Tracy Watson 05/08/2019 #3D #Popular 9 min read Over the course of human history, we have been trying to replicate 3D objects. The invention of the computer in the early 1960s has led to the development of the most advanced methods, such as VR technology and 3D scanning. However, in this article, we will focus on just 3D scanning and show its benefit to a wide array of industries. 1. 3D Scanning in Education 3D scanning is becoming more and more common in classrooms all over the world. Best of all, students do not need to have advanced 3D CAD modeling skills. They can use sculpting clay, or anything similar, to create 3D print models that would otherwise be impossible to produce by software alone. This really makes education more fun and intuitive for students, and it makes the job of teachers a lot easier. For example, if the students are learning about dinosaurs in class, they will be able to actually make them with precise details, instead of just reading about them or using software to produce a 2D display. This is only one application of 3D modeling in the classroom, and you can expect it become more widely used as time goes on. 2. 3D Scanning Architecture Having the ability to create a high detailed model of a building opens up a lot of possibilities for architects. They will be able to obtain more accurate measurements and utilize and visualize the received data fully. This means that the design and construction processes will be more effective since a lot of calculation errors will be eliminated. Customer satisfaction will increase as well since the project will be done on time. It can also be used for renovation purposes since both the interior and exterior of the building can be scanned and companies can produce detailed visualization about future improvements. 3. 3D Scanning in Fine Art Both artists and historians are increasingly scanning artifacts to create 3D printable versions as well as for archiving and curative purposes. With 3D scanning, they can classify any form of cultural heritage, analyze it, and share it across the research community. If they are able to achieve a replica of the artifact, they can study it hands-on without any risk of damage. They can also use it to restore works of art that have degraded over time. Also, they can use the scan to show others exactly how they would like it to look like once all the processes are complete. 4. 3D Scanning Medical Applications Recently, 3D scanning has proven itself to be an essential tool in the healthcare industry. One of the most interesting uses is in prosthetics. 3D scanning and modeling services can design and reproduce any human limb with pinpoint accuracy. That means that the patient will be able to use the prosthetic with more comfort and minimal pain. If we combine this with 3D printing, the entire process can be done faster and cheaper than with traditional methods. 3D scanning is also used by surgeons to study better and understand the body parts that they will be operating on before the procedure itself. This will allow them to make more informed decisions and increase the chances of a successful operation. 5. 3D Scanning in Science Scientists are continually studying an object, theory, or anything else. With 3D scanning, they can recreate a model of anything they would like to learn more about. For example, geologists can study the topography of any region on the planet without having to travel to the site itself; etymologists can take a closer look at any insect they would like and many other applications. Future Expectations As 3D scanning goes mainstream, all aspects of the design process will become more efficient, thus offering consistent readings and eliminating the need to redo anything. You will be able to create multiple versions of the same design, which means that you will not have to actually create it until you are completely satisfied with it. Businesses will be able to use 3D scanning to get the most out of their investments. They can use artificial intelligence in addition to 3D scanning to make decisions based on specific criteria which the human eye might not be able to detect. For example, airline companies can use such technology to determine whether a dent or any other small damage to the aircraft requires immediate attention or it could wait until a future date. This will increase the level of quality control in travel and any industry that adopts such technology. As 3D scanning becomes more advanced, it will be essential to the business operations in many industries. It has the capability to take raw data and visualize it for better understanding and analysis. This alone will transform the way meetings are conducted because there will no longer be a need to explain the meaning of certain data or its impact on the enterprise. It will also streamline and automate specific processes to improve accuracy and lower the time you have to invest in creating something. With all of these uses and advantages in mind, companies need to start investing in 3D scanning technology to increase the efficiency of business processes further and get an edge over the competition. This technology is becoming increasingly used across industries, and if you are not using it to increase your business efficiency, your competitors most likely are.