S-CAN offers a large range of services to do with digital manufacturing. If you have a physical object which needs turning into a 3D computer model and ultimately a remanufactured item then it is likely that we can help.

What is 3D scanning?

3D scanning is a way of scanning real-world objects to obtain data about their shapes. The process is similar to scanning a photograph, or making an MP3 file from a vinyl LP. It creates a digital version of a physical object.

3D scanning is ideal for digitally capturing shapes that are complex, irregular or difficult to measure manually, such as unusual components or items made by hand.

Once acquired, shape data can be stored, edited and copied like any other data. It can also be used to make on-screen or physical models of the original object, or imported into CAD/CAM software for conversion into a working CAD model to use for machining.

The technology is constantly developing and new uses for it are being discovered all the time. Typical applications include making digital ‘backups’ of precious or irreplaceable objects, remanufacturing components for which plans are unavailable and inspecting finished manufactured parts against the original design.

What we do


We capture shape data using state-of-the-art non-contact scanning equipment.

Using our wide-ranging experience in design engineering we can process the shape data to provide it in the format you require. We can leave the 3D scans as point cloud for inspection and self processing, make it so you can render or rapid prototype it as a polygonal meshes or convert it into a complete solid or surfaced CAD model that can be used for machining or editing in your own software.

What we can scan

We can scan almost anything, from a miniature component right up to cars, boats and planes. Our scanners do however have to be able to ‘see’ every surface of an object to successfully scan them in their entirety. As a rough guide, if you can take a photo of it, we can scan it.

Best results are usually achieved scanning at our base, using our specifically designed mounting and fixturing systems to ensure maximum accuracy, although we also offer a completely mobile service so can scan anywhere in the UK or abroad, even in more remote locations where there is no power available.