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This article will give you information about the workflow for scanning an Object in the Single mode. It explains you the settings and how to successful can a whole object.  


Index



1. Start Single-Object Mode 

When you use the scanner for the first time you need to calibrate. If you want to know more about the calibration process click here


Then click on "New Project" to start the scan. A new window pops up which can be seen bellow. There you can make the following adjustments Give the project a name (surrounded orange), select a scan path (surrounded blue), select the scam mode, which is in our case here the "Single-object mode" (surrounded red), select texture "OFF" or "ON" (surrounded purple)  but this scanner doesn't capture real texture. It can capture kind of grey color. So no real color can be scanned. You can choose "OFF".  The function "Remove curved edges" (surrounded green), will remove noise areas around edges when it's switched "ON". So that edges get more sharp when the function is ON. The "Inspect template" 



In the video bellow you can see the workflow.




2. Fix the object on the scanner


You will find some fixing tool in the scanner box. Here is a short overview how the can be used. 


For small objects the "mini clamp" can be used easily. With the turning wheel you can open the clamp, put the object inside and close the clamp again while turning the turning the wheel in the other direction. Notice: The mini clamp need to be mount on the "general clamp". More to this you can see bellow. 



Another tool is the "General clamp". With this clamp you can fix bigger objects to the scanner. You can change the position of the "limit screws" (surrounded yellow). Also as mentioned before the mini clamp need to be mount on it. In the picture bellow you can see how it should look like. 



Furthermore you have a simply "metal plate". You can use some clay, blue tack (that is also in the package) or hot glue to fix a object on it. In the picture bellow you see a spring fixed with blue tack. 



Last but not least there is a "through-hole clamp" which is very useful for objects like a compressor wheel or objects which have a through hole and can be fixed with the screw on the top of the tool (surrounded green)




3. Adjust the scanner and make the first scan of the objects


After fixing the object on the turntable, some settings need to be adjust that the scanner works correctly. 


3.1 Adjust brightness 

Generally the brightness can be set to low when scanning a white object For a dark object the brightens need to be set up.

When you see red areas on the part it's bad. So red is bad because it's overexposed.


 The brightness can be change after each scan. They are two ways. First you can use the automatic function by clicking on the "A" Then the system tries to find the best settings automatically. Other way is that you adjust the brightness via the slider under the camera window. Set it so that there is no much red. 


In the video bellow you can see the process (first hand then automatic)



3.2 Adjust the mirror


Next step please make sure that the object is in the field of view of the camera. For that click on "Activation height adjustment". The turntable will move to another position. With the slider on the right side you can move the mirror of the scanner. When the object is to see in the cameras the position is good. If the object is bigger you can start with the button part first and with the next scan group you can readjust the mirror and scan the top part. 


The blue line at the button is a "cutting plane". You can move it up and down with the the mouse. So everything under this line wont be captured by the system. 


In the video bellow you can see the process 



For changing and editing the scan path please have a look to the article here


3.3 Start first scan group


After the the adjustment are done the scan can be started. Just click on the "Scan" button in the lower right side.

In the video bellow you can see the process 



3.4 Add a scan


When the firsts scan are made you can add single scan to close the open areas. 

Turn the object to the area you want to scan on the screen. So that you can see he area which you want to scan and click on "Add Scan" on the right side. If you move the object to a position that can't be reach the "add scan" button is grey and can't be used. he object must be move dto a new position. It is also possible to change the position of the mirror to scan more of the top from the part. In the video you can see the process





4. Clean the scan and scan the other side


After the scan is done you can select data which are not need and delete them.  for this click on the right side on "Free Select". Now you are in the select mode. You can choose between a "pint brush", "rectangle" or "lasso". The lasso is the standard tool when you start. Now just click and hold the left mouse button and select the area you want to delete. Thee select area should be red. With the "bin" icon or "delete" key on the keyboard you can delete the unnecessary part. You can also "Undo" the selection if you deleted too much. 


In the video bellow you can see the process. 




5. Create a new group and align the scans


To scan the whole objects you need now to change the position of the object on the turntable. Then adjust the setting as you have done before for the bigness and the mirror. Now click on "Flip scan" and the next scan group will be created. 




6. Alignment 


After the "Flip Scan" is done and you have cleaned the scan, you can align the two groups. On the lower right side is the alignment function. When you click on it a new windows pops and the software automatically starts to align the scans. In case the automatic function didn't worked correctly you can also manuell align the scans. The manuel alignment is available after the automatic alignment has finished. To start it, please click on the "manuel alignment button" in the lower right  corner. The two scan groups will be displayed. Click with the mouse on three common areas of the scans. Then the scans will be aligned. In the video bellow you an see the workplace. 




Note:


After the alignment is done you can put the object to a new position, click flip scan again to create a 3rd group and so on. So you can create more and more scan groups until you have scanned the whole object. 



7. Mesh 

To create an STL from the point cloud please click on "Data wrap". a new window pops up where you can choose if you want to get a watertight or unwatertight module of you scan. In the video bellow you can see the process. 





If you have any question or problem please feel free to contact us via metrology_support@shining3d.com










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