Hyundai Motor Europe has started taking advantage of the 3D scanning technology used by designers in 3D printing in order to improve the look and feel of seats for new cars from Hyundai.
The company is using two different Artec handheld 3D scanners, the Artec L and the Artec MHT.
The Artec L scanner has a 3D resolution of 1.0 mm, a point accuracy of 0.2 mm and a working distance of 0.8 to 1.6 m. It’s used to scan the larger surfaces and capture the contours of the seat. The seat is scanned from several different angles, after which the scans are combined to create a rough model of the seat.
After the overall shape of the seat is competed the Artec MHT scanner is used to capture the finer details in the seat’s design, such as levers and switches. The MHT has a 3D resolution of 0.5 mm, a point accuracy of 0.1 mm and a working distance of 0.4 to 1 m.
Both scanners use a flashbulb as a light source and collect data at a speed of 288,000 points per second (PPS).
The data from these two scanners is combined to create a complete 3D model of the seat. Designers then compare the measurements of the 3D model and the prototype in order to ensure the seats meet quality requirements.