White Paper

3D Scanning and 3D Printing for Reverse Engineering and Other Applications

In this report, we cover some of the main use-cases of these two technologies, and give an overview of the current 3D scanner market.

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  1. Introduction
  2. How Does 3D Scanning Complement 3D Printing?
  3. 3D Scanning & 3D Printing Applications Examples
  4. How to Compare and Choose a 3D Scanner?
  5. Conclusion


Producing parts that reference real-world objects can be an essential element of technical workflows, from precision engineering to art. 3D scanning is a key piece of this equation, and alongside 3D printing it creates a powerful digital workflow that can simplify and sophisticate processes in a range of industries.

This white paper provides a detailed look into how to start using 3D scanning to improve part design and production. It will look at different scanning use cases across various industries, and showcase real-life case studies, including:

• Reverse engineering to create replacement parts, products with custom ergonomics, and more.
• Replication and restoration of parts, especially in art and jewelry.
• Consumer audio for creating custom earpieces.
• Dental and medical applications, and how 3D scanning is enabling patient-specific workflows.
• Metrology to validate and measure the accuracy of manufactured objects.

By the end of this report, you should have an understanding of how 3D scanning paired with 3D printing can be effectively applied to multiple applications across industries, from reverse engineering, restoration, digital dentistry, replication, and more.

How Does 3D Scanning Complement 3D Printing?

A 3D scanner expands the capabilities of a 3D printer, allowing you to replicate the shape of almost any object.

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