3D scanning means that a digital 3D image is made of any object on the basis of a few thousands to million points in the reference area. Each of these points has a unique X, Y and Z coordinate. The resulting point cloud can be used later as the basis to produce a 3D surface or solid CAD model. Or milling can be done directly on the basis thereof.
This point cloud can also be used for 3D measurement checks in case of complex objects, or objects that are not easily accessible. Catech can scan both optically – by means of laser scanning – or mechanically – by means of a probe. Depending on the assignment the right method will be chosen.
Before a physical workpiece or prototype is made, Catech will first make a design or full 3D computer model. Catech uses several high-end software packages for the CAD part. The most important ones being Powershape, Solidworks and Capvidia. The software used depends on the shape and complexity of the object.
Upon approval the digital model – of which a photorealistic image can be made – is sent to the right equipment via the CAM software.
Always aiming for the very best result, Catech goes beyond the physical production of your item. Guided by the motto “measuring matters” Catech compares the scan data or the computer model to the 3D model. During this measurement any deviations are clearly marked and adjusted.
This is how you can be sure of a professional development and finishing, which is accurate and absolutely true to the original.