The technology of 3D laser scanning was first introduced in the early 1990’s and since then, a number of industries have benefited from it in many different ways.
A 3D scanner helps law enforcement agencies in a tremendous way. For instance, it can capture and store vast amounts of data, and has the ability to record the dimensions of any object; the accuracy and precision data collected is vital evidence at the scene of a crime and/or accident. This gives law enforcement officers a clearer picture of the incident, and helps them capture crucial evidence to determine exactly what has happened.
The use of scanning technology also plays a major part in aiding historian and archaeologists in their attempts to recapture old historical structures and terrains that are for certain eras of time. The scanner will capture and store the data allowing the user to refer back to it as many times as needed. The data can help when there is a need to reproduce an object using CAD engineering models.
Laser scanning technology aids engineers in there site and structure modeling. By using CAD models the engineer has the ability to reverse engineer amend or add to any design that he is working on in order to perfect it.
As you can clearly see from the above industry examples, 3d scanning is here to stay. There is no doubt concerning that, these are two small scale illustrations compared to the many other industries benefiting and relying on this technology for their business success. Scanning technology is progressing at a speedy rate and over the coming years will become more and more part of daily life in almost every industry, and in the daily life of the general public. It is time to embrace this innovation and use it to its maximum capacity.