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    Scanning large thermoformed parts

    Hi Folks;

    A customer of mine has been vacuum forming thermoplastic automotive louvres for years and wants to move away from making wooden moulds

    To do this we plan to buy a 3D scanner and export a scan of a car back window to SolidWorks and create a 3D part file and a model of an epoxy mould

    My main concern is the resolution of the scan and whether this will be an issue in creating a mould that can produce useable parts

    There are tons of scanners, from the low resolution iphone types all the way up to $60,000 GOM and Zeiss German models.

    How much scanner do i need ? Does the resolution matter that much when matching the surface created in a wooden mould ?

    Any input would be most appreciated

    Many thanks in advance

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    Re: Scanning large thermoformed parts

    Contact Brady Watson at Home

    IBILDSolutions@gmail.com

    It may be a lot cheaper to have them scanned for you in the proper resolution than experimenting with the wrong scanner and the wrong software. He's a pro
    Gary Campbell CNC Technology & Training
    GCnC411 (at) gmail.com www.youtube.com/user/Islaww1/videos

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