There are devices that can take an object and build a digital version of it in real time. This might sound interesting yet pointless at first, but it actually has furthered many industries in unique ways. 3D scanning, coupled with 3D modeling, has put many new ideas in the hands of those in technology industries.
3D modeling programs take a lot of learning to use properly. They must also be used over the course of weeks to create a good model for a video game or movie, for instance. 3D scanners are changing the way this is done by allowing developers to mold a sculpture, scan it, and then work with the framework based on the scan, which saves weeks of valuable time.
3D printing goes hand in hand with 3D scanning. If you were to have 3D model in digital form, special printers could print out an actual model of it in perfect form. The printer is specially designed to create the object with a material such as plastic or derivatives of plastic. For when needing a physical model, whether for art or for business uses, 3D printing has become the staple.
Scientists have come to adore the 3D modeling systems and software that have emerged. Using 3D modeling, scientists are now able to quickly send visuals and images, down to the finest indent, to their colleagues. This is ideal for the archaeologist who needs to share findings at the point of discovery. The benefit is that the view is 3D, and not just planar.
The human mouth is a complex system, as any dentist will tell you. Braces, retainers, and other oral devices all need to be custom fitted in order to function properly. Conventionally, this is done through molds that are not always perfect. Through 3D scanning of the mouth, dentists are able to get an exact fit every time. It also serves as a useful reference to show progress, and to project how progress will be made in the future.
Architects love 3D modeling, since they can take a real-world model and have a digital version sent to a client in a matter of hours if tweaking is needed. Digital architecture models are also good to have around for reference when maintenance personnel need to fix a particular area of the building. 3D scanning of large models or unusually tall models can take longer, if it’s possible at all.
There are plenty of uses for 3D scanning. There are now businesses that can offer 3D scanning devices for consumer-grade prices. There are also services emerging that allow you to send in objects to have scanned, and then receive a digital version and the original object back. Thus, anyone can get started with 3D scanning.