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3D scanner manufacturer SMARTTECH has made an impact on a number of industries, including aerospace and automotive and even textiles. The company has been around since 2000, and has grown and matured alongside the 3D scanner industry – even helping to lead the industry’s growth and maturity. 3D scanners have come a long way since the early days, going from bulky, expensive pieces of equipment to compact, affordable machines that can provide sharper, more complete and accurate images than ever before. SMARTTECH is known for its reliable, accurate 3D scanners, which have been used around the world for a wide variety of applications.

A 3D scanner is only as good as its software, however, and SMARTTECH is dedicated to quality in that area, as well. Its latest release, SMARTTECH3Dmeasure v. 2018, is what the company calls “a milestone in the development of SMARTTECH 3D scanning software.” It offers a new curvature alignment function that allows users to 3D scan without positioning markers or a rotary stage, as well as to easily acquire point clouds of large objects. Users can also create a triangle mesh with one click, simplifying the measurement results processing as much as possible. The project can then be exported into an .stl file and be basically ready for 3D printing at that point. Files can also be utilized for reverse engineering.

New analysis and control modules have been implemented, as well. Advanced measurement functions allow the user to measure the distance between points, calculate the surface area and make a cross section or compare flatness patterns without the use of external software. SMARTTECH3Dmeasure v. 2018 is not only 3D scanner control software but a program that performs basic geometric analysis, as well.

Full functionalities of the new software include:

Measurement module:

  • Curvature measurement
  • Measurement of dark or shiny objects
  • Reduction of markers necessary for marker measurement from five to three
  • New point cloud smoothing algorithm

Point cloud editing module:

  • Curvature alignment
  • Global registration
  • Automatic point cloud cleaning
  • New shading mode

Triangle mesh module:

  • Automated creation of triangle mesh
  • Automated filling of holes in triangle mesh
  • Automated triangle mesh smoothing
  • Triangle mesh can be converted into point clouds

Analysis and control module:

  • Flatness patterns comparison
  • Ability to measure the distance between points
  • Cross sections
  • Surface area measurement

SMARTTECH’s new software further positions the company as one of the most advanced 3D scanning companies in the industry. 3D scanning used to be a difficult and complex procedure, but as SMARTTECH3Dmeasure v. 2018 demonstrates, it keeps getting simpler and simpler thanks to advancements in the software and in the equipment itself. Even complex scans are becoming accessible to everyone, regardless of skill or knowledge level, and falling prices mean that more and more people can take advantage of this technology that was so recently just the province of specific professionals.

Live presentations of SMARTTECH3Dmeasure v. 2018 will be given at TCT Asia, which is taking place between March 1st and 3rd in Shanghai. SMARTTECH will be at stand N1-K16.

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