Utilizing 3D scan data for design (1)

In recent years, 3D printing has become more and more mainstream.  More and more industries are finding unique and helpful uses for 3D printing -- one of them being the jewelry industry.  But 3D printing is just one step of the process. Before printing, a 3D model is needed so the printer knows what to print however, designing precise and sophisticated 3D models can be difficult.  

One of the biggest shortcuts for any modeling process is using a 3D scanner that can turn real world objects into computerized 3D data.  In a matter of minutes a 3D scanner can provide users with an easy to manipulate digital design that can boost productivity and competitiveness while significantly shortening production time. 

Despite the value of 3D scanners as an important piece of the 3D printing process, many people are still unfamiliar with it.

In the past, if a customer requested a jewelry reproduction, it was a time-consuming and painstaking process.  For example, if a customer loses one earring and would like another one made, the process would start by placing a photo of the earring in Rhino3D and then begin modeling from scratch while constantly measuring the size.  Even after producing the piece, it would often need repeating because producing accurate replications is very difficult by hand -- and customers seem to always notice tiny inaccuracies.

Conversely, using a 3D scanner takes the guesswork out of modeling as it can guarantee an exact replication. 

This 3D data can be used in 3 different ways. 

 

(1) Using the scan data as-is 

The skull ring was scanned first and the 3D data was scanned without modification. When using a high-resolution 3D scanner, it is possible to acquire highly detailed and accurate 3D data without a modeling process. 

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