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3D scanning is an important part of quality assurance, prototyping, manufacturing, and reverse engineering. The precise 3D blueprints and rapid workflows enabled by light-based non-contact metrology solutions make them an important technology that can have measurable benefits on an organization's bottom line.


Computer Aided-Design (CAD) and reverse engineering play a major role in manufacturing, quality, analysis, and research. As industries move towards more advanced, automated, and scalable processes and 3D scanning continues to see a surge in popularity, the importance of CAD and 3D reverse engineering in particular will only increase.

Quality is one of the most important aspects of manufacturing today. Businesses must be able to trust that the systems they use will do what they need in a timely manner. Consumers place high demands on products and expect brands to live up to them. A reputation for poor quality can break a business by jeopardizing a brand image and consumer trust. This means that businesses must have robust, precise, and scalable quality processes and tools in place to remain competitive.

With the explosion of 3D printing reaching users ranging from worldwide manufacturing organizations to families looking for an innovative way to encourage creativity, it’s no surprise that more and more of the population are eager to incorporate it into their professional and personal lives.  This technology, that at one time was only available at a high cost thought impractical to leading businesses and manufacturers across many industries, is fast becoming a mainstay in countless applications.  As companies and startups alike shift focus to accelerating product development, 3D printing has provided drastic improvements to prototyping, production, and proof of concept models throughout varied industries.  Before we get into the details of its operation, let’s take a look back to see how long ago this tech became available.

3D scanning is a technology that is changing manufacturing and engineering processes in every industry. The 3D scanning market is projected to reach $5.9 billion by 2013 (Source: MarketsandMarkets). Given this statistic, it’s easy to see that understanding 3D scanning technology and the impact it can have on your business will help you retain a competitive advantage. In this article, we will dive into the topic of 3D scanning software.

Optical metrology, including structured light scanners like ATOS, is quickly revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. Many of the leading companies in the aerospace and automotive industries rely heavily on optical metrology in order to verify parts. Structured light scanners have increasingly become faster, more accurate, and easier to use.

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