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 now. The 3D data gained serves quality, assurance, reconstruction, or surface reconstruction purposes. It is also 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 shape, color and visual material properties is essential to deliver realistic appearance. Our scan technologies do just that, customized for the respective scenarios and continually redefining the state of the art through research.
Fraunhofer IGD has long-standing experience in the true-to-detail digitization of objects and cultural assets from artifacts as small as coins to busts, sculptures or building-size 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 capture to visualization to reproduction, e.g. by means of 3D printing.
Fraunhofer IGD develops a wide range of technologies for a broad spectrum of applications, from highly precise geometry measurement of small objects to economic and fast mass digitization with autonomous robot-supported scan systems.