Easily model plants and refineries using 3D scanning in Houston

  • Obtain as-built models of plants and refineries

  • Engineer with greater accuracy

  • Obtain CAD models for legacy parts

  • Greatly reduce rework and change orders

  • Use point clouds for virtual site visitation

  • Reduce product design iterations

  • Update your as-built drawings

  • Preserve irreplaceable parts forever

Choose from many possible output formats including:


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Industrial 3D Models


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Part Models


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Architectural Models


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Inspection Reports


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2D Drawings


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3D Print Files & Parts

3D scanning can capture large areas in a short period of time

  • Map out structure, piping and conduit to accurately plan changes to your facility
  • Engineer new piping runs
  • Create presentations for proposals and bids
  • Get a 3D as0built CAD of your facility
  • Capture topography data for civil engineering and planning
  • View the site from your office using color 360 panoramic images
  • Reduce costly and hazardous onsite time for your people

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3D Scan of a Hospital

3D scanning can capture detailed, accurate 3D models of your parts

  • Get models in Solidworks format for easy editing
  • Models can be ready for manufacturing
  • Get 3D printing services for rapid prototyping
  • Get 2D prints and shop drawings
  • Duplicate hard-to-find or obsolete parts
  • Bring your part to market quicker
  • Outsource complex CAD work

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SLDPRT model made from scan data

3D Inspection verifies your parts for quality

  • Compare parts to reference geometry
  • Evaluate castings for accuracy in manufacturing
  • Troubleshoot fitment issues
  • Compare parts from different suppliers
  • Prove compliance with your customer’s tolerances
  • Detect minute surface and shape flaws
  • Get detailed inspection reports

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tim-h
Tim H.,

Unarco Industries

“Our company gave Arrival 3D a very challenging task to perform and they delivered exactly what we asked for and more! The part they scanned has very intricate geometry on various planes and is something that we have had issues trying to measure for years. With their help we now have an accurate CAD model that we can trust matches exactly what is produced.

We were very impressed with the accuracy and timely delivery and consider them a valuable resource. I highly recommend Arrival 3D for any scanning job you have..”

Are you new to 3D scanning?

If so, that is not a problem, many of our customers are. Here are answers to questions that people often have about 3D scanning:

What is 3D scanning?

3d scanning is the process of using electronic instruments to capture the precise shape of an object in digital form. There are two main types: 1) long range 3D scanning services and 2) part 3D scanning services.

Is there a size limit?

Yes, but it is very broad and ranges from about the size of a kernel of corn to the size of a very large industrial facility. For example, a mile-long assembly line would be no problem. For a California customer, we once scanned five miles of conveyor belts.

How accurate is it?

Depending on the type of scanning, accuracy can range from 1/8″ for building scanning to .0005″ for industrial ct scanning services. The typical accuracy for an average part is about .005″.

How much does it cost?

The cost of doing 3d scanning in Houston starts at $100 or more depending on part size and complexity. On-site 3D laser scanning cost starts at $1,500 per day or more depending on the situation. Every scan is different, so call us for a customized quote for your project.

How long does it take?

Typical turnaround for a simple scanning project is 3-5 days. If CAD modeling is involved, the turnaround time varies according to complexity.

Houston 3D Scanning Services Gallery

Here are some example renderings taken from recent 3D scanning service projects that we have worked on in Texas:

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Who uses 3d scanning services?

  • Power Plant Engineers
  • Facility Managers
  • Architects
  • BIM Managers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Mold Makers
  • Machinists
  • Product Designers
  • Inventors
  • Quality Managers

  • Forensic Engineers
  • Law Enforcement Agents
  • Artists & Sculptors
  • Archaeologists
  • Scientists & Researchers
  • Dentists
  • Game Designers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Virtual World Creators
  • Marketing Directors

Why would you use 3D scanning services?

Whenever you need to solve problems such as:

  • You have a mold that we’ve been using for 30 years and have no drawings for it
  • You need to install additional piping within an already congested space
  • You are re-purposing a space and need as-built drawings
  • You have a hand-made prototype and need to create drawings to manufacture it
  • You need to perform a FAI (First Article Inspection)

What types of output files can be obtained?

Many standard 3D files can be produced including Solidworks, STL for 3D printing, AutoCAD, STEP, IGES, XYZ, ReCap and many more. Here is a more extensive list of the file formats you can get from 3D scanning services.

Will 3D Scanning damage my part?

No. 3D Laser scanning is a non-contact technique. For highly reflective parts, we may coat the part with a light talcum powder which is easliy removed.

Are 3D scanning services safe?

Our on-site laser scanning process uses eye-safe instruments in most cases. For flammable environments we use an explosion-proof scanner. 3D scanning promotes safety because it permits you to take measurements from a safe distance from your plant hazards.

What types of 3D scanners do you use?

We use some of the best 3D scanners available. And if we don’t have it, we know where to get it.

Can I do the scanning myself?

Yes! DIY 3D scanning may be an option for you. If you have the time and patience, you can do 3D scanning for free. But if accuracy, quality and turnaround time matter, we’d be glad to do it for you.

We serve the entire state of Texas, and have a centrally located scanning engineer for 3D scanning in Austin, 3D scanning in San Antonio, 3D scanning in Houston, and 3D scanning in Dallas.

sample files to download

Here are a various types of scan output formats that you can download and test with your software. (These are for your testing use only, and not for publishing or distribution)


spoiler 3d scan
Porsche Spoiler Mount STL Raw Scan


automotive bracket scan
Cast Bracket Cover XYZ Point Cloud


brake caliper 3d scan
Vehicle Brake Caliper STL Raw Scan


autosurface nurbs automotive bracket
Auto Mounting Bracket STP NURBS Autosurface


autosurface NURBS model
Kidney-shaped Part IGS Hybrid NURBS


tuyere 3d scan
Tuyere Prismatic STP Generic CAD


worm gear steering gear 3d model
Shaft Screw Gear IGS Generic CAD


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Flanged Fitting SLDPRT Feature-based Model


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Flanged Fitting SLDDRW Solidworks Drawing


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Flanged Fitting PDF Dimensioned 2D CAD


drone 3d model
Stockpile Drone Scan 3D PDF Color Mesh


Autodesk Revit model
Warehouse Scan RVT Autodesk Revit Model


piping 3D scan and model
Piping with Ground DWG Layered AutoCAD


warehouse 3d scan and CAD model
Building Structure DXF Layered AutoCAD


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Molded Trumpetn PDF Deviation Report

3d scanning in houston

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