Though 3D scanning comprises various procedures and technologies, it generally refers to the process of capturing data and converting these measurements into a 3D model. 3D scanning has been used in the manufacturing, healthcare, architecture, construction, culture, and creative industries, as well as in the scientific field, for many years. The 3D data gained serve quality, assurance, reconstruction, or surface reconstruction purposes. They can also be used for digital documentation, presentation, and preservation of cultural assets.
The more realistic 3D depictions appear to us, the more varied the fields of application. Precision is a key factor in all areas, such as for the digital archiving of cultural artifacts, product presentations on the Internet, or design applications in various industries. Precise 3D digitization of the geometry and of the visual material properties is essential in order to deliver a realistic impression. This is possible with our scan technology, which is customized for the respective scenario. In this context, we continually redefine the state of the art in our research.
Fraunhofer IGD has long-standing experience in the true-to-detail digitization of objects and cultural assets such as sculptures, coins, or building-like structures. We promote research and development. The technological progress summarized under the keyword »Industry 4.0« and the ongoing drive for automation call for increased research in the field of 3D scanning – from the capture to the visualization to the reproduction, e.g. by means of 3D printing procedures.
Fraunhofer IGD offers a wide spectrum of technology development in order to cover a broad range of applications, from the highly precise geometry measurement of small objects to economic and speedy procedures for mass digitization to autonomous robot-supported scan systems.