3D Scanning Capabilities to Define Next-gen Computer Hardware, Microsoft already in the Game

Published By : 20 Jan 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

In the bid to enhance hardware capabilities, IT majors such as Microsoft and Google have added 3d scanning features, Microsoft’s Kinect being a great example that depicts the same. This is a clear indication that future hand-held devices such as smartphones will be integrated with 3d scanners. And the digitization of real objects into 3d models will be as simple as taking a picture, say industry experts.

In a breakthrough development in 3D printing technology, a team of engineers at the University of Bristol have developed a newer 3D printing technology to be used for the print of composite materials. This is used for several high-performance products such as golf clubs, tennis rackets, and airplanes. With further development, the technology will soon enable 3D printing to be carried out in a home environment at a reduced cost. The earliest version of 3d printing involved the utilization of ink, which dates back to the invention of the inkjet printer in 1976.

3D printing is an additive process, wherein three-dimensional solid objects are created from a digital file. In the additive manufacturing of these objects, successive layers of the material is laid down until the complete object is created. Each layer of the object can be visualized as thin slices of horizontal cross-section of the complete object.

The creation of a virtual design is the initial step towards the creation of the desired object. Using a 3D modeling program, either a totally new object is created or a 3D scanner is used to copy an existing object in a computer aided design (CAD) file. If the scanner used is 3D, a 3D digital copy of the object is obtained.

The advantages of 3D printing are evident for both vendors and customers of these services. For vendors, the need to install expensive equipment, molding, and workforce is eliminated as these objects are customized as needed for particular requirements. For customers, it helps to pull doe=n material wastage, with the added advantage of creating highly efficient products compared to the ones created by traditional printing means. The other advantages of 3D printing include fast prototyping, speedy production, and mass customization.

Back To Top