3D Scanning Service

S-CAN boasts a large range of advanced 3D scanning and measuring equipment, combined with expert knowledge in reverse engineering the raw data into usable, manufacturable CAD models.
We have been providing 3D scanning services since 2012 and have scanned and remanufactured 1000’s of objects since.
If you have a physical object which needs turning into a 3D computer model, whether to re-manufacture, for inspection purposes, to use as a digital asset or simply to back it up, then we are here to help.

3D scan of a Ferrari 250 GT Ellana Bodyshell. Data in .STL mesh format. Created by S-CAN's 3D Scanning Servicee

What is 3D scanning?


3D scanning is a process which will take the surface and feature data from a physical object and turn it into a computer design format. It is ideal for digitally capturing shapes that are complex, irregular or difficult to measure manually, such as freeform surfaces. 

Typical applications include making digital backups of precious or irreplaceable objects, reverse engineering cast, machined and moulded components for remanufacture when the drawings aren’t unavailable and inspecting finished manufactured parts against the original design.

What we do


We capture shape data using state-of-the-art non-contact scanning equipment.

Using our wide-ranging experience in design engineering we can process the shape data to provide it in the format you require. We can leave the 3D scans as point cloud for inspection and self processing, make it so you can render or rapid prototype it as a polygonal meshes or convert it into a complete solid or surfaced CAD model that can be used for machining or editing in your own software.

What can we scan?


We can scan almost anything, from small medical devices right up to cars, boats and planes. Our scanners do however have to be able to ‘see’ every surface of an object to successfully scan them in their entirety. As a rough guide, if you can take a photo of it, we can scan it.

Best results are usually achieved scanning in our controlled environment inspection room at our Norfolk base, using our specifically designed mounting and fixturing systems to ensure maximum accuracy. We do also offer a completely mobile service so we can scan anywhere in the UK or abroad, even in more remote locations where there is no power available.

3d scanning a wing which is placed in the air using the S-FIX ball joints and magnets tops.
3D scanning a person with a Artec handheld scanner
3D Scanning a yacht mould using a Faro Focus long range scanner
Showing the aligned 3D scan of a classic Ferrari net to the car which had just been scanned.

Our Main 3D Scanners

Faro Quantum S ScanArm HD all round scanner


Accuracy: Within 0.05mm in single position

Resolution: 0.01mm point spacing

Range: 3.5m spherical range in one position. Can be leapfrogged or positioned with a laser tracker for large parts.

Uses: A fast, high resolution 3D scanner. We use this for most reverse engineering 3D scans. Will scan everything from bolts to cars well and is portable. Can also be used to probe features such as planes and holes for accurate dimensions and positions. 

Nikon LC15Dx high accuracy scanner


Accuracy: 0.003mm per 350mm3 area

Resolution: 0.001mm point spacing

Range: Parts up to 1m x 0.75m x 0.5m

Uses: One of the highest resolution and most accurate 3D scanners available. Can take long to program but will run automatically through batch work. Ideal when absolute accuracy and resolution are required. Can also be combined with probed data.

Surphaser/Trimble FX long range scanner


Accuracy: 0.6mm @ 11m, 2.4mm @ 50m

Resolution: 1.9mm point spacing @ 11m

Range: 140m spherical range

Uses: One of the highest resolution and most accurate long range 3D scanners available. Perfect for measuring large components, vehicles, measuring buildings, structures and more. 

Faro Quantum S Arm with HD Laser Line Scanner
Nikon LC15Dx CMM Mounted 3D Scanner
Trimble FX long range 3d laser scanner

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