The cost of 3D scanning services can vary greatly. There are several factors to consider:
1. Size of object being scanned.
2. Which 3D scanner is being used: 3D scanners cost anywhere from $400 to $300,000. Typically more expensive scanners can measure more accurately. A cheap scanner might get +/-0.02". An expensive scanner will get +/-0.0005".
3. What file format is needed and how much post-processing is necessary: independate of the type of scanner, scan data processing usually takes 2-5 times more time than the scanning itself. The data processing time varies based on what type of file format is needed. From quickest to longest, here is a list of file formats; Polygon Model (.stl), Auto-surface Model (iges, step, etc), Hybrid Model (iges, step, etc), Dumb CAD model (iges, step, etc.), Native/parametric CAD model (.sldprt, .prt, etc.)
4. Complexity of part: 3D scanning is line of sight. Regardless of the size of the part being scanned, the time it takes to scan a part is directly correlated to the part's complexity.
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