Fraunhofer IGD, a leading research institution for applied visual computing, launched a 3D scanning system that is capable of autonomously scanning objects and determining their printability in real-time.
The system takes the form of a robotic arm that scans an object with as few movements as required in order to come to a conclusion on how an object may be recreated with 3D printing. Depending on the size and shape of the object that is to be scanned, the process can take just a few seconds or only a matter of minutes.
As the object is being scanned, the 3D scanning system's intelligent algorithms create a real-time 3D image of the object, meaning that no CAD models or templates are required, especially when it comes to working with never-before-scanned or printed objects.
Image Credit: Fraunhofer IGD
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