3D Scanning to 3D Printing - A Seamless Workflow 

by Redstack 

3D Scanning to 3D Printing - A Seamless Workflow

The need or desire often arises to go from 3d scanning an existing object, reverse engineering and 3D printing replica models of existing objects, with or without modifications.

The following steps will guide you through a smooth workflow using a range of technologies recommended and supported by Redstack.

Step 1: 3D scanning

3D scanning

There are a broad range of 3D scanners on the market today that can will capture point cloud data of existing objects.  If you are looking to 3D scan physical objects, the Artec 3D scanners provide outstanding results and both the Artec EVA and Artec Spider can be purchased from

If you are looking to scan a room, an entire building exterior or similar physical space, this will require a different type of 3D scanner and unless you will be doing a large amount of 3D scanning, this would generally be outsourced to a specialist provider like Redstack.  Contact us for a quote on 3D scanning as a service.

There are many 3D scanning hardware and service providers on the market today and we encourage you to discuss your requirements with us to receive the best advice for your needs.

Step 2: Autodesk ReCap

Autodesk ReCap will prepare the point cloud file from your 3D scan for import into your preferred Autodesk software package, including Revit, Fusion 360 , AutoCAD, 3ds max, Navisworks & BIM 360. ReCap provides a number of excellent features like the Point Cloud tool, to eliminate the pain of rigorously finding and removing unwanted bad point data. 

Step 3: Autodesk ReMake

Autodesk ReMake allows you to refine a point cloud and create a mesh: Autodesk ReMake can generate high definition 3D mesh models from various sensor inputs. ReMake can import and prepare meshes generated in other reality solution tools (or in CAD and modeling programs) to further clean up, fix, edit, refine and optimise for further digital workflows, for 3D printing or publishing online. Supported import file formats: native .RCM, .OBJ, .STL, .PLY(mesh) and .FBX 

ReCap and ReMake can also process photographs. Depending on your particular requirements, photographs may be sufficient, although point cloud data will provide you with a far richer data source and additional possibilities. 

Step 4: Fusion 360

As demonstrated in the video above, it is quick and easy to export your file from ReCap or ReMake into Fusion 360.  Fusion 360 is a great tool for preparing models for either 3D printing, or with built in CAM software, machining depending on  your preferred method of manufacturing.  Fusion 360 has T-Spine and free form modelling capability so it’s ideal for 3D Scanners. ReMake can export .OBJ files (in quad form) that can be opened in Fusion360, where the models can be converted to T-spline and further edited. 

Subscribing to ReCap, ReMake and Fusion 360

Allof these Autodesk technologies are available with an Autodesk collection subscription.  Depending on your other design needs, one of the following three collections will provide you with all the technology you need for your entire design to manufacture workflow with one convenient subscription:

Step 4: 3D printing

From Fusion 360 you can export a .STL file ready for imporing into your preferred 3D printing software package.  We recommend and support Ultimaker Cura, made for Ultimaker 3D printers and PreForm for Formlabs resin based SLA 3D printers.  Both are free and will easily  accept .STL files.  From there your original 3D scanned point cloud file will now be ready for 3D printing.

Contact Redstack today on 1300 667 263 for further advice on hardware and software options across the entire workflow from 3D scanning to 3D printing.



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