Frequently Asked Questions

At Digitize Designs, we believe in clear communication. Explore our FAQs to get quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about 3D scanning, software, services, and more.

Everyone has questions, whether you’re new to 3D scanning or a seasoned pro. We’ve collated the most frequent queries and provided clear, concise answers to ensure you get the information you need without delay. If you can’t find your question here, our customer support team is always ready to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Consider the size, details, and tolerance requirements of your parts. The Artec Ray offers submillimeter accuracy for large objects, whereas the Artec Micro is ideal for parts under 3 inches requiring 10-micron precision. For larger machined parts with a tolerance of 0.001 inches, Scantech Kscan may be your best value, but for less stringent tolerances, Artec Scanners are recommended.

The Artec 3D Micro II desktop scanner is designed for high-quality scans suitable for jewelry, dentistry, and small industrial parts, providing one-click operation for ease of use.

Artec’s Leo, Ray II, and Space Spider are leading choices for capturing objects, people, and environments to create CGI, AR, and VR game assets.

The choice depends on your specific needs. Geomagic Control X and Polyworks Inspector are robust, paid options, while Geomagic Control X essentials offer great value for basic features.

3D Scanning is often the most efficient and accurate method for creating 3D models of complex objects that are challenging to measure manually.

While the latest iPad Pro and iPhone Pro models can perform basic 3D scanning tasks, they need to match the resolution and accuracy of professional 3D scanners. They are not recommended for precision-required industrial applications. Their LiDAR technology is more suited for enhancing photography and video with depth information rather than detailed 3D scanning.

Photogrammetry uses photos to create 3D models without precise measurements, while 3D Scanning involves direct measurement using triangulation from multiple cameras and a light source, which is necessary for accurate reproductions.

Yes, provided the scanned mesh is watertight. However, there is a potential loss of resolution due to the limitations of the scanner and printer resolutions.

This technique projects a known pattern onto a surface and uses cameras to triangulate accurate 3D data suitable for replicating the original surface. The color of the light (white or blue) matters as it can affect the accuracy on different surfaces.

Laser Scanning is better for dark or shiny surfaces and typically offers lower resolution. Structured Light Scanning provides higher resolution but can struggle with reflective or dark surfaces.

Recent improvements include higher resolution and accuracy, faster data processing, and the ability to capture textures, more effectively accommodating complex geometries and surfaces.

3D scanning is invaluable for documenting and preserving historical artifacts and sites, offering a non-invasive means to capture details for digital archives.

Most modern scanners are compatible with CAD software, allowing direct data importation for reverse engineering or design modification.

Optimal conditions are recommended for precise scans, though advanced scanners have features to mitigate environmental effects like lighting and temperature.

Automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and cultural heritage sectors greatly benefit from the efficiency and precision of 3D scanning.

3D scanning facilitates the inspection of components against CAD models to ensure adherence to required tolerances.

Yes, portable scanners are available for use in various environments, making it possible to scan large or immovable objects in the field.

Automation is possible with robotic arms and software, allowing consistent, high-volume scanning operations.

Scanning data is often saved in STL, OBJ, PLY, and WRL formats, which are widely supported across different platforms.

Adhere to stringent data security protocols, including encryption, access controls, and regular backups to protect sensitive scanning data.

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