Advances in 3D scanning keep pace with 3D printing

06/12/2013 | (U.S.)

3D scanning has received much less attention than its printing counterpart but has come a long way with many applications ranging from the art world to manufacturing and is often paired with 3D printing. NASA is interested in scanning some of its equipment sent into space so astronauts can print out new parts if needed during a mission. Meanwhile, Luxembourg-based Artec Group says CAD users are the target for its Artec Spider, the company's newest scanner. "We envisioned that every engineer, product designer and inventor will have this instrument on his or her desk," said Anna Zevelyov, director of business development at Artec. "Our goal was to create an affordable, easy to use, lightweight scanner that every CAD user will find useful."

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