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At Capture 3D, our ATOS scanners produce detailed scans at high speeds. It’s more accurate than other scanners such as non-contact 3D, blue light laser, optical measuring or white light. This is because the blue light can capture millions of points more quickly due to advanced technology in the hardware and software. As opposed to traditional coordinate measuring machines, blue light 3D scanners can get a measurement in as little as one second. A CMM will take single measurements at each programmed point, but the hardware behind the ATOS scanner gets full-field scans through its optical non-contact measuring system.

Because of the intelligent software in portable 3d scanners, they can more easily detect problematic areas. After an inspection from the cameras, a 3D color map is produced that highlights those problem areas. Unlike traditional measurement technologies that don’t catch quite as many details and could take hours, sometimes weeks longer to produce the desired results, GOM 3D scanners speed up workflows and minimize costs from having to rework scans.

Making 3D scanning workflows more efficient and scalable is our goal at Capture 3D. Switching from traditional CMMs to the GOM blue light scanner prevents backlogs and helps teams focus on the most important aspects of their projects. Rather than a probe taking measurements from the product’s surface, lenses and blue light metrology collect surface geometry without contact. Keep your workflow dynamic and implement GOM 3D scanners for more meaningful feedback on parts and stronger inspection of measurements. In this piece, we’ll dive into some of the features and specifications to pay attention to when evaluating blue light scanning solutions and discuss some common applications for the technology.

ATOS Triple Scan

Automated measuring and inspection from the ATOS ScanBox use complete optical 3D measuring to ensure quality control and to streamline the production and manufacturing process. A benefit of the GOM blue light scanner is that it captures full-field data rather than point-based data — it’s more comprehensive.

Blue light technology

Filtering out ambient light during image acquisition makes for a clearer final product with fewer repeat scans because of imprecise image reading. The triple scan is an optical digitizer that takes measurements rapidly in 3D. Because the blue light is so powerful and the scanning is done in one to two seconds, critical details such as holes, edges, and radii are not missed.

ATOS sensors

Intelligent software in blue light scanners implements self-monitoring systems to detect changes in outside conditions and offset any inconsistencies that may occur during image acquisition. It is crucial to pay close attention to calibration monitoring and environmental changes when scanning with such precision. The sensors in blue light scanners make adjustments in real time to fully read the image being scanned.

High resolution

The ATOS triple scan was built to adapt during scans so it can gather measurements from something as small as 38mm to something as large as 2m. When paired with TRITOP, the ATOS scanner can read measurements even larger — over 30m with the same precision and high-quality resolution as a smaller product. Flexibility and adaptability are what make the GOM blue light scanner a more efficient manufacturing aid.


Because all of the hardware and software used in blue light 3D scanners are engineered in the same warehouse at GOM Germany, all of it is compatible. You’ll never have to worry about new software not synching with the hardware. They are produced together to assist in the enhanced optimization both GOM and Capture 3D promise their customers.

Blue light scanner applications

In the medical field and surrounding research industries, 3D scanners and TRITOP photogrammetry have allowed doctors, researchers, and medical companies to use the data from blue light scanning to engineer the highest quality solutions and enhance their research. The GOM blue light scanner can create a 3D human torso and organ models that are proportional to the human body. First, reference points are placed on the torso using a photogrammetry camera. Once those coordinates are measured, the organs are removed and the ATOS 3D scanner individually digitizes the parts to ensure no further reference points need to be taken. The separate parts are then assembled on a black breadboard and more data is measured to merge all views into one coordinate system. Because of the complexities of the human body, the organs can be distinguished by color. The ATOS scanner digitizes, but digital color cameras use photogrammetry measurements and then project that information into digitized data.

Blue light scanning for forensic science

Forensic science and the study of DNA have been utilizing 3D scans to get more precise data for the administration of justice. Digitized data can be taken from a crime scene so that events can be reconstructed and analyzed in a non-invasive way. ATOS 3D blue light scanners and photogrammetry record the actual shapes of people or items involved in a crime scene. High-quality measurements and data help researchers more accurately narrow their search for a manner of death. The high resolution of scanned information allows those in the forensic field to more easily determine what type of tool or weapon might have been used in death. Because of the technology in a triple scan, the smallest measurements, such as a small surface of a weapon, to something as large as a whole vehicle can be scanned. ATOS and TRITOP technology work well to offer comparisons in forensic studies. Analyzed data from a deformed surface compared to the same data from a surface that hasn’t been destroyed gives forensic scientists a better idea of how certain accidents happened because they can string together images placed in an established chain of events.

Blue light scanning for aerospace

The world of aerospace and aircraft production has benefitted from blue light 3D scanning as well. Whether it’s for commercial, defense, or space industries, being able to speed up the manufacturing process and use documented files for faster reproductions that still meet safety regulations saves in labor and cost. Components such as blades, engines or stators can be quickly scanned, produced and filed into a 3D digital definition and then archived for use during future iterations or productions. The digitized data supports CAD model creation and allows for more accurate Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analyses. Blue light scanning is complex and provides such a high-quality measurement that problem areas can easily be detected and performance improvements can be completed with ease. Similar to the torso and organ measurements, color mapping allows engineers to conduct fewer iterations.

Blue light scanning for injection molding

Plastic and injection mold manufacturing time can be optimized when ATOS scanners and TRITOP photogrammetry are used for prototype and tool construction, inspection, analyses, and load testing. During the tool building process, you can save up to 50 percent of the time you would normally spend on data analysis and re-scanning various iterations. Because of the way the software works, trends can be drawn based on monitoring during manufacturing. The digital assembly of scanned components allows you to visually compare scanned parts with CAD models. You can thus assess assembly, form, fit and finish issues. If your non-contact ATOS blue light scanner can’t reach certain deep cavities or hidden features, add the touch probe inspection add on that is customizable to the type of manufacturing you would be doing.

Interested in learning more about blue light 3D scanners? Contact us today!

Interested in GOM blue light scanners or other metrology products to supplement your work or need more information? Visit our 3D scanners page now! From 3D scanners to 3D software to photogrammetry technology, we offer a wide variety of blue light scanning hardware and software to give you the most accurate measurements and digitized data for your research and manufacturing. Reach out to find the right product for you, learn more or meet with our team. We’re excited to hear from you!

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