The Utilization of 3D Scanning Technologies for Manufacturing and Improving Workflows

The Utilization of 3D Scanning Technologies for Manufacturing and Improving Workflows

Brief History

3D Scanning technology has been around since the 1980s, but the accuracy and speed at which we can capture data has improved so much that we are even able to capture and record in real-time solutions. What once was at best a novelty or a tedious data capture system using probes and long processing times has transformed into efficient data capturing solutions that can be used for anything between industrial manufacturing methods to forensics.

Why Utilize 3D Scanning Technology

3D Scanning now allows technicians to capture between 10 and 100 μm (microns) reliably and accurately. For reference the average human hair is going to be around 70 μm in diameter [1]. This scope and ability of 3D Scanners now in the market and available through Vector Technology Systems (VTS) allows businesses and individuals the ease of data capturing for reverse engineering and other creative purposes. In fact, it has gotten so accessible and manageable that individuals are taking the technology to spaces others have yet to think about. Recently, Neill Blomkamp directed a film called Demonic where they used photogrammetry rigs and captured data in real-time for film purposes [2].

The ability to recreate computer aided design (CAD) models for production for components that were produced before the age of computers allows businesses to keep building vital parts with machinery and hardware that pre-existed the technology that will be used to produce them now. For example, Vector Technology Systems has worked with businesses that run manufacturing lines for food and general packaging. Some of these systems are nearly or over 100 years old at this point and some of the original blueprints are no accessible or don’t exist. VTS has scanned intact components and allowed these manufacturers to keep vital production lines in operation.

What Kind of 3D Scanning Technologies Exist?

Over the last four decades there have been iterations on similar processes including lasers and structured light. The process in which data is interpolated has continued to improve as well as integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. What was once impossible or incredibly difficult and time-consuming is now approachable and easily captured. The integration of these technologies into manufacturing spaces allows for turnkey, repeatable results. VTS strives to continue this pattern of innovation by consulting with our customers and digging into what their pain points are. Through a little innovation, creativity, and some planning VTS can get you into a series of streamlined tasks for your manufacturing needs today

Toy Scanned Using In house equipment. Later Processed with Our Staff. 


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[1] McAlpine, Jennifer. “How Big Is a Micron?” Benchmark_R_1CWhite,

[2] Jackson, Matthew. “First Look: How Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Demonic’ Broke New Ground with Its Virtual Horror Show.” SYFY Official Site, SYFY, 22 Oct. 2021,

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