HDE’s 3D laser scanner is a portable powerhouse of possibilities, available now for our clients to utilise across all facets of the industry.

From dimensional inspections of equipment to area surveys, from reverse engineering to wear analysis, the potential of 3D laser scanning in the mining and heavy industries is extraordinary.

Leica P30 3D Laser Scanner
HDE owns and operates a state-of-the-art Leica P30 3D laser scanner and has invested in the latest software to analyse and develop the “point clouds” it creates (a “point cloud” is data that describes the geometry of a physical object).

The Leica P30 uses a line of sight laser to digitally capture the shape of any physical object and is capable of capturing one million laser measurement points per second. Point clouds are unsurpassed for their detail and accuracy and are used to create a 3D model of object’s exact size and shape.

Our 3D laser scanner has a 130- metre radius scanning range that can be indefinitely expanded by coupling multiple scans together.

Creaform Metrology GoScan 50 Handheld Scanner
The latest addition to HDE’s scanning ability is a Creaform Metrology GoScan 50. This portable hand held solution for flexible 3D scanning which uses white light technology and cameras as oppose to a laser.

The cameras register the deformed light projected on an object and the software is then able to compute the 3D properties of the object and generate an accurate 3D mesh. 

With a maximum resolution of 0.5mm, the GoScan is ideal for scanning components where capturing fine detail is required.

Latest Software
Whatever your needs, HDE has in-house capabilities with scanning, design engineering software, FEA analysis and modelling software.

We have invested in the fastest scan data processing software available; this is used to analyse your point cloud data to allow complex 3D comparisons and deviation reports and software to read and modify point clouds and export them to other programs.

Software packages include: – Leica Cyclone, VX Model, 3D Re-Shaper, FEA Analysis, Autodesk Software Packages (Inventor, AutoCAD, Re-Cap) and many more.

Scanning the horizon?
3D laser scanning is suited to a vast number of industrial applications – there are so many possibilities with this portable technology, the horizon really is endless.

  • Reverse engineering and modification— Traditional site measuring processes are relegated when an accurate 3D computer model, captured by HDE’s 3D scanner, can be used to modify designs and develop new equipment, while existing equipment stays in production.
  • Deformation and wear analysis— using our 3D scanner, inspection reports can be generated to show deviations from the original/correct geometry and where those deviations are. Reports can also be generated to compare previous scans, allowing for continuous monitoring for wear or deformation.
  • Capturing Brownfield information to expand onto new projects— Existing installations can be scanned in detail, allowing for easy and accurate integration of design modifications and expansions.
  • Incident investigations— Dimensional inspections of complex areas or equipment can be carried out, with high detail captured quickly and easily, then exported to computer in point cloud format. This allows remote and delayed interrogation, with the advantage that no information or dimensions are missed.
  • Area survey— a detailed survey of any area can be done with as few as three survey points. The result is a scan with full contours and survey data in whatever level of detail you require, plus a full, realistic picture of the area.
  • Safety— 3D scanning can be used to inspect areas such as confined spaces or the inside of bins or vessels that could otherwise be risky to personnel.
  • As-built— As-built drawings can be verified or created from 3D scanned data, while as-built models can easily be created from point cloud data.
  • Cultural Heritage— Objects, sculptures – even buildings – can be scanned to create accurate 3D models without risk of damage to the original.
  • Automotive— Create aftermarket accessories, reconstruct surfaces, position internal objects, carry out parts inspection and quality control all via 3D scanning.
  • Forensics— “Freeze” any scene allowing for investigations to continue days, months or years after the original scene has been removed.
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