How 3D Laser Scanners Work & How We Save You Time & Money

Excedr - 3D Laser Scanners

Excedr’s leasing program is able to source all instrument types and accommodate any brand preferences you might have. Request a laser scanner lease estimate today and see how leasing can discount your 3D metrology equipment’s price.

All equipment brands/models are available

The Advantages of Excedr’s Laser Scanner Equipment Leasing Program:

  • Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by spreading its cost over time
  • Minimizes equipment downtime with included complete repair coverage and preventive maintenance
  • Takes advantage of potentially 100% tax deductible* payments, providing you significant cash-savings
  • Expedites the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics
  • Conserves working capital,  enabling you to reinvest in your core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
  • Accommodates all manufacturer and model preferences

*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.

3D laser scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology used to capture digital images of a manufactured part or object and provide information on the physical shape of that component. 

The 3D data collected is used to create 3D models using laser light and straightforward mathematics. The models can then be used to create digital design files for manufacturers that can be utilized in the future. These scanners are available in either stationary or handheld configurations. 

3D laser scanning’s dimensional inspection solutions offer automated approaches for production lines and facilities in various manufacturing industries, such as reverse engineering, QA/QC, mechanical dimensional inspection, architectural, and civil surveying, which all greatly benefit from the use of 3D scanning.

The automative industry also benefits from the use of 3D scanning, as it provides important quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) inspection throughout the production process

3D laser scanning are able to provide important dimensional data because they are capable of measuring complex geometries that require numerous measurements in order to create an accurate digitized model. It is particularly well-suited for instances in which traditional, contact-based measurement and inspection are impractical. 

By collecting data using an industrial 3D laser scanner, a manufacturer can generate a highly accurate point cloud that serves as the representation of all the data gathered by the 3D scanning device. The point cloud data is used for such applications as reverse engineering of computer-aided design (CAD) data from manufactured parts and rapid prototyping.

Not only can these devices generate large amounts of 3D data, they are also fast and reliable. Because of their accuracy, efficiency, and overall capabilities, laser scanners are used across several industries to streamline design and production processes.

Some examples of their versatility include long-range laser scanners, or terrestrial laser scanners, which are capable of measuring large objects such as ship propellers, wind turbines, airplanes, and buildings. Lidar, or light detection and ranging, is another example of 3D laser scanning’s wide range of uses.

If you’re considering investing in a laser scanner or scanning system, you’re most likely aware of their features and capabilities. But remember that precise inspection in real-time is also highly beneficial when considering costs and profit, and is critical to meeting and maintaining strict specifications and standards.

Laser Scanning System Processes, Point Cloud, & Benefits

Industrial 3D laser scanners are capable of capturing tens of thousands of data points per second as the laser moves across the surface of an object, facility, or landscape. 

The high speed at which large volumes of data are collected can shorten turnaround times to just a few days or even a few hours. Because the data collected are so dense, laser scanning systems are able to provide a thorough and highly-detailed report of whatever is being scanned. Below are some common methods for scanning, as well as info about how the scans perform data acquisition.

Time-of-Flight

3D laser scanners can use time-of-flight (ToF) methods to measure the distance between a sensor and an object. The principle of ToF is based on the time difference between the emission of a signal and its return to the sensor after being reflected by an object.

In other words, the scanner finds the distance from the surface by timing the round-trip time of a pulse of light. This is performed using a laser range finder, which is only capable of detecting the distance of one point in its direction of view. In order to scan the entire field of view, the scanner has to be rotated one point at a time, changing the range finder’s direction so that different points can be scanned.

 

Triangulation

3D scanning devices that operate using triangulation do so by employing a laser light to probe the environment around the scanner.

A laser is pointed at and reflected off of an object and works in tandem with a camera to find and record the location of the laser dot, as the dot shows up in different areas of the camera’s point of view depending on how far away the laser contacts a surface. The laser emitter, the camera, and the laser dot itself effectively form a triangle, thus giving triangulation its name.

 

Data Acquisition

The process of scanning and acquiring data can depend on whether you’re using a stationary 3D scanner or a handheld 3D scanner. The typical process for a stationary device involves placing an object on the bed of a digitizer, which, along with specialized software, positions the probe above the surface of the object.

The probe then projects a laser light onto that object while multiple sensor cameras record the changes in shape and distance that occur, provided by the interaction between the laser light and the three-dimensional shape of the object. XYZ coordinates are determined, and the resulting data appears as millions of different points.

 

Point Cloud

The series of points collected are gathered into what is called a point cloud. Point clouds produced by 3D laser scanners are used for measurement and visualization in both the architecture and construction industries, in addition to other fields that require precise, metrology-grade inspection.

The entire process is incredibly fast, gathering 750,000 points per second. After a point cloud is generated and the files are put together, they are registered and merged into a single 3D model of the object. The image goes through post-processing according to various types of software, and the data is stored for later use.

 

Benefits of 3D Scanning

When an object needs to be inspected, the data collected by a 3D scanning system is incredibly helpful. The scanned object can be compared to a manufacturer or designer’s CAD files, which includes nominal data of the specific part.

This process produces a comparison between the scan data and the CAD data, allowing a manufacturer to determine whether or not the object is within specifications.

 

High-Performance Laser Scanner Leases to Fit Every Need

Laser scanning provides high-accuracy and high-precision capabilities. As a measurement solution, it can make generating 3D data and digital information much easier. The ability to gather large volumes of data and automate reproducibility of 3D scanning shouldn’t be overlooked when you’re looking to improve your manufacturing processes. 

If you’re thinking of acquiring a laser scanner in order to automate a pre-existing production line, or to improve on workflow efficiencies, consider leasing it through Excedr.

Our leasing program makes it easier to access expensive metrology equipment by spreading out the costs of the equipment over time, rather than requiring a huge payment upfront. Get in touch with us or request a 3D laser scanner lease estimate to learn more about our program and the costs of leasing a laser scanner or scanning system.

Interested in other laser-based technology? Our leasing program also offers leases for laser trackers, laser tracker system, and total stations.

Operating Lease

This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.

Sale-Leaseback

If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale-leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.


Laser Scanner Manufacturers & Models
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Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence:
Absolute Arm Compact, Absolute Arm 6-Axis, Absolute Arm 7-Axis, RS5 Laser Scanner, RS-SQUARED Area Scanner

Surphaser:
Model 75USR, 100HSX, Model 400, Model 10, SurphSLAM

API:
HemiScan BIM 3d Scanner

FARO:
FARO® Focus Laser Scanner

Leica:
BLK360, RTC360 3D, P50, P40/P30, ScanStation C10

Artec:
Eva, Space Spider, Leo, Ray, Micro

QuellTech:
Q4, Q5, Q6

 

Operating Capital Benefits

Operating Capital Benefits

Excedr's operating lease structure allows you to keep your business credit line open for expansions, staffing, and other operational expenses. Additionally, it strengthens the cash flow of your business and keeps cash reserves free for business development opportunities.

Effects on Credit

Effects on Credit

Leasing / renting provides you with non-dilutive financing and does not hinder your future borrowing ability. You're able to acquire the equipment you need without the baggage associated with traditional financing.

Used Equipment

Used Equipment

Unlike traditional financing and leasing companies, the Excedr program can accommodate refurbished/reconditioned equipment in addition to demo units. If you are looking for additional cost-savings, we recommend considering this option.

Speed of Approval

Speed of Approval

Excedr's program allows you to respond quickly as your need for equipment and technology arises. You can be approved with minimal documentation and have the equipment you need in operation and generating revenue for your business quickly.