3D Scanning Optimizes Boat Design and Engineering

Do you know how to measure a large boat precisely? How can 3D scanning help in measuring a boat? How to optimize your product development? To succeed in this highly competitive market, manufacturers need to constantly update their products to meet the changing demands. It is also essential to leverage technology and data to enhance product development processes and optimize workflows.

3D Scanning for Product Development
It is crucial for shipbuilders to optimize their product development so that they can craft innovative products. However, it is also challenging, time-consuming, and costly, especially when dealing with complex products with intricate details and stringent quality standards.

This is where 3D scanning can help. 3D laser scanning is a technology that uses lasers to capture the geometry of real-world objects and convert them into digital models. It can be applied in various tasks throughout product development, including design and prototyping.

Scantech’s 3D scanners, such as professional and composite 3D laser scanner KSCAN-Magic and optical tracking 3D scanner TrackScan-P, suit well for scanning large ships and boats.

Scan a Boat with KSCAN to Enhance Product Development
Healthport is a company that offers users end-to-end solutions from ideation, strategy setting, and execution for any key business challenge you may have. The customer intended to obtain the CAD data of the boat for reverse engineering.

The boat was approx 12m long, 5m wide, and 2m high. The yacht had a curved and complex shape, with many hard-to-reach areas. It also had reflective and lacquered surfaces on the outside.

Scantech’s reseller Great Master used the professional 3D scanner KSCAN-Magic’s to get the 3D data of the yacht. Its different scanning modes met the specific needs of the clients. KSCAN Magic’s built-in photogrammetry ensured overall accuracy. Its large-area scanning mode (infrared laser) helped capture the data quickly and efficiently. When scanning the dead corners or hard-to-reach areas, its deep-hole scanning mode (single blue laser) performed well in capturing details. The fast scanning mode (blue laser crosses) scanned the reflective metal parts without spraying powder.

Benefits of 3D Scanning
The client obtained a full scan of the inner and outer sides of the yacht.

Efficient Measurement
The yacht had large size and it took a long time to obtain the yacht’s data with traditional measurement tools. The KSCAN scanner performed well in 3D scanning and finished the measurement efficiently.

On-site Measurement
Traditionally, users needed to move the boat with the help of heavy machinery and prepare the measurement area accordingly. However, thanks to its robust algorithm and portability, Scantech’s KSCAN-Magic conducted on-site measurements. Both the top and the bottom of the yacht were captured.

Precise Measurement for Narrow Spaces
3D scanning the narrow spaces of the large boat was challenging because of the limited visibility and accessibility. KSCAN-Magic features a compact size and steep view angle. It helped capture 3D data in narrow spaces with high accuracy without missing data during the measurement.

Built-in Photogrammetry
When scanning a large-scale object, the scanning errors tend to increase over a certain distance. Photogrammetry can help reduce these errors by using large scanning areas and multi-angle positioning to align the scans more accurately. KSCAN-Magic combines photogrammetry with laser scanning technology, which gives it an advantage of maintaining stable accuracy even for large parts.

Scan a Boat with TrackScan to Facilitate Product Development
Rodosto Marin has been an authorized service provider in the sales of motorized and non-motorized sailboats used for recreational and sporting purposes, motorized boats and yachts, rowboats and other marine vehicles & accessories since 1985.

Making a new product is very costly due to the research and development expenses. Scantech’s reseller Poligon Engineering helped the company quicken its product development for a massive boat by 3D scanning.

Using 3D laser scanners, the engineer created CAD models from existing boats and designed new boats accordingly to facilitate product development. 3D scanning can enable designers to capture the 3D data of their original ideas more accurately and to explore different design variations.

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