Making and Saving Dough With 3D Laser Scanning

3d laser scanning can hep you curtail companies trying to

Everyone knows the old sales gimmick: sell something to them cheap and then milk their money on service, accessories, or replacement parts.  You know what I’m talking about.  Have you ever walked into Walmart and see one of those super cheap printers? You think to yourself “Well ah be darn. If dat ain’t da cheaps priner I er saw.” Then you buy it thinking you will save a bucket load.  It’s not until your first ink cartridge goes dry that you realize the sad expensive truth; you are going to pay up the bazooka.  Well, that is the way the world works these days.  People are always thinking of better tricks of the trade. They are the fishermen, you are the fish, and the product is the bait. The hook is the replacement part, and that is what kills you. Well, some people are sick and tired of that, and they are looking for ways to get around wasting their money. Do you know how? They are doing this through 3D laser scanning.

3d laser scanning solves problem for baking company

One example is a baking company that started creating their own replacement parts instead of buying from the manufacturer. The baking company had purchased some high quality mixers, but after a few months of hard dough mixing, a small metal part on these mixers would break and need to be swapped out with a new one. This was racking up quite a monthly bill.  Not only that but, it took quite a bit of time to get them shipped over. So they really needed a way to lower cost. 

As you can guess, they looked for the answer and came up with the right solution. That is, to 3D laser scanning solution to make that product and reproduce it.  So they took that part down to some 3D scanning professionals had it replicated.  That $1500 replacement part was now only going to cost about half. Overall, the baking company saved about 60% using 3D laser scanning technology. 

Before you think the story ends and everyone lives happily ever after, there is actually a twist to the story.  Replicating the part was not as easy as it looked.  The first time they replicated the part, it was a little off kilter.  That was bad news, because with a little bit of imbalance with that part, the entire mixer could break quickly after turning it on.  So they had to be extra careful about getting the part just right.

Fortunately, the story has a good ending. The 3D laser scanning engineers were able to get the job done right. They use the Thor3D scanner to get a near exact copy of the part.  After they made a replica of it, they covered the part in a composite of ceramic. After this they cooked it at a super high temperature causing all of the plastic inside of it to melt and burn away.  Finally they filled the hole with stainless steel. Boom! Done.

What a smart move on their part.  Now that bakery is not just baking dough, but they are rolling in it from all the savings.  If that doesn’t get you thinking about all the possibilities there are with 3D laser scanning, I can’t imagine what will.   

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