Select the Right 3D Laser Scanner For Inspection in Manufacturing

Select the Right 3D Laser Scanner For Inspection in Manufacturing

Nov 25, 2022

Experts, engineers, and manufacturers seek precise measurement systems for the inspection of products. Sub-millimeter accuracy, fast measurement speed, and ease of use are among the significant factors to be considered.

Traditional manual measuring tools are usually time-consuming and difficult to use. Optical 3D scanning, a non-contact measurement method, can help streamline the inspection process and increase measurement efficiency.

The following case shows us how a manufacturer chooses a handheld 3D scanner that meets their specific needs and what benefits the 3D scanner KSCAN-Magic brings to the company.

Measure a Welded Coupling for Quality Control

The customer is looking for 3D solutions to conduct precise and efficient 3D measurements for quality control and reverse engineering. The parts they manufacture are mainly machined and welded parts. In this case, the object to be scanned is a CNC machined and welded steel coupling for a tractor. This around 500-mm coupling part features rough surfaces, some of which are polished.

3D scanning a coupling for a tractor

Requirements of the Project

The customer aims to 3D scan the whole part to get full-field data and compare it with the original CAD to identify deviations. This way, the manufacturer can ensure the product is qualified and ready for shipping to its final customers. Therefore, the customer needs a 3D scanner that can capture the whole data of the parts efficiently.

Besides, the portability of the measurement tool is among the top priorities. They need a lightweight and compact 3D scanner that can be easily carried around. An easy-to-use 3D scanner is preferable to reduce the cycle time so that its employees can use it after a short amount of training.

The measurement process needs to be as fast as possible so that engineers can fulfill the inspection tasks efficiently.

Why 3D Scanner KSCAN-Magic

After searching for several mainstream 3D scanners in the market, the customer reached for INVIZION, a reseller of Scantech for help. They used the handheld 3D laser scanner KSCAN-Magic to scan the part, which features a large scanning field to speed up their measurement process. The 6-mm magnetic targets were used to reduce the time for preparation, which means less amount of these targets can fulfill the task. The preparation and scanning took about 6 minutes.

The engineer obtained full-filed scan data of the part, shown below.

3D data, point cloud

Thanks to KSCAN-Magic’s measurement rate of up to 1.65 million MPS and accuracy of up to 0.020 mm, the engineer captured the data with vivid details quickly. The picture below shows that the edges of the numbers are smooth and clear. The point clouds obtained were precise and can be used for further inspections.

scanning results with good details

After exporting high-quality STL data, they compared the part with its original CAD model and identified several key dimensions.

compare CAD model

Benefits of Using KSCAN-Magic

Infrared and Blue Laser Scanning

One of the most innovative features of the KSCAN-Magic 3D laser scanner is that it combines infrared and blue lasers into one device. It provides a wide range of scanning modes: large-area scanning, fast scanning, fine scanning, deep-hole scanning, and built-in photogrammetry. A pair of high-definition industrial cameras on it allows for meticulous 3D scanning.

Easy Operation

Designed in a plug-and-play concept, KSCAN-Magic is easy to be operated for both beginners and professionals with a quick set-up. Thanks to its intuitive multifunctional buttons, users can easily switch between different modes to cater to various scanning needs.

stl file, point clouds

Large Scanning Area & Fast Measurement

KSCAN-Magic’s ultimate scanning area reaches 1440 mm x 860 mm, achieving precise 3D measurement with ease. This 3D scanner delivers an ultra-fast scanning rate of up to 1.65 million measurements per second.

3D scanner KSCAN-Magic, large-area scanning

Metrology-grade NDT Measuring & Easy-to-read Reports

In addition, its scanning accuracy is 0.020 mm, and its volume accuracy is 0.03 mm/m. It is ideal for NDT inspection where ultra-high precision is required. After comparing the scan data with the original CAD model, users can obtain intuitive inspection reports. With deviations in different colors, engineers can identify whether there is conformity and which area fails to meet certain criteria.

inspection report for parts manufactured

Due to cutting-edge scanning technologies and robust performance, Scantech’s handheld 3D scanners have won the trust of customers from all over the world. It is ideal for you to speed up inspection processes and shorten the cycle time for manufacturing.

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