While the internet is a treasure trove of just about everything you can think of, you’d be hard-pressed to find exactly the thing that you need. Take 3D files shared by the community for example, while many models will fit everyday objects that are universally shaped, they’re not always made equally. They have variations just like how humans are unique and we aren’t made the same. So when you have a vehicle you want to modify and require a scanned model to help with the process, the internet has many resources that can be purchased. However, often you’d find that while the model is similar to what you have, there are regional differences. So now you’ve purchased something that is essentially unusable and you’ve wasted more time than you originally wanted to cut down on. Unfortunately this kind of scenario happens more often than you think, as Stuart Nelson (of Nelson Design) can tell you.
Based in Perth, Stuart specialises in Mechanical Design and often deals with clients in the automotive sector. One of his recent client builds bespoke ute bodies and purchased a scan file to start the job. However, what they didn’t anticipate is the differences between the Australian model and the model they’ve bought, which is based on an overseas model. This means that they can’t use the scan data as it won’t give them the accuracy to create custom-made parts.
Fortunately, Stuart was able to solve this regional oversight for his client with the help of the EinScan HX 3D scanner. As his client only required the chasis detail, wheel position and cab back face details, Stuart was able to make quick work of the scanning and provide his client with something that they can actually use and truly make a bespoke piece for the vehicle.
Scanning automotive parts mean working with surfaces that are reflective (chasis) or black (wheels/tyres), that is why EinScan HX was the perfect choice to handle this job. Under Laser Mode, Stuart can rely on the HX’s blue laser to precisely capture the most important sections for accurate measurement requirements. The scan data allows the client to correctly check mounting points and clearance.
Below you can see the scanned chasis within SHINING3D’s scanning software ExScan HX and Creo CAD software.
While Stuart has more experience with Creo and is his go-to software, the EinScan HX also gave him an invaluable tool to add to his arsenal: the Geomagic Essentials software.
Geomagic Essentials is integrated with EinScanHX to make your CAD workflow simpler. Simply take the mesh dense data and imported into GE and let the software do the heavy lifting of converting it into a step file. This not only greatly reduces the file size, but turns it into something that is more easily editable.
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