Since Printing Portal’s inception the company has striven to maximise the rich potential of 3D. Printing Portal is able to produce 3D models from scratch, adjust clients CAD files and paint and assembling fantastic one-off, unique items.
Until relatively recently, photographs were the main way to capture a moment in time and to preserve a memory for posterity. Printing Portal has harnessed a range of advanced technologies to provide a further dimension in these areas by adding depth. Printing Portal is now gaining a growing reputation for digitally creating artistic 3D model that capture so much more than a static photograph - items that act as enduring keepsakes. Examples of Printing Portal work in this area are realistic models of children’s feet commissioned by parents and the reproductions of couples’ joined hands to commemorate occasions such as engagements and wedings.
Although Printing Portal boasts a client base working in a diverse range of sectors, typically the company work with architects, engineers, healthcare workers and a wide variety of both product design and retail marketing professionals. Given clients demand for both high-resolution results and speed of project delivery, the purchase of a recently launched FARO design ScanArm has opened up numerous further commercial opportunities.
Printing Portal Director, James Hawking explained. “Prior to purchasing the Design ScanArm we had tried using systems such as photogrammetry, however the quality delivered was nowhere near good enough for our intended purposes.
“Our motivation for searching for a high quality scanning system was, at the time we were working on a specific project that involved capturing the cleanest possible data related to people’s feet. We had looked at several scanning system options, however most of the equipment we considered could not capture the levels of intricate detail we required.
“The chosen scanner needed to be extremely quick to use and the results of the scans needed to be refined and made into a file ready for 3D printing, therefore we also needed a suitable software package that worked with the scanner to do all these things in one.
“A demonstration by FARO staff of the company’s recently launched Design ScanArm, convinced us that the advanced FARO tool had the resolution and speed of operation we were looking for.
“The ultra-fine features that we are now able to reproduce with the help of the FARO Design ScanArm, coupled with its impressive speed has enabled what was then our fledgling project to develop into what is now a very successful 3D printing product offering.
“In addition to the quality of the Design ScanArm, the promise of good support from the team that demonstrated the ScanArm was a major factor in our decision to purchase from FARO.
“As well as the Design ScanArm being relatively easy to use, it helped that our staff received first-rate training from FARO. Within a few days we became quite adept in the Design ScanArm’s operation, although it was convenient that, if we had any technical questions, the FARO staff were easily contactable.
“Having quickly mastered the Arm’s basic operations we have gradually become proficient in its more advanced functions. Now, besides the Design ScanArm’s primary use - scanning organic shapes, the use of our new FARO product has enabled us to explore many other scanning opportunities, such as scanning artefacts and mechanical parts.
“In addition to using the Design ScanArm in-house, when required its robust construction and relatively light weight allows us to transport the scanner for use at customers’ premises’ and to set it up very quickly.
“When used to scan customers’ feet, the FARO Scanner helps to give our customers confidence related to our professionalism and our quest for high levels of accuracy. Typically they are intrigued to be scanned by the FARO kit and it helps when customers see the data being captured on screen in front of them in real time. On the engineering side of our business, clients are delighted with the accuracy and quality of the details & data delivered by the Design ScanArm.”
The FARO Design ScanArm is a portable 3D scanning solution tailored for 3D modeling, reverse engineering, and CAD-based design applications across the product lifecycle management (PLM) process.
Featuring optically-superior, blue laser technology with fast scanning speed, the FARO Design ScanArm delivers high-resolution point cloud data and the ability to seamlessly scan challenging materials without the need for spray or targets. The device is lightweight and manoeuvrable allowing convenient desktop mounting in the design studio or engineering lab and features a simplified user interface that makes it easy to operate regardless of skill level or 3D scanning experience.
The FARO Design ScanArm features both high-resolution 3D scanning and high-precision probing of basic geometry. Optically superior blue laser technology enables the device to capture highly-detailed and noise-free scan data, whilst an extra wide scan stripe and fast frame rate provides expanded laser coverage for fast point cloud capture. The use of advanced software algorithms enables the new FARO product to perform seamless scanning across challenging materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity, or geometric complexity.
The available software options have capabilities that range from automatic meshing software that delivers ready-to-use files without any post-processing, to a full-featured reverse engineering software that combines history-based CAD with 3D scan data to create feature-based, editable solid models compatible with all major CAD platforms.
The FARO Design ScanArm is the ideal 3D scanning solution for any organisation that has the need to manufacture parts without existing CAD models or to develop aftermarket products that need to fit tightly with existing products. In addition, the Design ScanArm is ideal when reverse engineering legacy parts for design changes or replacement and for use in creating digital libraries to decrease inventory and warehouse costs. Other uses include assisting in designing aesthetically pleasing, freeform surfaces, or leverage the power of rapid prototyping.