A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes and captures the geometry and colors ofphysical objects to transform them into digital 3D models. The scanning processcollects sample points from the object’s surface and generates its geometricshape through extrapolation. There are many different 3D scanning technologiesand each one comes with its own advantages, limitations and cost. Stratasystested two types of Creaform 3D scanners: the HandyScan 700 and the Go!SCAN20. These portable 3D scanners can be used for a wide range of applications,offering a simple and intuitive scanning experience, providing fast and reliableresults.The Go!Scan 20 scanner can capture 3D data in color. It provides a very fastmeasurement rate and requires minimal data post-processing. 

The HandySCAN700 is used mainly for taking measurements and reverse engineering. This scanner is fast at delivering accurate and high resolution 3D scans while remaining simple to use.All phases of product design, from concept through manufacturing, can benefit from the workflow combination of 3D scanning and printing. This process can reduce the number of design iterations and the time between each, and lower the total cost of each prototype.

This combination can be useful in a wide variety of applications:

Product design
Reverse engineering
Development of custom dies and molds
Design of jigs and fixtures

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