CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. It refers to the use of computer software to create, modify, analyze, and optimize designs for various products and systems. CAD software allows engineers, architects, designers, and other professionals to generate detailed 2D and 3D models of objects, structures, or components.

CAD design facilitates the visualization of concepts, enabling designers to explore different iterations and variations of a design before committing to physical prototypes. It offers precision and accuracy in measurements, as well as the ability to simulate real-world conditions and performance. Additionally, CAD software often integrates with other tools and technologies, such as computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), forming a complete digital design and production workflow.

Overall, CAD design plays a crucial role in modern product development processes, allowing for faster, more efficient, and cost-effective design iterations and ultimately leading to the creation of better-quality products.


What format (files) do you use for your CAD Design? (Computer-Aided Design) files encompass a variety of file formats used to store digital representations of 2D and 3D designs created using CAD software. Some common CAD file formats include:

  1. DWG (Drawing): Developed by Autodesk, DWG is a proprietary file format used primarily for 2D and 3D drawings in AutoCAD and other Autodesk software.
  2. DXF (Drawing Exchange Format): Also developed by Autodesk, DXF is a widely supported file format used for exchanging CAD drawings between different CAD software programs.
  3. STL (Stereolithography): STL is a file format commonly used for 3D printing and rapid prototyping. It represents the surface geometry of a 3D model using a collection of triangular facets.
  4. IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification): IGES is a neutral file format used for exchanging 2D and 3D CAD data between different CAD software applications.
  5. STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data): STEP is an ISO standard for exchanging product data between different CAD software programs. It supports both 2D and 3D geometry as well as additional product information.
  6. OBJ (Wavefront Object): OBJ is a simple and widely supported file format used for storing 3D geometry, often used in 3D graphics and animation software.
  7. FBX (Filmbox): FBX is a proprietary file format developed by Autodesk for exchanging 3D models, animations, and other data between different software applications.
  8. SLDPRT (SolidWorks Part): SLDPRT is a file format used by SolidWorks for storing individual part files in a 3D CAD assembly.

These are just a few examples of CAD file formats, and there are many others used by various CAD software programs. The choice of file format depends on factors such as compatibility with specific software applications, intended use of the CAD data, and industry standards.

Can you do a CAD design from an existing part? Yes, this is what we specialize in. Rather you need a design change, hole moves, or drawing for production, we can do it.

What is the cost of CAD design?
3D modeling costs will vary depending on the project. The cost of a standard project can range from $300 to $2,000 depending on its complexity.
One hour of reverse engineering can start from $100-$200 per hour, and the more complex the object, the more time it will take to reverse engineer it.


3D scanning is a technology used to capture the physical shape and dimensions of objects in the real world and convert them into digital 3D models. It involves the use of specialized equipment, such as 3D scanners, which emit structured light, lasers, or other sensing mechanisms to capture detailed information about the object’s surface geometry.

The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Scanning: The 3D scanner is used to capture multiple points on the surface of the object, often by emitting light or laser beams and recording the reflections or distortions caused by the object’s surface.
  2. Data Processing: The data collected from the scanner is processed using specialized software to create a point cloud—a set of data points representing the object’s surface in three-dimensional space.
  3. Mesh Generation: The point cloud data is then used to generate a mesh—a digital representation of the object’s surface composed of interconnected triangles or polygons.
  4. Texturing (optional): In some cases, additional information such as color or texture may be captured during scanning and applied to the 3D model to create a more realistic representation.
  5. Finalization: The 3D model is refined and optimized as needed, ensuring that it accurately represents the scanned object.

3D scanning has numerous applications across various industries, including manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, archaeology, art and cultural heritage preservation, and entertainment. It is used for purposes such as quality control, reverse engineering, digital preservation, virtual prototyping, and animation.


How much 3D scanning costs is a frequent question of our customers. And it’s a complex one too. Just like with any other technological equipment, many factors need to be considered.

  1. The size of an object or a part
    A larger object will typically require more time and scans to get a complete model than a smaller object. Therefore, a scan of a larger object will cost more than a scan of a smaller object.
  2. Geometry of an object or a part
    A larger object will typically require more time and scans to get a complete model than a smaller object. Therefore, a scan of a larger object will cost more than a scan of a smaller object.
  3. Quantity of parts or objects in a project
    This consideration logically follows the first two — the more objects or parts you need to capture, the more resources it will take to scan and process them, whether you plan to do it in-house or outsource. Each part of an object, or multiple solid objects, still needs to be scanned on its own and may require a different scanning and data processing workflow.
    For example, for a complete scan ready for reverse engineering, the item frequently needs to be disassembled so that each component can be scanned separately.
  4. Accuracy and resolution of a final model
    Therefore, the more accurate and high-quality you need your model to be, the more expensive it will be to capture it in 3D.
  5. Color
    Another factor that goes into the scanning cost is color. Some applications require color scans and a true likeness of an object.
  6. Application
    If you are seeking raw 3D scan data, it usually comes at no additional cost.
    If you need to get a parametric CAD model as an output instead of a mesh, this step will cost extra.
  7. Complex materials and scanning condition
    Some surfaces that are reflective or shiny can be challenging to capture as is and may require additional time spent on preparation and spraying them with a washable or vanishing scanning spray, as well as the clean-up afterward.

Hourly Rates – Generally, smaller projects are charged an hourly rate of anywhere between $100 – $500.
Daily Rates – Larger projects that require multiple days of scanning may be charged a daily rate of $1,000 – $3,000.

On average, the price ranges from $250 for a simple small object to more than $2,000 for a complex mechanical part.

For example. A car rim 15×6.5 falls under the medium-complexity category and it can cost up to $800 for the job.

Please contact us and we can discuss further your needs for 3D scanning.


Measurement accuracy: ±10 μm
Measurement resolution: 9 million points
Captured data format: Full-color textured 3D mesh data

Stage top panel size: ⌀ 500 mm (⌀ 19.69″)
Stage rotation: 360° (infinite rotation)
Stage movement range: ⌀ 200 mm (⌀ 7.87″)
Tilt mechanism: up to 45°
Load capability: 50 kg (110.23 lb)

Measurement range:
Low magnification (wide field) – ⌀ 300 x H 200 mm (⌀ 11.81″ x H 7.87″)
High magnification (high resolution) – ⌀ 70 x H 50 mm (⌀ 2.76″ x H 1.97″)

Extended measurement:
Low magnification (2 × 2 composition) – ⌀ 500 x H 200 mm (⌀ 19.69″ x H 7.87″)
Low magnification (3 × 1 composition) – W 580 x D 300 x H 200 mm (W 22.83″ x D 11.81″ x H 7.87″)*

High magnification (2 × 2 composition) – ⌀ 110 x H 50 mm (⌀ 4.33″ x H 7.97″)
High magnification (3 × 1 composition) – W 150 x D 70 x H 50 mm (W 5.91″ x D 2.76″ x H 1.97″)*
*Largest width for long and circular shape range

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