Physical Digital At the cutting edge: laser engraving project

The engineering team at Physical Digital has been involved in helping a leading laser engraving company on a major project. Using the high-end GOM Triple Scan system in-house, we were able to capture high resolution detail of the object.


Our 3D non-contact scanning services rely on the globally-respected GOM measurement system, which allows us to scan any object of any size up to 25 metres in precise detail. The scanner uses two high resolution digital cameras to capture the data. A blue light emitting diode (LED) and digital projector passes a fringe pattern across the surface of the object. Using triangulation principles the sensor accurately measures the divergence and convergence of the pattern, creating a high density point cloud of surface measurements.


Improving the production cycle 

For this project, the captured scan data was used to create a fixture utilising the cutting-edge reverse engineering capabilities of Geomagic Design X and Geomagic Design Direct. Reverse engineering is the process of creating a computer aided design (CAD) model from scan data of a physical object. Our design engineers have expert knowledge in produce development, mechanical design and analysis, and ensure our clients gain quality data in the form of 3D models and 2D drawings.


A 3D printed prototype of the fixture was made to test design feasibility and gather exact position data of the coordinate system. This will be used for input into the laser engraving system at a later stage of the project. Physical Digital’s involvement will improve the overall production cycle and keep our client ahead of its competitors.


For more details on how to keep ahead of the competition through the use of high-quality data, contact our expert team on 01483 750200 or email Visit our website: