Looking at this 3D model of the compound piping system, you can't help wondering if it’s a real tubular object or its digital twin, so realistic it is. Approximately 12 meters long, 5 meters wide, and 4 meters tall, this system is not only huge, but full of interwoven, multi-layered components. Ranging in size and complexity of the pipes, featuring most intricate fittings, valves, and flanges, this huge object is nevertheless accurately rendered in 3D, showcasing different pipe diameters, lengths, and angles, allowing for an all-inclusive visualization of the entire system. Sleek and smooth surfaces in combination with sharp edges that normally present a considerable scanning challenge are all perfectly captured.
To digitize such a complex assembly of various components, we used the Artec 3D killer combo: Artec Ray II as a main scanner for rendering the entire system with submillimeter accuracy, and the wireless Artec Leo for the unbeatable level of detail and easy scanning of hard-to-reach areas. First, our team captured the pipes with Ray II in 26 different positions at a distance in just an hour, then went on to scan the smaller elements and areas, which are harder to access. Even in a tight space, our scanning professionals were able to move around the object with Leo, taking a mere 30 minutes to complete the job and digitize every bolt, gasket, and hole.
With the precise data obtained, the team took another three hours to combine the scans from both devices in Artec Studio and process them into a final file, refining and adjusting it along the way. Feel free to take a closer look at how components large and small can be shown from multiple perspectives, demonstrating precise geometry and dimensions. The entire network of the overlapping pipes, joints, seams, and valves is there for your meticulous exploration as you zoom in and rotate the model.
The 3D model is ready to be used for design, planning, inspection, and simulation in a diverse range of applications and industries, including manufacturing, plumbing, HVAC, oil and gas, and process engineering.