The latest studies into 3D laser scanning show that  laser scanning increases productivity reducing overall project costs.

Laser scanning can be used by almost anyone for a number of reasons, manufacturing, law enforcement, construction entertainment and archaeology to name a few.

For more information on the market research carried out by ARC Advisory Group read on……

Click on the link to the study by ARC Advisory Group.

http://www.arcweb.com/AboutARC/Press/2011/07/3d-laser-scanning-market-expected-to-double-in-size-by-2015.aspx

Having been in the laser scanning business for over 12 years Shane Rolton Managing Director of Wysiwyg 3D has witnessed firsthand the changes in laser scanning technology.

What were dreams 10 years ago are everyday applications today!

Laser scanning technology is improving all the time, the scanners are now producing high quality data, computers are 64 bit and now able to support large data files and the software has improved reducing labour costs.

Back in 1999, a “HUGE” file was anything with more than 50,000 points.  We were using Pentium 4’s with 256mb Ram.  Today, a huge file is measured in the 100’s of millions of points!  Today’s workstations run 24Gb ram, multiple Xenon processors each with multiple cores, with graphics cards of 2+ Gb Ram!

Processing to scanning time ratio back in 1999 was approx 5:1.  For each hour of scanning approx 5 hours where required to process through to a surface model.  In 2011 this ratio is approaching 2:1.  These improvements in efficiency have come about through computing power improvements, 64 bit applications and operating systems, software functionality and higher quality of the raw scan data.  If you or your scanning provider is using hardware that is more than 2 years old then you are costing yourself time!

Hardware is becoming more affordable.  You can buy software off the internet, then go to Jaycar and purchase a laser pointer, projector and a digital camera and build a “3D scanner” – not a very good one, but it will generate points in 3D.  When you then need high accuracy and fine detail the costs increase.  The old saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true in the world of 3D scanning hardware!

Over the years we have been approached by just about every conceivable business sector with items requiring 3D scanning, from dental, automotive, aerospace, transportation, engineering analysis, forensics, animation, movies, building heritage, and even the adult toy industry.  People ask me what industry do we work in and the simple answer is – “the 3d shape industry!”

How believable is the ARC report into the future? Based upon the previous 12 years of change I’d say they have been conservative!  3D scanning has become a standard step in many sectors’ workflows and I can only see this adoption growing in the coming years. – Shane Rolton BE Mech. MD Wysiwyg 3D Pty Ltd.