Replicating objects with a 3D scanner and a 3D printer

Ever wondered how 3D scanning works?

Replicating physical things is no longer the sci-fi fantasy it once was thanks to the advent of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. We have been busy exploring new applications for this technology; from bespoke prostheses, to recreating classic car parts which are no longer available to scanning old, decorative stonework and creating silicone moulds to make new ones. The benefit is a huge time saving when capturing complex, organic geometries and highly accurate CAD data which would otherwise be very difficult and time consuming to recreate.

We replicated this handmade, wooden owl in plastic but equally we could have reproduced it in wood, metal, concrete, plaster, rubber or even carbon fibre using the other processes and technologies we have in-house. Once we have scanned an object the potential materials and applications are virtually endless, how many uses can you think of?