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Workflow case: Volume inspection using SOL PRO 3D scanner

Workflow case: Volume inspection using SOL PRO 3D scanner
  • Are you required to document any measurable changes to your product caused by usage?
  •  Do you need to ensure that all your production sites manufacture parts identically? 
  •  Would your material development process benefit from volume measurements?

    Volume inspection of your scanned 3D object is fully automatic with SOL PRO. No need to export to third-party software for measurements and calculations. The software options make the process easily replicated to ensure measurement consistency.

    All you need to do is perform a regular scan, save the 3D model, and the volume inspection result is readily available in cubic cm and cubic in.

    The workflow below describes the simple steps needed for a successful volume inspection process.


    Volume inspection with SOL PRO 3D scanner - read the results directly in the software



    As an example, we have chosen to scan a cube, since the volume of this kind of shape is easily double-checked with a caliper.

    Scanner position

    The current way of measuring volume of an object - before getting a 3D scanner

    The cube measures 7,4x5,9x2,7 cm (2,91x2,32x1,06 in), and this object size requires the scanner set in near position.

    Learn more about near or far scanner position here.

    Scanning mode

    For volume inspection, we recommend that you start out by testing if scanning in Turbo scanning mode is accurate enough for your need. Scanning in Turbo scanning mode will save time, but at a slight cost of accuracy.

    If you need more accuracy, then make test scans in Normal and/or High accuracy scanning modes, and choose which works best for you.

    Exclude texture option

    If you do not need the texture as part of your volume inspection, you can reduce the full scanning process time by 10-15% by checking the ‘Exclude texture’ option before scanning. 

    Use the exclude texture option in SOL PRO Creator software

    Start scanning

    Follow the instructions in SOL PRO Creator software and complete the first scanning pass for your volume inspection.

    VIDEO: Learn the full scanning process from this blog post featuring the video: A SOL PRO 3D scanning from start to finish

    How many scanning passes?

    A scanning pass is a scanning done with the object placed in one orientation.

    SOL PRO Creator can mesh up to five scanning passes, but you only need to make just as many scanning passes necessary to cover the entire object’s surface once.

    For volume inspection, you would typically need at least two scanning passes, so that the part of your object that was facing down in the first scanning pass is also scanned.

    Object with even surface (left) vs. object with detailed surface (right): If your object is intricate with various protruding parts, it may require more than two scanning passes for the laser to fully cover the entire surface and thereby be able to complete the calculations for the volume inspection.

    Save your 3D model

    When you have scanned sufficient orientations, you name and save the file, which then automatically opens in the SOL PRO Viewer software.

    Volume inspection

    The volume of your 3D model is read at the bottom of the screen in SOL PRO Viewer alongside other model information and measurements.

    This applies to all 3D models opened via the Collection in SOL PRO Viewer.

    SOL PRO 3D scanning software - read the volume result directly after scanning


    View the 3D model in Sketchfab


    Good to know

    Optimize alignment option

    A bad alignment will give you an inaccurate volume result. So, in case your object is not aligned well enough by the automatic meshing, you may need to use the Optimize alignment option.

    VIDEO: See how to optimize the alignment in this blog post: Scanning symmetrical objects using ‘Optimize alignment’


    If your volume inspection includes comparison of various 3D models, then make sure that they have been scanned using identical parameters (scanning mode, scanner position, no of scanning passes, etc.).

    Questions about volume inspection and SOL PRO 3D scanner?

    We’re happy to help: Just contact us.

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