3D scanning penetrates all aspects of automobile manufacturing.

3D Scanning Reduces Cycle Time 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 in all aspects of automotive manufacturing.

Advantages of 3D scanning:

  • Efficient to record changes of different design versions
  • Time-saving for automated inspection of automotive parts
  • Flexible enough to assure supplier quality


To be practical for the application in automotive industry, a 3D scanning technique must embody some features. These features include high efficiency, high precision, a large measurement volume, the ability to capture 3D data from complex surfaces or hard-to-reach areas, high adaptability to dark or reflective finishes.

Advantages of 3D scanning

Product Development

Design of a new car

A new car begins with the understanding of future vehicles and inspirations from designers. Designers represent their ideas in hand-drawn sketches. With these sketches at hand, they draw plans on a wall on a 1:1 scale in tape drawings, which show all technical and structural features of the vehicle. Once the tape drawing is complete, they convert the 2D sketches into a 3D model. The designers who stand out from the competition are given the opportunity to represent their designs in a 1:1 scale clay model.

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. And our 3D scanning technology can enhance vehicle design process and improve engineering accuracy. In this way, designers and engineers can shorten the designing and modeling cycle.

Product Development Design of a new car

Quality Control

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.


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

We can obtain complete and high-precision 3D models ready for virtual assembly using 3D scanners. By virtually assembling 3D models, designers and engineers can identify assembly-related problems. It allows them to draw insights from deviation data and optimize the design process.

Reverse Engineering

3D scanners can get the ultra-high 3D data of objects. When transmitting 3D data to 3D modeling software, designers can save the trouble of starting from scratch, which greatly 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.

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