LMI Technologies  (LMI), a Vancouver-based developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and inspection technologies, today announced the availability of the latest version of FlexScan3D 3.3.2 software. The company developed the 3D scanning technology to power the HDI 3D scanners that capture accurate, high-resolution 3D digital models from real-world objects. Advancements in this software release continue to focus on optimizing the 3D scanning workflow by introducing more features that automate steps that were previously done manually. The streamlined workflow has the ability to generate digital 3D models from physical objects faster than ever before. The models can be exported for use in a variety of applications, including reverse engineering, 3D printing, visualization, or inspection.
“At LMI, we believe in making 3D technologies like 3D scanning more accessible,” said Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies. “3D scanning can be perceived as a specialized skill that is difficult to learn and master. The new version of FlexScan3D puts those who are new to 3D scanning at ease by automating various steps in the process, making 3D scanning much easier and more intuitive for users from capturing scans to building a 3D model.”
Major developments for FlexScan3D 3.3.2 include:
- Live Scanning Automates the 3D Scanning Process – With Live Scanning’s new smart feature detection, FlexScan3D is capable of triggering a new scan automatically once the scan target is placed into a new position for scanning. The software can detect movement to the scan target, either by hand or mechanical means, and decides when to trigger a new scan. Live scanning simplifies the 3D scanning process by eliminating the need for users to move back and forth between the scanner and the computer in order to create a complete 3D model.
- Automated Mesh Geometry Alignment Speeds Up the Scan Alignment Process – Aligning 3D scans into a digital 3D model typically requires the user to manually rotate a 3D scan into a similar orientation in close proximity to the reference scan before the scans will align properly. Alignment speed is significantly improved with the use of the mesh geometry alignment feature. With this new feature, two scans will align automatically even if the scans are in not close in proximity or in different orientations. Users no longer need to manually position the scans before alignment, requiring less user interaction.
Other improvements to FlexScan3D’s advanced features include:
- Independent Photogrammetry Marker Exposure – FlexScan3D 3.3.2 introduced a separate exposure for photogrammetry markers, making them easier to detect on scan targets with high contrast for scan alignment.
- Motion Control Plugins – Advanced users can develop their own multi-axis rotary control system and integrate with FlexScan3D software for motion control.
FlexScan3D 3.3.2 is now available with the purchase of the HDI 3D Scanners, including the HDI Advance and the HDI 120. The latest version now supports Italian in addition to English, French, German, and Chinese. Customers with valid maintenance package can also download the software for free. For more information, please visit the LMI Technologies ‘ website.