Automotive 3D Scanning with SCANTECH: From Classroom to Industry

Automotive 3D Scanning with SCANTECH: From Classroom to Industry

Apr 03, 2024

In an industry driven by precision and innovation, vocational education is crucial for grooming future professionals. The significance of advanced technological tools in enhancing educational outcomes was highlighted at a recent national vocational skills competition in China.

partnership with an educational institution

Here, SCANTECH, through its partnership with an educational institution, showcased how advanced 3D scanning can help in vocational teaching.

Using Scantech’s iReal 3D Scanner for their open course titled “Production of Car Clay Models for New Energy Vehicle”, the teaching team from Anhui Business College of Vocational Technology in China secured the first prize in the prestigious 2023 National Vocational College Skills Competition in the teaching ability category.

This collaboration exemplified the scanner’s role in elevating automotive design education and SCANTECH’s dedication to advancing educational innovation.

Understanding Car Clay Modeling

Car clay modelling is an essential stage in the automotive design process, serving as a bridge between initial concept sketches and the final product.

This stage involves creating full-scale, three-dimensional models from clay, providing a tangible representation of the vehicle for evaluation.

The process allows designers to assess aesthetics, ergonomics, and the overall design in a real-world context, facilitating necessary adjustments to optimize the design before moving to production.

The process traditionally depends on the expertise of sculptors, who shape and refine the clay to accurately reflect the design vision.

Despite being labor-intensive and time-consuming, this step is critical for achieving the desired balance between form and function.

The physical model is a crucial tool for collaboration across various teams, including engineering, manufacturing, and marketing.

3D scanning allows for the digitization of clay models, leading to faster design iterations within virtual environments.

The process becomes more efficient, directly impacting the educational approach by providing students with a practical understanding of design modifications and digital workflows.

This adaptation to digital tools in automotive design education aligns with the industry’s move towards innovation, aiming to equip students with relevant skills for today’s automotive industry challenges.

Detailed Scanning Process and Data Acquisition

The incorporation of SCANTECH’s iReal color 3D scanner into the automotive design curriculum marks a significant shift towards modernizing traditional teaching methodologies.

In the classroom, educators leverage this technology to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, guiding students through the comprehensive process of digital automotive model design and creation.

The color 3D scanner iReal, known for its user-friendly interface and straightforward operation, is an excellent tool for students. With minimal guidance, they can effectively utilize it to capture 3D data of clay models.

Setup and Preparation

Setup and Preparation

The process starts with an introduction to the iReal 3D Scanner, covering its operational principles, setup, and the adjustment of scanning parameters for various projects.

This part of the lesson focuses on the scanner’s capabilities and how it can be adapted to different design needs, preparing students for the practical aspects of digital scanning.

Scanning in Action

Scanning in Action

The iReal 3D Scanner employs structured light to capture detailed surface data of clay models at a high rate of accuracy and speed. This method accurately records the model’s geometry, ensuring a comprehensive digital representation.

This demonstration of the scanning process highlights the precision and efficiency of using 3D scanning technology in capturing complex designs.

Data Processing

Data Processing

Following the scan, the captured data is processed into a detailed 3D digital model.

The scanner’s software plays a crucial role in this stage, employing algorithms to refine the data and produce a model that accurately reflects the original clay model.

The 3D model created can serve for archiving and re-use, facilitating the further verification and modification of design.

Through practical application
the iReal 3D Scanner

Through practical application in the classroom, the iReal 3D Scanner proves to be an indispensable tool in connecting conceptual design with digital modeling.

Utilizing the iReal 3D Scanner’s non-contact 3D scanning technology, educators can swiftly and accurately acquire 3D data, significantly reducing the measurement time required for reverse engineering lessons.

This approach is not only more efficient but also reduces the time cost compared to traditional methods, facilitating a more interactive and efficient learning experience for students in the automotive design industry.

Educational Advantages of 3D Scanning Technology

3D scanning technology directly enhances student engagement by enabling hands-on experience with real-world automotive design challenges, thereby bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical application.

The integration of SCANTECH’s iReal 3D Scanner into the automotive design curriculum brings several key advantages to the educational process, fundamentally enhancing both teaching and learning experiences.

Clarifying Complex Concepts

Clarifying Complex Concepts: 3D scanning makes intricate design principles more accessible, allowing students to examine and understand detailed models directly.

Boosting Engagement: The interactive use of the iReal 3D Scanner in class encourages active participation, making learning more engaging and effective.

Boosting Engagement

Accelerating Design Process: By facilitating rapid transition from physical to digital models, 3D scanning enables quicker iterations, enhancing students’ ability to refine designs efficiently.

Aligning with Industry Standards: Familiarity with 3D scanning prepares students for the expectations of the automotive design industry, equipping them with sought-after skills.

Encouraging Teamwork: Digital models promote collaborative learning, as students can easily share and work on designs together, developing essential teamwork skills.\

Extending SCANTECH’s Impact: Industrial 3D Scanning in Automotive Manufacturing

SCANTECH’s iReal 3D Scanner has established its value in the realm of automotive design education, demonstrating how our technology enhances learning and creativity.

Beyond educational applications, SCANTECH expands its impact into the automotive industry with a line of industrial 3D scanners.

These tools are engineered to meet the exacting standards of automotive manufacturing and design, focusing on delivering precision and efficiency.

Encouraging Teamwork

Recognized for their speed, accuracy, and detail fidelity, SCANTECH’s industrial handheld 3D scanners enable effective quality assurance for both standard and customized parts, including car interiors and stamping sheet metal parts, facilitating a streamlined validation process that upholds the industry’s high-quality production standards.

our 3D scanning technology
automated measurement systems

The integration of our 3D scanning technology into manufacturing workflows represents a strategic enhancement of the product development process.

By incorporating SCANTECH automated measurement systems, companies can shorten their product development cycles.

This improvement allows for a quicker response to market demands while sustaining quality, illustrating a significant shift towards more efficient and adaptive manufacturing practices.

fostering partnerships

At SCANTECH, we are committed to driving forward the digital transformation within the automotive manufacturing sector.

Through continuous improvement of our products and technologies and fostering partnerships worldwide, we aim to support the industry’s transition into a digitally advanced future.

Our focus is on delivering 3D solutions that enable automotive companies to navigate modern manufacturing challenges effectively, maintaining their competitive edge in an ever-evolving technological environment.

For educators and industry professionals looking to embrace the future of automotive design and manufacturing, explore how SCANTECH’s iReal 3D Scanner and our suite of industrial 3D solutions can transform your practices. Visit our website or contact us today to learn more about our innovative 3D scanning technologies.

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