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Old 10-07-2018, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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3D measurement, imaging and realization technology

How Japanese Race Car Manufacturer Accelerates Product Design Process
3D measurement, imaging and realization technology
How Japanese Race Car Manufacturer Accelerates Product Design Process – FARO 3D Blog

I think anyone using cardboard templates to fabricate and fit aerodynamic pieces on to their project car like an inept tailor will like getting a peak at how the pros do it.

Looks to be a 2017 blog entry.

Reverse Engineering: Complex Designs & Black Parts
Previously, Mooncraft carried out its measurements using only 2D instruments such as calipers and layout machines. However, as 3D computer-aided design (CAD) technologies advanced and grew in popularity, car component designs became more complicated as well, and it was no longer sufficient to rely on subjective judgment. This led to Mooncraft introducing the FARO ScanArmŽ – a portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) integrated with a Laser Line Probe – to its operations in 2005.
There is one of those community workshops near me called Maker's Works, I wonder if they have any 3D scanners they are able to loan/rent out to hobbyists.

They have lots of software.


Okay, found their 3D scanners........................

Scanning Objects

Cubify Sense
This hand-held scanner can capture 3D objects as small as 8” x 8” x 8” up to nearly 10’ x 10’ x 10’, with accuracy of about 1mm. Software produces a 3D model in STL format.
I've seen videos of these in use.


The Sense 3D scanner is light, highly portable and small enough to fit in your laptop bag so you can scan data wherever you are and bring it back to the office to complete and enhance your designs.

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1977 Porsche 911s Targa
1998 Chevy S-10 Pick-Up truck
1989 Scat II HP Hovercraft

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Rear Spoiler Pick Up Truck

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Old 10-07-2018, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You do not need to rent anything! It's a good chance you already have it at home:

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What's your plan? Just a heads-up?

The Mooncraft article is only about capture. seifrob points out an alternative, but looking for a link I see that 123D Catch is gone no longer supported.

It only obtains a dense polygon mesh. The Makerworks CAD/CAM toolchain graph (dating to 2015) shows their scanner outputting to an STL file. That's a tool-path.

Depending on what you want to do, a box modeler or parametric modeler might be appropriate.

If you want CFD, and you know you do, then look into Open VDB. It's supported in Blender, which will do animations.
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My local libraries have maker spaces with terminals running SolidWorks design software, laserjet cutter, cnc, several high end 3d printers, and they just bought a Structure 3d scanner.
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