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What is 3D Scanning?

The 3D laser scanning process involves scanning a physical object to collect measurement, size, and shape data. The data collected is used to construct a digital 3D model for reverse engineering and part verification.


In the past, creating these models was a tedious task, and the process could take a significant amount of time to complete. Thanks to innovations in technology, our team can accurately create 3D models of existing products using handheld 3D scanners. This allows our team to cut lead times and produce more accurate models.


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3D scanning can be used in almost any engineering process and setting. 3D scanning technology provides the user with precise measurements and the ability to visualise and modify data with computer-aided design (CAD). The primary uses for 3D scanning include: 

  • Reverse Engineering
  • Part Verification & Quality Control
  • 3D Model Comparison
  • Prototyping
  • Digital Archiving
  • Restoration & Modification

Benefits of 3D Scanning: 

Accuracy: 3D scanning can scan up to millions of points per second depending on the technologies processing speed. This allows for exact measurements of physical parts and objects. 

Fast & Reliable: As mentioned above, 3D scanning is much more time-effective than traditional reverse engineering methods. Scans can be completed with much shorter lead times and are more reliable.

Cost Effective: Much less labour is needed during the 3D scanning process as opposed to more traditional methods of reverse engineering. This helps keeps costs to a minimum and cut lead-times.


3D Scanning Consultation


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3D CAD Drawing


3D Printing

Finished Product


The first step of our scanning process is consultation. We will get in touch with you to fully understand the scope of your project and discuss a project roadmap so you understand what you are getting and when it will be complete.


The second stage of the Process is scanning. This is when we will complete the 3D scanning of the physical object in question. During this phase all the data of your scanned object will be turned into a CAD drawing.


The third stage is post-processing. Our industrial engineers will work with your CAD design and make any alterations required. The scope of this stage will depend on the objectives outlined during our consultation.


The final stage is the completion of your scanning process. The scope of this stage will depend on the original consultation you had with us.

Our Process
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Reverse Engineering

Re-create and manufacture


Here at Afaridan, we are always looking for ways to improve our service to be more accurate, reliable and cost-effective. We now offer 3D scanning to enhance our 3D prototyping and rapid prototyping capabilities. 

Using the latest in 3D scanning technology, our team can precisely capture any project's dimensions, colour, and design. 

As your plastics manufacturing partner, we will always guide you towards the best practices for your specific project.

With Over 25 years of experience within the engineering and product modelling industry, we have the expertise, knowledge and facilities to meet your needs. Whether you require reverse engineering services, part verifications or 3D model comparisons, our friendly team is here to help.

What We Offer

We can provide advice and quotes on anything - from an idea or simple sketch to complex 3D CAD models. Give us a call today!

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