Meticulous. Precise. Detailed.

For expertise and talent, companies turn to Scansite for their 3D scanning, inspection and reverse engineering needs. Using state-of-the-art structured light technology and editing details meticulously by hand, Scansite provides clients with unprecedented accuracy for precise and stunning results every time.










Ensuring Turbine Blade Quality Control

Components of stationary generators and aircraft engines, in most cases, have complex geometries and freeform surfaces. Therefore, measuring their geometry is quite demanding. Scansite's expertise in white light scanning and comparison to CAD geometry facilitates this process.

Using 3D Metrology for Quality Control on a Turbine Blade

Scansite used a Breuckmann StereoScan structured light scanner to digitize the propellor. A surface model was created in Geomagic Studio and exported to in iges/STEP format to the client’s SolidWorks software.

Maquette Scanning

Scansite’s ATOS and Breuckmann structured light scanners are the very best machines available for capturing high levels of detail with great accuracy. Unlike the much less expensive laser scanning systems used by most of our competitors, ATOS and Breuckmann scanners are primarily used in Aerospace, Automotive and high-end manufacturing applications.

Portrait Scanning

Scansite’s Breuckmann StereoScan structured light scanner can complete a single scan in less than one second. Movement has traditionally been a major problem with live subject scanning, but the Breuckmann’s extremely fast acquisition time minimizes the time for which the subject must maintain the pose.

Scanning Industrial Light & Magic’s Skywalker Ranch

Scansite has worked extensively at Industrial Light & Magic’s Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, California. In addition to the three original “Star Wars” films, Scansite has provided digital models for ILM films including the “Indiana Jones” franchise, “Jurassic Park” franchise, “The Mummy” franchise, and “Willow”.

Creating CAD for CNC milling of marble stair facing

For a large object such as this stair, the use of photogrammetry is necessary to achieve accurate alignment of the individual scans. After the photogrammetry markers were measured, the surface geometry was scanned with an ATOS II structured light scanner.

Reverse Engineering a Nylon Bevel Gear

The Breuckmann StereoScan was selected for the job. With the two five-megapixel cameras moved to the inside position, the scanner was calibrated with a 60 millimeter field of view (f.o.v.). This f.o.v. permits scanning with a 20 micron (.020 mm or .0008 inches) point spacing, a resolution of 1 micron, maximum noise level of 2 microns and a feature accuracy of 5 microns!

Creating a Hard Hat Model

Scansite’s client was designing a lighting device to mount on a popular brand construction helmet. The deliverable was a CAD model in iges/STEP format that was easily imported into the client’s SolidWorks software. As our client was on a tight schedule, Scansite completed this job in two days.

3D digitizing of dental models

Scansite’s Breuckmann structured light scanners are ideally suited for capturing the fine detail inherent to dental models.

3D digitizing of a human heart

Scansite constructed a custom fixture to support the heart, veins and arteries to prevent movement during the digitizing process. Digitizing was done with an ATOS II structured light scanner. The finished CAD model was exported to SolidWorks in iges/STEP format.

3D Scanning & Meticulously Editing Bruce Wolfe’s “Le Magnifique” Bronze

A spectacular ten foot tall sculpture honoring hockey great Mario Lemieux was recently installed at the Consol Energy Center, home for the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Team, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Le Magnifique” was created by nationally-acclaimed bronze sculptor Bruce Wolfe of Berkeley, California.

Digitizing Michelangelo’s Bronzes

The Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli (or Marinelli Pontifical Foundry), founded in 1339, is one of the oldest and most prestigious bronze foundries in Europe. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Marinelli foundry was acclaimed as the premier foundry in Italy, having cast copies of many of the greatest works of the renaissance masters. Marinelli's 'fonderia artistica' was permitted to take a mold from Michelangelo's marble Pietà in St Peter's, Rome.

Replicating “Flora” and “Priapus” – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Borghese Gallery in Rome commissioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to produce replicas of its famous 1527 sculptures “Flora” and “Priapus” for display at the Borghese. Scansite travelled to New York to conduct on-site digitizing of both sculptures.

Restoring the Spirit of the Ocean Fountain

The fountain sculpture was originally carved in 1927 by the Venetian trained sculptor Ettore Cadorin. The passage of time and the courthouse’s irrigation system had caused the original sandstone to “rot” until it was beyond repair. The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy foundation, led by architect Robert Ooley, began a project to save the fountain. The restoration project took six years and cost more that $730,000.

Generating Legacy Parts for A-10 “Warthog”

Many older types of aircraft are in service for which no CAD files exist. Scansite specializes in 3D scanning and CAD creation to generate legacy CAD files that will import seamlessly into your CAD software. The Warthog was first commissioned in 1972. The service life has now been extended to 2028.

Generating a CAD file for the Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter

Helimec (formerly Helicopter Mechanical Inc.) designs high performance engine filters for helicopters. A CAD file of the Sikorsky’s external geometry was required for use in SolidWorks to facilitate the design of the filter housing.

Scanning Cyclone Motorcycle Engine Parts

Stl data was required for an antique Cyclone motorcycle engine. This engine was last manufactured in 1917. Using an ATOS structured light scanner, Scansite was able to digitally create stl models for 3D printing. These printed parts were later used as patterns for casting new parts.

Helping Foundries & Forging Shops with Quality Control & Process Optimization

3D shape and dimensional analyses provide reliable information for quality control and process optimization. Scansite assists foundries and forging shops with shape and dimensional control of patterns, sand cores and castings.

Scanning Classic Cars

Scansite is often asked to scan classic cars. In many cases the owner wants to create an archive of the car, much as in done with other valuable art objects. In some cases these cars are still involved in competitive racing, and are subject to damage. Having an archive can allow a damaged car to be re-constructed.