Brio then digitally scanned the model using a Microscribe 3D digitizer
, which imported the 3D points directly into Couillard's favorite 3D modeling software, a NURBS-surfacing application called Rhinoceros, from Robert McNeel & Associates (www.
The I-DEAS Reverse Engineering/Inspection Mold Manufacturing Package offers all the functionality of the I-DEAS Mold Design and Manufacturing package plus advanced surface evaluation, 3D digitizer
support, and computer-aided verification.
showed a mechanical 3D digitizer
called the Metrecom.
As sort of a 3D digitizer
for objects, a CMM has a robotic arm that touches all of a part's points and surfaces, measuring tolerances, clearances and so forth.
A manual 3D digitizer
allows the user to freely define the setup for gathering point data and cross-sections from a model.
For companies that do not have a CMM, available technologies include scanners and portable 3D digitizers