[Demo project] A 3D scan of part of an enclosure. The moulds used to manufacture this part no longer exist, and there are no digital files of the geometry - yet the manufacturer still receives occasional requests for replacement parts. 3D scanning was used to capture an original part, as documented in this visualisation. As shown in the annotations, designers have many choices to make about how they use the 3D scan, and what level of reliance they place on it. One option is to clean up any defects and isses with the 3D scan file, using it directly to 3D print replacement parts, or create a new mould. The other option is to use this 3D scan as a basis for creating a new 3D CAD file.
can be an important tool to help reverse engineer the design in order to create new moulds, or to utilise 3D printing to manufacture replacements on-demand.