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What: Pragmatic solutions for additive manufacturing when CAD data is unavailable (an Antonius Köster webinar)
When: June 7, 10:00 am CET (8:00 am UTC)
The last decade has seen a rapid growth in additive manufacturing technologies, and if you’re trying to keep abreast of what’s new and trendy in the industry, you may sometimes get the feeling you’re swamped by an avalanche of news releases, product reviews, and market analysis reports.
If you’re looking to adopt additive manufacturing in your business or upgrade your current 3D printing system but aren’t sure what to start with, we recommend you turn to one of our trusted partners in your region. One such partner is Antonius Köster, based in Meschede, Germany. Awarded the Gold Certified status through Artec 3D’s annual certification program year after year, which shows his extensive knowledge of our products, Antonius deals Artec handheld scanners and CAD software and is very well versed in getting 3D data ready for 3D printing. And that’s exactly what will be covered in Antonius’ upcoming webinar, scheduled for June 7.
In an ideal world, if you need to print out, say, a replacement of a broken mechanical part, you’d want to send its 3D model to a 3D printer. More often than not, the original CAD model of the part will be missing, unavailable, or too expensive to buy from the manufacturer. What do you do in a situation like that? You recreate the CAD model via 3D scanning.
A professional 3D scanner will capture all surfaces of the object in a fraction of time and with submillimeter accuracy. Post-scan, you can fuse the 3D data into a watertight mesh model manually or let the software run the process for you. The mesh can be edited along the way and either sent to a 3D printer right away or converted to a CAD model first. In a CAD environment, you’re offered a selection of tools for modifying the model of the mechanical part to be printed out. You may want to use them if you think a new design could improve certain properties of the machine the new part will be installed in, such as its performance, durability, energy efficiency, you name it.
Now, what 3D scanner do you need to create a quality 3D mesh model of a real-world object? It mainly depends on the size of the object, the resolution and accuracy tolerances of a particular project, and your budget. In his webinar on Monday, June 7, Antonius Köster will demo three handhelds widely used in industrial design and manufacturing: Artec Eva, Leo, and Space Spider. Larger objects fall within the domain of Eva and Leo, the latter offering automatic onboard processing of 3D data without being tethered to a laptop or tablet or an external power source during scanning. Space Spider is just the ticket for smaller objects abundant with intricate details. Each of the three scanners captures texture, and none of them needs targets to be attached to the surface of the object for ensuring stable tracking during scanning, which makes Artec solutions versatile tools suited not only for industrial sectors but also for 3D digitizing priceless cultural artifacts in museum repositories or fossils at archaeological sites.
Whatever your industry or application, using a robust and precise 3D scanner is the way to go if you need to obtain a 3D-print-ready file in a matter of minutes. So make sure you tune in for the upcoming webinar that will focus on challenges and solutions at each stage of the process. As well, you might want to inquire about special prices of Artec 3D scanners bundled with professional CAD software for inspection and reverse engineering, such as Geomagic Control X, Design X, Freeform, and Wrap. All the more reason to go ahead and sign up for the Antonius Köster webinar right now.