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October 2018

3D Scanning heads in an artistic direction

Physical Digital have always worked with a wide variety of clients, spanning a vast number of sectors, so with experience in the automotive industry as well as consumer art, one of our most recent projects with wire frame artist Benedict Radcliffe was an exciting one for us to be involved with. Benedict was commissioned to design a 3D wireframe of a Lamborghini Countach LLP 500 for a US based client, destined to be displayed at a hotel in Las Vegas. With previous wireframe projects, Benedict has relied on blue-prints of vehicles to design the steel structure, which is then cut, moulded and welded by hand.

One of Benedict’s most renowned projects is an Austin FX4, the world-famous London Cab, which is currently placed in Heathrow Terminal 2. Bright orange in colour, the artwork is designed to represent Modern Britain.

One of the obstacles faced by our client is achieving accuracy to provide an exact representation of the required design, which lead Benedict to look for a solution which would enable him to capture as much detail of the vehicles as possible, therefore maintaining authenticity in his designs. Physical Digital’s 3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering services could offer Benedict the accuracy and precision required.

Our Team went on-site using our ATOS TRIPTOP photogrammetry equipment and ATOS Triple scan to capture an original vehicle, including finite detail and key features of the Lamborghini. The highly accurate scan data is then brought into one of our many CAD packages from which a 3D model was then created by our skilled Design Engineers.

Working with Benedict provides a fantastic example of how our 3D scanning and reverse engineering projects can support very niche industries and how valuable such accurate data can be to supporting businesses in their future growth and development.

You find out more about Benedict Radcliffe and his wire frame artwork on his website:

3D Scanning for Halloween

Halloween 3D Scanning

As preferred suppliers of 3D measurement, reverse engineering and quality inspection services to many clients within the Aerospace, Automotive and Power Generation sectors, we have vast experience of working with many industrial components of varying sizes. However, we do also work with some very niche and specialist clients who have one-off 3D scanning projects that fall outside of industrial sectors.

The exciting part of our job is digitizing these objects for the client and seeing how this data is then used further downstream.

We wanted to pick a common object that is recognisable to most in which to showcase the capabilities of our measurement systems, which use 3D Structured Light (3DSL) in which to capture the surface geometry of an object, and that chosen object is a PUMPKIN!

We scanned the pumpkin using our industry-leading non-contact GOM ATOS Scanbox, an automated 3D measurement system uses a robotic arm and GOM’s Triple scan sensor. Thanks to the automatic precision calibration, the Triple scan sensor produces high-resolution scan data at high-speeds, making this a time and cost-effective solution for your project. The Triple scan works with two digital cameras and a sensor that uses narrow-band blue light, resulting in any ambient light being filtered out during the data capture. Together with both cameras, the projection sensor unit operates according to the triple scan principle. During the measurement, a phase shifting fringe patterns is projected onto the surface of the object and captured by two cameras, based on the stereo camera principle.  This produces the precise, accurate 3D data our customers demand.

The pumpkin was placed on a bespoke fixture to further ensure stability of the pumpkin throughout the measurement process.

Once captured, the high-density point-cloud data is processed into a mesh of these points.

Using GOM Inspect to review the high-resolution data following 3D scanning, the images captured by photogrammetry were projected back onto the pumpkin relative to the cameras position, resulting in the 3D colour image you see below, which would be exported as a high-resolution .STL file.

Our experienced team use GOM Inspect industrial software to work with the scan data for all projects captured by our automated ATOS Scan Box and our manual GOM measurement systems.

For more information on how the team at Physical Digital can help digitize your object using our industry-leading GOM 3D optical measurement systems, assist you with reverse engineering and quality inspection for your project, please contact our skilled engineers on 01483 750200 or email

Happy Halloween from all the team at Physical Digital!