SOL by Scan Dimension


SOL PRO 3D scanner can assist you with quality assurance and product inspection.

By scanning and then exporting your model to your CAD software, you can compare it to your original to ensure that industry tolerances are met or that your model is an exact copy.

This approach is also useful for old replacement parts, discontinued parts or when you are unable to obtain the original drawings.

Simple Steps Using SOL PRO

Scan Dimension 3D scanners scan to inspect

  1. Scan the object using the SOL PRO 3D scanner with included SOL PRO Creator software.
  2. Review your scan in the SOL PRO Viewer software. 
  3. Export in one of the supported formats: OBJ, STL, XYZ, DAE, or PLY files.
  4. Import your scan into your 3D software.  
  5. Inspect your scan - take measurements or compare with your original drawings with your own 3D software.

Modeling file types

Depending on your modeling software, you may need to export your scan in a specific file type.  The most common file type for modeling software is an OBJ file, but SOL PRO support many more. 
File Format
Background & Usage
STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes. The STL format specifies both ASCII and binary representations. Binary files are more common, since they are more compact.  (Learn More)
An OBJ file is a standard 3D image format that can be exported and opened by various 3D image editing programs. It contains a three-dimensional object including 3D coordinates, texture maps, polygonal faces, and other object information.  The OBJ format is widely considered to be a universal format for 3D image editing applications. The OBJ file commonly contains references to one or more .MTL files, which contains surface shading material.  (Learn More)
PLY is a computer file format known as the Polygon File Format or the Stanford Triangle Format. It was principally designed to store three-dimensional data from 3D scanners. The data storage format supports a relatively simple description of a single object as a list of nominally flat polygons. A variety of properties can be stored, including: color and transparency, surface normals, texture coordinates and data confidence values. The format permits one to have different properties for the front and back of a polygon. (Learn More)
3D interchange file format used for exchanging digital assets between multiple graphics programs; based on the COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) XMLschema, which is now owned and developed by Autodesk.
The XYZ file format is a chemical file format. There is no formal standard and several variations exist.  The file format is used in computational chemistry programs for importing and exporting geometries.
One common file type that is not currently supported by SOL PRO is the STP or STEP file.  A STP file is a 3D assembly file supported by various mechanical design programs such as TurboCAD and Fusion 360. It contains three-dimensional object data saved in the Standard for the Exchange of Product Data (STEP) format. STP files are saved in a text-based ASCII format that conforms to the STEP Application Protocols ISO 10303-2xx. 
STP files are primarily used for transferring 3D graphics between different CAD and CAM systems. Many manufacturers use the STP file for designing and pricing molds or manufactured parts.


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