There are many tools still in operation that have no CAD data. As those tools start to wear out and replacements are needed, many companies turn to 3D scanning for help in creating the CAD data.
Other reasons to use 3D scanning to digitally copy tooling include:
- CAD data was lost
- Tooling supplier will not supply the data
- Changes were made to tooling without updating existing CAD
- CAD data unreliable
- Injection mold Original production tooling was shipped from tooling source in Asia but the vendor would not supply the CAD data.
- The tool was damaged during production so a replacement cavity had to be manufactured.
- The customer sent the tooling to Absolute Geometries for 3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering.