3D Laser Scanning Used to Create Virtual B1-B

U.S. Air Force Partners with Wichita State University

In Wichita, Kansas, a B1 bomber has just landed. The United States Air Force is partnering with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research to create a virtual replica with 3D laser scanning. This project is being done so that the Air Force may be able to determine the future of these bombers and what is to come. This also allows them to save a digital copy of how it is built and creates. 

What is a B1-B? If you are new to Air Force terms and names of planes, B1-B is one of the massive planes that drop bombs for the United States. These planes are always being updated to keep up to date. This allows them to carry more cargo, keep the soldiers safe while also flying at top speed and long distances. 

Using 3D laser scanning, the researchers can identify information on this bomber without touching it. They can collect the full picture and turn it into virtual reality to inspect up close. They will use this virtual reality to fly the b1-b once more. 3D laser scanning has many uses, and it can actually help prepare our military more. 

Why the military is turning to 3D laser scanning 

Believe it or not, the military can receive some fantastic benefits by adopting this cutting-edge technology. We have always known that the air force likes to stay on top of technological trends, especially when it can help advance their soldiers’ training. Here are some of the reasons we see it more in the military. 

Trains soldiers

One of the best features of 3D laser scanning is that it can help create virtual reality. This allows engineers to inspect pieces without being physically in the same room, but it does more than that. Suppose a researcher scans the plane and edits the images through a CAD system. In that case, they can actually develop virtual reality to train soldiers without putting them at risk of any danger. 

3d laser scanning helps with Understanding the pieces of the B1-B

Planes are complex. They are much more complicated than we know and have a lot of pieces that need to be maintained and upgraded. Using cutting-edge technology can help maintain pieces and do regular inspections to ensure the plane is maintained throughout the years. It is much faster than inspecting components by hand. 

Preserving the plane physically and digitally 

Of course, the United States Air Force will do everything they can to physically preserve the B1-B and maintain it as best they can. However, that does not allow others to see it or tour it. Using a 3D laser scanning device, they can create tours for the public to “view” and learn about this amazing plane. It is another way to preserve it and share it with others. It allows it to be saved for future generations. 

Final thoughts

3D laser scanning has changed our world and has entered our lives with a loud bang. It will continue to be used in the military and serve other branches as well. We can’t wait to see what projects this technology is used for throughout the next few years. 

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