Scanning a Clay Model for Printing or: How I Spent Way Too Much Time Making My Halloween Costume

Clay Krang

Happy Halloween, folks! In honour of my favourite holiday, today’s post is about how I scanned part of my Halloween costume to be 3D printed.

Let’s start with the costume idea;  this year, I wanted to be Krang from the Ninja Turtles.  Yeah, this guy:

Aside from the fact that I’m not a 7-foot-tall neck-less battle robot, I also don’t have a brainy overlord hanging around, which presents some technical difficulties.  I had to make Krang! Read More


Figure 4. .obj model opened in Meshlab.

Photogrammetry, despite sounding rather complex, is basically  the stitching together of a series of photos to obtain a 3D model. In this post, we will analyze the results of a 3d model provided by Autodesk Recap 360. This post will just be a simple example; we will delve deeper in future posts for more detailed analyses. Read More

BuildIT Releases Latest Version of 3D Metrology Software – BuildIT 2015

BuildIT Jets 2015
BuildIT’s latest version release adds numerous features including meshing capabilities

Montreal, QC, February 2015 – BuildIT Software & Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of BuildIT 2015, a major update to the 3D metrology software.  BuildIT 2015 adds many new features and improvements including cloud-handling and mesh creation for reverse engineering, import/export compatibility with Autodesk’s AutoCAD software, enhancements to the object manager, inspect geometry command and GD&T workflows, and much more. BuildIT 2015’s advanced point cloud processing and new STL mesh generation feature expands BuildIT’s capabilities to reverse engineering applications such as 3D printing, rapid prototyping and CFD analysis. Read More

Gulfstream Provides Top-Flight Quality with Build!IT Software

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Gulfstream Fuselage Assembly

A transition to digital assembly

Like many aircraft manufacturers, Gulfstream had long used full scale master tool models to manually craft and build their business jets. However, as technology advanced there was a shift toward digital engineering and manufacturing, including automated assembly by robotic riveting machines. Having relied in the past on physical tools for the skin panel assemblies, Gulfstream did not have the digital models needed to produce a numerical control programming to drive the automated riveting system. In order to evolve to the new process, they would need to reverse engineer the legacy white masters, create precise 3D CAD models then insert these models into the engineering design system for automated assembly. The process benefited from a combination of portable measurement devices and Build!IT software. Read More

Build!IT helps Aircraft Tooling and Design Group Grow its Business

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Final Inspection

Pride in workmanship and personal involvement are the credos of Aircraft Tooling and Design Group. What seem like simple business principles have propelled this small, central Florida-based company to become a valuable part of the supply chain for aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed and Sikorsky. In just over two years this busy production facility has produced hundreds of master tools. Read More