3D Scanning


    Illinois State Archaeological Survey Captures Intricate Artifacts with Artec 3D Scanner

    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on September 19, 2019

    ISAS ScanningThe Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) studies the state’s archaeological heritage, helping to protect, preserve and interpret irreplaceable and non-renewable resources to encourage and promote sustainable development. An integral part of ISAS’s mission includes field and laboratory research projects, as well as the curation of extensive, museum-quality archaeological collections that include artifacts from over 3,000 Illinois sites. 

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      Overcoming Engineering Challenges | Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 3)

      Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on May 29, 2019

      engineering challengesHaving a functional workspace that’s also neat and clutter free may seem unrealistic or temporary at best. Cell phones, computers, tablets, headsets - there just doesn’t seem to be enough room for it all! Over the course of the next eight months, the team of Application Engineers at Fisher Unitech is tackling this problem head-on overcoming engineering challenges with the goal to offer a solution that we can all use for desktop management and organization.

      In part one, we introduced the project plan as well as the tools we’ll use to execute our design including the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD products as well as additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning. In part two, we ran through different design concepts that serve as both functional and creative. In this blog, we share which concepts we eliminated.

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        3D Scanning: What It Is, Applications & Cost

        Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on February 20, 2019

        3D scanningWith an estimated value of $32.78 billion by 2023, the 3D printing industry has become involved in industries ranging from medical and manufacturing to aerospace and automotive. And while most people are aware of the roles that 3D printers and additive manufacturing are playing in innovation, many are still unaware of the impact 3D scanning has had on design. Here is everything you need to know about 3D scanning.

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          Ask an Expert: What is the Best 3D Scanner For Me?

          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2018

          Best 3D scannerIf you’re looking for the best 3D scanner, you don’t have to look far. Artec 3D scanners bring the best handheld scanning technology to the table with the Artec Eva, Artec Eva Lite, Atec Space Spider, and the soon to be released, Artec Leo. Known for high accuracy, high versatility, and low cost - Artec 3D scanners make it easy to incorporate 3D scanning into your day to day activities. With a wide range of industries adopting 3D scanning including engineering, healthcare, entertainment, design, education, fashion, and even historic preservation, it’s important to understand which 3D scanner will be most suitable for your applications.

          If you’re unfamiliar with the technology or just starting the process of adopting 3D scanning in your business, you may be asking yourself a few additional questions such as, “is 3D scanning hard to learn?” or “how hard is it to incorporate 3D scanning into my workflow?". To help guide you through the process and answer these questions I’ve asked our 3D scanning expert and Application Engineer Simon Indrele some of these burning questions.

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            Fisher Unitech Celebrates the Fourth Revolution Awards in Chicago

            Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on December 21, 2017

            Fisher Unitech attends Fourth Revolution Awards On October 18th, the inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards hosted by manufacturing innovation centers mHUB, UI LABS and IMEC took place in Chicago, Illinois honoring talent and achievements in the region’s manufacturing community.

            Product development experts from Fisher Unitech were there to celebrate along with other technology enthusiasts and visionaries in the greater Chicago manufacturing community. Keep reading to learn more about this intelligence and technology driven event and more about the mHUB community.

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              5 Essential Tool Sets for Geomagic Design X

              Danny Jackson Levy by Danny Jackson Levy on July 21, 2017

              Digital fabrication hardware plays a key role in enabling businesses to become more agile in their ability to create and modify designs. Alongside product development, there is a tremendous amount of consideration put into the engineering of tooling for manufacturing a component.

              A challenge that many companies face is the recreation and extraction of features from an existing design that does not have any native CAD associated with it. Be it legacy files, old/outdated tooling, or simply designs that have not been released by a vendor — reverse engineering has become essential to bridge the gap.

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                Using 3D Scanners to Digitize Real-World Objects

                Danny Jackson Levy by Danny Jackson Levy on January 20, 2017

                Digitizing-Real-World-Objects-with-3D-Scanners1Engineers today have a wide array of software in their virtual toolbox which they can use to create precise 3D representations of designed models. However, the typical old school manufacturing facility contains an abundance of legacy components, worn out tools and other parts which may not have accurate CAD data associated with it.

                Enter 3D scanning, a technology integral to the progression of manufacturing through what is described as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’.

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                  3D Scanning Applications: Recreating a Fossil Gravesite

                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on February 27, 2014
                  What do you do when you stumble on a mysterious whale graveyard, but the construction workers have to keep on building? You scan and 3D print the scene, naturally!That's what researchers in Chile did recently, after construction unearthed a graveyard of more than 40 whale fossils. Scientists wanted to be able to peruse the scene, but construction on the Pan-American Highway also had to continue; the solution they found was to bring the Smithsonian Digitization program to create a 3D scan of the graveyard. With the scan in place, they could quickly move fossils out of the way to a nearby museum, but still be able to fully visualize - and create a 3D printed replica of - the original site without having to rush against construction deadlines.

                  "[W]e might have the information to questions that scientists haven't yet had the opportunity to ask," said Adam Metallo, 3D digitization program officer at the Smithsonian.


                  Well, we may not all be able to play with the finished product, but the Smithsonian Institute has kindly made a 360 tour available to anyone online. Explore the Cerro Ballena dig site here: http://cerroballena.si.edu/

                  If you want to learn more about 3D printers, we've got you covered too - check us out at www.fisherunitech.com.

                  And if you were wondering what killed all those fossilized whales? Probably toxic algae.

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