanTech 3D measurement solutions support:

  • Wear and tear analysis
  • Inspection of repair work
  • 3D measurement of damaged/prepared surfaces


3D Scanning Penetrates All Aspects of Automobile Manufacturing


How does 3D scanning help automakers stand out in the highly competitive automotive manufacturing market? Lower development cost, distinctive design, and strict quality control are significant factors affecting automakers’ great strategic goals.

ScanTech has accumulated rich experience in the automotive manufacturing industry these years. We provide professional comprehensive metrology-grade 3D solutions for automakers and all aspects of automotive manufacturing.

Our advanced 3D laser scanners can quickly and easily acquire 3D data of the workpieces. It is convenient to redesign and reshape the products’ appearance through reverse design. Such a time-saving way greatly shortens the product development cycle.

For quality control, ScanTech handheld 3D laser scanners can detect and compare key components such as engines, transmissions, and steering gears. The deviations can be accurately obtained in the production process to achieve high precision with advanced 3D measurement technologies.

Quality Control

Deviations of each position can be easily obtained by comparing 3D data and original CAD drawings, which brings great convenience for dimensional detection of complex objects and curve surface. In addition, data fitting contributes to getting data of coaxially, hole pitch, and assembly clearance and 2D dimensions.

Automotive 3D scanning

Virtual Assembly

3D scanning assembly to obtain a complete high-precision 3D model. The assembly can be simulated through professional 3D software, easy to get the assembly results and analysis. If the virtual assembly fails, the assembly can be later improved based on the deviation data.

Reverse Engineering

3D scanners can get the ultra-high 3D data of objects. When transmitting 3D data to 3D modeling software, it will give data support for shape design, extremely reduce the time of artificial mapping. Moreover, the accuracy of 3D laser scanners can be up to 0.03mm to ensure more accurate reverse modeling, which saves development cost and shortens development cycles for automotive manufacturers.

Motion Analysis

When using 3D laser scanner to perform 3D scanning on car doors and trunks under starting and shutting down, we can obtain structural relationship under different motion conditions, therefore, the subsequent structural analysis and dimensional design will get precise 3D data.


3D Scanning Keeps Creating Excellent Products

3D measurement technologies have a wide range of applications in machinery manufacturing, providing various 3D solutions for its development. Work flow like product design & optimization, FAI, assembly analysis, quality control and simulation can be very effective by 3D scanning. Therefore, 3D scanning is definitely an extraordinary advantage for manufacturing companies.


ScanTech owns rich experience in machinery and customizing products and solutions for different mechanical parts and various inspection requirements. We are dedicated to helping machinery manufacturers more efficiently realize manufacturing demands.

Machinery Manufacturing

3D Inspection

ScanTech 3D measurement technologies truly deliver non-destructive inspection.

Compared with contact measurement, 3D laser scanning is much faster and more flexible with capturing full 3D data. The 3D data of complicated curved surfaces, coaxiality and cylindricity can also be easily obtained, while the traditional solutions are difficult to achieve. However, handheld 3D scanners can get complete 3D data without mechanical wear of the aircraft’s parts and obtain deviation color maps. That is an efficient way to provide optimal modification plan and streamline labor cost.

Reverse Engineering

For reverse engineering of mechanical products, ScanTech handheld 3D scanners can capture high-precision 3D data of objects. The accuracy of 3D laser scanners can be up to 0.03mm to ensure more accurate reverse modeling, which saves development cost and shortens development cycles for machinery manufacturers.


Mechanical wear is inevitable during the fabrication and application of mechanical products. Even small parts also cause huge losses, therefore, products’ maintenance is indispensable. HSCAN, PRINCE, AXE 3D scanner can accurately obtain 3D data of mechanical products, we can correctly find the wear parts and better understand how to maintain the products based on 3D data.

Mould Inspection

Moulds need to be repaired regularly due to mechanical wear, but how to fix and where should be repaired? PRINCE, HSCAN, AXE 3D scanner can quickly acquire the 3D data of whole moulds, and get the color map by comparing 3D data and original drawings. These accurate measurement data build a solid foundation for moulds’ maintenance.


High-precision 3D Scanning Improves Inspection Efficiency on Mold

ScanTech plays an increasingly important role in the field of mold manufacturing due to its more advanced 3D solution technologies. 3D scanners carry a big weight in mold repair, inspection and design for their high accuracy, fast speed and high portability.

1. Mold Repair

Mass production of molds usually causes abrasions and deviations. Manufacturers can use 3D scanning to measure the molds regularly, and compare the 3D model with original CAD. That is how to examine abrasion positions and obtain deviation values. 3D scanning streamlines the process of mold repair and easily reduces errors during mold production.

2. Mold Inspection

Quality assessment of mold contains FAI (First Article Inspection) and quality control. 3D scanner can assist the mold manufacturers to perform the rapid quality assessment in the molding stage. ScanTech 3D software ScanViewer provides accurate data support for deviation correction by comparing 3D model with original CAD.

3. Mold Design

The CAD model of mold can be quickly generated by 3D scanning to facilitate secondary development and mold optimization. 3D scanning helps avoid inevitable mold modification, shorten delivery time, and greatly improve the efficiency of mold design.

4. Mold Database Construction

The 3D data of mold can be reserved in database by 3D scanning. The mold database effectively manages the product’s data, process data, drawings and documents, and also enables the 3D data to be shared and searched conveniently.

Health Care

Metrology 3D Digital Solution to Medical Field

3D scanning technology is widely applied to medical beauty, medical equipment, biomedical engineering, orthopedics surgery, digital dentistry, etc., gradually becoming the foundation of technical innovation in medical field.

ScanTech provides complete and precise 3D solutions for surgeons, health care professionals, and medical equipment manufacturers. Our goal goes to help them easily confront with challenges and grasp opportunities in 3D printing, prosthesis model manufacturing, medical machinery customization, quality control, etc.


Advanced 3D Measurement Technologies Boost Energy Industry Development

Energy is a pillar industry for national economy and national defense construction. The design and quality of the product directly determine the efficiency of energy conversion. Therefore, the energy product development as well as quality control can’t be separated from high efficiency and precision measurement methods.

The energy conversion equipment is usually large and unwieldy with curved surface and complex structure. As a result, that brings measuring and detection a lot of difficulties. Therefore, the traditional measurement methods have a constraint on energy industry development.

ScanTech 3D scanners are characterized by high precision, fast measurement rate, capturing complete & accurate 3D data, strong environmental adaptability and flexibility. These 3D scanners carry a big weight in overcoming challenges for energy industry, accelerate progress of R&D and strictly control product quality, which is how our 3D scanners provide energy industry with powerful 3D technologies.

Application in Energy Industry

– Solar

– Wind

– Nuclear

– Petroleum and natural gas

VR Showcase

3D Scanning Makes VR Accessible

Virtual reality is a powerful man-machine interface, including real time simulation and interaction through a variety of sensory channels. Complex 3D modeling becomes an obstacle in the development of virtual reality technology.

ScanTech 3D laser scanning technologies weaken the complicacy of 3D modeling to popularize VR applications.

Our leading-edge 3D scanners obtain 3D point cloud from object to acquire accurate and high resolution 3D digital models. Handheld 3D scanners such as KSCAN and PRINCE feature in fast speed, high precision, proactivity, real-time visualization, flexibility, and non-contact measurement. These portable 3D laser scanners can be widely used to various applications and greatly improve the efficiency of 3D reconstruction in the field of VR.

Antique & Sculpture

3D Digital Technology Inherits Human Civilization

3D digitization is increasingly used for protection and restoration of cultural relics, construction of digital museums and design of handicrafts. 3D scanning is the fastest way for current 3D reconstruction. 3D scanners are user-friendly and very portable. They can easily acquire the 3D data of objects such as culture relics, sculptures and artworks.

ScanTech iReal 2S color 3D scanner is designed specifically for artists in the field of cultural and sculptural works. It performs very smooth 3D scanning without markers, and generates extremely realistic 3D color models with abundant details and high precision.

3D scanning technology enjoys fast measurement speed and accurate capturing capacity.  It can get enough and precise 3D data from different directions, which contributes to restoration of culture relics in accidental damage. Experts can virtually restore the heritages through computer, and exert 3D models to do assistant researches.

3D scanning is not the only way to be applied in culture relics, 3D printing also contributes to displaying and simulating culture relics. It brings people great chance to get to know culture relics and better understand human beings’ history.


– Protection and restoration of cultural relics
– 3D data archives of cultural relics
– The construction of virtual museum

Protection and restoration of cultural relics


-Process Structure Analysis
-Secondary development design
-3D visualization

Process Structure Analysis

Education & Research

3D Digital Talent Cultivation

With the wide application of 3D digitization, the market has an urgent demand for 3D technical talents. Universities pay more attention to build and cultivate talents team in the field of 3D digitization.

ScanTech 3D scanning technology provides world leading 3D measurement equipment, digital 3D solutions and reliable training services for universities and research institutes. We provide powerful technical support for scientific research, and help institutions cultivate more professional 3D digital talents.


3D Scanning Turns Creative Imagination into Reality

3D scanning technology cuts down the cost of 3D game development and 3D movie production, effectively turning innovative imagination into reality.

ScanTech 3D laser scanners possess advanced 3D measurement technologies. They perform highly realistic 3D reconstruction capabilities in areas such as reproducing real-world objects & characters, constructing virtual scenes, 3D animation production and designing fantastic 3D worlds.