How 3D Scanning Guarantees Results for Your Polystyrene Models

Bakers Patterns | 8th October 2020

3D Scanning

3D Scanning

3D scanning may look like magic, but there are no smoke and mirrors or sleight of hand. Inside a scanner, there is an advanced laser probe that captures the shape of any object, including polystyrene models, in a matter of seconds.

To guarantee results makes most people nervous because you've been told never to trust anybody who makes promises. But, regarding 3D scanning, it's as close to perfection as you'll find in the manufacturing industry.

Why is this the case? What sets 3D printers and scanners out from the rest? Continue reading to learn more about how your polystyrene models will benefit from the technology.

Point Clouds

"Point clouds" is a fancy way of saying that scanners capture every angle of an object, collecting as much data as physically possible before relaying it to a computer. One of the reasons polystyrene foam produces high-quality 3D scanned models and sculptures is that it allows you to conceptualise and create during the idea phase. Lots of companies and suppliers wait until the design section to tinker with their blueprints, whereas point clouds let you do this from the outset. This has many advantages, which we'll point out later, yet one you'll love is that the finished product is exactly to specification.

Time Wastage

It's easy to focus on the amount of money you waste since you require liquidity and assets to stay afloat. However, you should never underestimate the importance of time as the quicker you create something, the sooner you can release it to the world and recoup your manufacturing expenses. By being efficient, you will be more productive and turn a higher profit. Straight off the bat, design 3D scanning reduces the design cycle by as much as 75%. Of course, this eliminates unnecessary fees that you usually pay along the way too.

Quality Control Regardless of Size

Point clouds ensure quality control, but it's the size of an object that causes manufacturers cause for concern. The bigger something is, the more challenging it is to produce an accurate version. Thankfully, 3D scanners and printers are able to check the composition of the material and the volume of the object via their precise lasers. Whether it's a car, museum exhibitions, racing cars, or aeroplanes, a milling machine can handle any size project. Plus, it does it as quickly as it does with a smaller object, meaning you don't lose time.

Reverse Engineering

Yes, some parts were built before the 21st-century. Shock horror! Previously, it was a big deal for manufacturers as you had to rely on local and worldwide stocks to craft a product, and it was expensive. 3D scanning eliminates this through CAD. CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design, and it's a feature of a 3D printer that allows it to recreate pretty much any item. Using the point clouds, the scanner collects the necessary data and starts to work backwards until it has an accurate and high-quality low-cost alternative.

As you can see, guaranteeing results isn't a stretch. With 3D scanning, your polystyrene models will never look better!

What to Take Away

Bakers Patterns has over 35 years of experience in producing specialised, high quality, cost-effective, polyurethane and polystyrene models. Want to find out more about 3D scanning? Then get in touch and speak to a member of the Bakers Patterns team today on +44(0)1952 216165 or send us an email on


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