As we say goodbye to 2010 and approach the start of 2011, here are some trends from 2010 we feel will continue onto the new year:
Affordable 3D Scanning Technologies Fuel Creativity and Innovation
We've seen that 3D scanning equipment such as 3D printers and 3D scanners are getting cheaper this year. As the prices continue to drop, more companies will be able to afford these technologies to reinvent their businesses.
New Applications in 3D Scanning
3D scanning technologies are becoming increasingly adopted in fields outside of 3D reverse engineering. Some innovative applications include:
- 3D scanning weight loss patients by taking before and after body measurements to show more accurate weight loss results
- The Forestry sector is using 3D scanning to accurately measure the height, straightness, taper and volume of the trees: 3D Scanning Applications in Forestry
- Art installations using 3D scanning: The Janus Machine 3D Scanning Installation
Focus on the Complete Work-Flow and Ease of Use
The acquisition of 3D data is ultimately used for other purposes, whether it is for CNC to mill out an object, product design, or quality inspection. 3D scanning systems will not only focus simply on acquiring more accurate 3D scan data, but the shift will be facilitating the ease of use of the 3D data for downstream applications.
This blog post was previously posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 on 3D3 Solutions blog. LMI Technologies acquired 3D3 Solutions on May 1, 2013.
Posted by Thomas Tong