3D Laser Scanning

3D Scanning

3D laser scanning is a method that captures the shape of a physical object digitally using a laser. This process does not involve making contact with the object, mitigating the concern of damaging it. After scanning is complete, the outline of the object appears digitally with multiple points. These points measure the exact distance between curves, bends, details on the part, creating a "point cloud". This "point cloud" allows us to reconstruct the object and scale it larger or smaller when manipulating it on the computer. The scanning process is quick, gathering up to 750,000 precise points per second.

Here at Met-L-Flo, Inc., we utilize 3D laser scanning to help create a multitude of physical prototypes, including metal castings, fused deposition modeling (FDM) prototypes, selective laser sintering (SLS) prototypes, and much more.

If you have any questions about 3D laser scanning or would like more information on our other 3D printing and prototype services, call us today at 1-800-MET-L-FLO. Or you can fill out the contact form on the right and one of our associates will get back to you shortly.

Professional 3D Laser Scanning

3D laser scanning happens before the 3D printing process begins if you have the digital design or 3D model ready. If you don't have a design ready, we are able to design an idea and make alterations to it. Adjustments can also be made to a current design.

3D laser scanning can also be used during the inspection process. This is done after new parts have been created with the original scans, the new parts are now scanned to see if their point clouds, match with the original parts. If parts are within tolerance then the parts are good, if they are slightly off then this scan will catch it.

Fused Deposition Modeling is a great example of 3D laser scanning. FDM is a process that heats and extrudes a thin filament of thermoplastic forming parts layer by layer. Three Dimensional scanning allows for better accuracy and the ability to adjust the size of the part that is going to be printed over the previous layer.

Affordable 3D Laser Scanning and Printing

At Met-L-Flo, our 3D printing and scanning services are lower than the competition. We make it a point to work closely with you to ensure you get the prototype you’re looking for. For more information on 3D laser scanning or if you have any questions about our services, call us today at 1-800-MET-L-FLO. Or fill out the contact form to the right and we will respond shortly.

Have Questions?

We're more than happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Contact Information

Additional Information


"Happy #DaylightSavingsTime! We hope everyone made it to work today and don't forget to set your car, phone, microwa… https://t.co/HY8QvkmpdM"

"Plastics can be divided in two groups depending on their reaction to heat. Thermoplastics soften with heat and then… https://t.co/35mil3Z2aY"

"Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do! #MyTwitterAnniversary https://t.co/uZslWjniTD"

"March is the month of green so we want to focus on some eco-friendly AM materials and processes. This week we want… https://t.co/9AXQLYJm30"

"Today is #InternationalWomensDay and we want to recognize and thank women for all they do 👩‍🦰👩‍🔧💪 https://t.co/bUwYJltDv6"

View Summary

AS9100 Certified - ISO 9001:2015 Registered ITAR Certified