How 3D Scanning Can Enhance Boat Design and Engineering?

Apr 06, 2023

Do you know how to measure a large boat precisely? How can 3D scanning help in measuring a boat? How to optimize your product development?

To succeed in this highly competitive market, manufacturers need to constantly update their products to meet the changing demands. It is also essential to leverage technology and data to enhance product development processes and optimize workflows.

3D Scanning for Product Development

3D Scanning for Product Development

It is crucial for shipbuilders to optimize their product development so that they can craft innovative products. However, it is also challenging, time-consuming, and costly, especially when dealing with complex products with intricate details and stringent quality standards.

This is where 3D scanning can help. 3D laser scanning is a technology that uses lasers to capture the geometry of real-world objects and convert them into digital models. It can be applied in various tasks throughout product development, including design and prototyping.

Scantech’s 3D scanners, such as professional and composite 3D laser scanner KSCAN-Magic and optical tracking 3D scanner TrackScan-P, suit well for scanning large ships and boats.

boat design and engineering

Scan a Boat with KSCAN to Enhance Product Development

Healthport is a company that offers users end-to-end solutions from ideation, strategy setting, and execution for any key business challenge you may have. The customer intended to obtain the CAD data of the boat for reverse engineering.


The boat was approx 12m long, 5m wide, and 2m high. The yacht had a curved and complex shape, with many hard-to-reach areas. It also had reflective and lacquered surfaces on the outside.

3D scanning a hull of a boat

Scantech’s reseller Great Master used the professional 3D scanner KSCAN-Magic to get the 3D data of the yacht. Its different scanning modes met the specific needs of the clients. KSCAN Magic’s built-in photogrammetry ensured overall accuracy.

Its large-area scanning mode (infrared laser) helped capture the data quickly and efficiently. When scanning the dead corners or hard-to-reach areas, its deep-hole scanning mode (single blue laser) performed well in capturing details. The fast scanning mode (blue laser crosses) scanned the reflective metal parts without spraying powder.

3D scanner KSCAN-Magic_Scantech

Benefits of 3D Scanning

The client obtained a full scan of the inner and outer sides of the yacht.

Efficient Measurement

The yacht had a large size and it took a long time to obtain the yacht’s data with traditional measurement tools. The KSCAN scanner performed well in 3D scanning and finished the measurement efficiently.

Efficient measurement, point cloud

On-site Measurement

Traditionally, users needed to move the boat with the help of heavy machinery and prepare the measurement area accordingly.

However, thanks to its robust algorithm and portability, Scantech’s KSCAN-Magic conducted on-site measurements. Both the top and the bottom of the yacht were captured.

On-site measurement, point cloud

Precise Measurement for Narrow Spaces

3D scanning the narrow spaces of the large boat was challenging because of the limited visibility and accessibility. KSCAN-Magic features a compact size and steep view angle. It helped capture 3D data in narrow spaces with high accuracy without missing data during the measurement.

Precise measurement for narrow spaces, point cloud

Built-in Photogrammetry

When scanning a large-scale object, the scanning errors tend to increase over a certain distance. Photogrammetry can help reduce these errors by using large scanning areas and multi-angle positioning to align the scans more accurately.

KSCAN-Magic combines photogrammetry with laser scanning technology, which gives it the advantage of maintaining stable accuracy even for large parts.

Scan a Boat with TrackScan to Facilitate Product Development

Rodosto Marin has been an authorized service provider in the sales of motorized and non-motorized sailboats used for recreational and sporting purposes, motorized boats and yachts, rowboats, and other marine vehicles & accessories since 1985.

boat design, manufacturer

Making a new product is very costly due to research and development expenses. Scantech’s reseller Poligon Engineering helped the company quicken its product development for a massive boat by 3D scanning.

Using 3D laser scanners, the engineer created CAD models from existing boats and designed new boats accordingly to facilitate product development. 3D scanning can enable designers to capture the 3D data of their original ideas more accurately and explore different design variations.

3D Scanning Boats

The boats are 460 cm and 520 cm long, and 190 cm and 210 cm wide, respectively.

3D scanning boats

Scanning a boat is complex because of its large size and shape. The task is even more challenging when the user needs to meet a tight deadline. In this case, the company intended to get a detailed mapping of the boat for crafting a new product.

The engineer used Scantech’s TrackScan-P optical 3D system to obtain the STL data of large and broad parts of the boats quickly and a compact SIMSCAN 3D scanner to get data from the narrow spaces inside the boats.

TrackScan-P Optical 3D Measurement System

Benefits of Optical Tracking 3D Measurement

Thanks to Scantech’s TrackScan-P, the engineer carried out ultra-high precision and dynamic 3D measurement without markers. When paired with a portable CMM T-Probe, it was easy to conduct flexible contact measurements and deliver high-precision 3D data.

optical tracking, 3D scanning, a boat

The user was able to use their expertise and Scantech’s professional 3D laser scanners to scan the boat efficiently. They scanned two boat models in only 1.5 hours. (up to 90% cost saving thanks to Scantech)

point cloud of a boat

The scanning data and the solid model were used for product development projects. The goal was to improve the boat’s chassis structure and functionality for the new 580 models. High-precision 3D scanning saved time and resources by avoiding manual measurements, trial, and error.


3D scanning is a technology that can benefit product development in various ways. It can help designers create and modify complex shapes, speed up the design process, lower costs and risks, and improve quality and customer satisfaction.

Therefore, manufacturers can gain a competitive edge in the market by providing innovative and high-quality products.

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