Exploring the potential of 3D scanning in Industry 4.0: An overview

Abid Haleem, Mohd Javaid, Ravi Pratap Singh, Shanay Rab Shanay Rab, Rajiv Suman, Lalit Kumar, Ibrahim Haleem Khan

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A 3D scanner is a non-contact, non-destructive digital device that uses a light line/laser to accurately capture the shape of a physical object into Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data. It generates a point cloud or a set of data points in a coordinate system that accurately depicts a physical object's size and shape. The urge of human beings to build and recreate 3D objects is an essential requirement in the context of Industry 4.0. In Industry 4.0, 3D scanners are helpful for designing, assessing the minor features of any product, capturing freeform, and providing precise point clouds for complicated geometry and curved surfaces. Today advanced technologies are being introduced in industries, and 3D scanning technology is one of the latest emerging technologies. The situation has progressed significantly, and the ever-emerging world of 3D technology still disrupts a variety of sectors. This paper discusses 3D Scanning, its working process, and its adoption for reverse engineering and Industry 4.0 culture. Finally, this paper covers essential features, traits, and applications of 3D Scanning for Industry 4.0. Using different methods, 3D Scanning can collect information about an item, about an object's highness, breadth, and depth. 3D scanners are available on the market from high-end possibilities. They have different resolutions, and now they provide details of the scan to superimpose colour on an object, but the industry wants them to be developed for other quality attributes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-171
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Cognitive Computing in Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2022


  • 3D scanning
  • Applications
  • Features
  • Industry 4.0
  • Working process


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