3D Optical Scanning


At PES Scanning we offer a full end-to-end solution from 3D scanning data capture through to manufacture.

What can we offer?
  • Scanning solutions from qualified and experienced design engineers, with a combined experience across multiple sectors of over 45 years.
  • When comparing the measured data with CAD data (IGES, VDA, STEP, Catia, ProE, UG …), the corresponding measuring reports are created in the familiar formats:
    • False-colour representation
    • Deviation of individual points as label
    • Sections, angles and distances
    • Diameters and flatness
    • Tables and lists
What is 3D Optical Scanning?

Optical 3D Scanning captures detailed measurement information of an object. The scanner projects precise fringe patterns onto the surface of the object. These patterns are captured with precision accuracy by the scanner’s two cameras. The coordinate points from three different ray intersections can be calculated in the 3D scanning software. This is possible as the beam paths of both cameras and the projector are fixed and calibrated in advance. The result is a point cloud of complete measuring scan data without holes or erratic points.

We utilise a Blue Light GOM 3D optical scanning system (BLS) to deliver a number of our scanning services. GOM is an industry-standard system used by leading companies including Boeing and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

To find out more about the 3D optical scanning process click here.

What can 3D scanning be used for?

The scan data can be used in 3D modelling for;

  • Quality Inspection of sheet metal parts and car bodies, e.g. in pilot production, process optimising, tool try-outs, start of series production or during random samples
  • Reverse Engineering of components, particularly legacy parts produced in the pre-digital era
  • Quality Inspection of large objects, e.g. aircraft, ships, wind turbines, etc.
  • Verification of plastic parts, e.g. for first article inspection
  • Verification and recording of jigs and fixtures
  • Measuring of models and prototypes, e.g. vehicle interior and exterior design
  • Measuring of reference point fields
We have a full glossary of terms relating to photogrammetry and 3D scanning here.

If you would like to discuss your project and how our scanning services can help you, then please call us for a chat at 

+44 (0) 114 321 6375 or contact us.

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