3D Scan Remote Control To Make A Wall Mount
When you think of 3D printing people tend to think only of the most cutting-edge applications in medicine, aerospace, and automotive. We tend to forget that as time passes the technology becomes more affordable, thus increasing its accessibility. One of the predominate uses of 3D printing technology is customization, and this applies to all levels of the technology. In this article we’ll go over how simple it can be to create a custom solution to an everyday problem using 3D scanning and printing.
The project was simple, create a 3D printed wall mount for the controller to give it a proper storage place in the office and prevent it from getting lost. Using the Einscan Pro 2X Multifunctional Handheld Scanner would allow us to obtain a 3D scan of the object. We set up the scanner using the industrial pack’s turn table and tripod attachments. This allows us to scan smaller parts with high accuracy and resolution. The automated turntable also simplifies the scanning process as the software is able to stitch together multiple scans of the object. After a few scans we had a complete 3D model of the part and were able to save it as an stl file which would allow us to modify/reverse engineer the part in CAD software.
The Einscan Pro 2X line of scanners includes a very powerful CAD solution, Solid Edge Shining 3D Edition by SIEMENS. This software allows us to import the scan and extract the stl data into Solid Edge. From there we can extract the patch surface data and use it to do reverse engineering. This process promises a perfect customized fit for the wall mount as we are using the acquired data from the scan.
Based on the obtained key surface data, using the synchronous modeling method, we begin the preliminary modeling of the shape of the wall mount. We adjust the fit to be in line with our scan data and then complete modeling our mount with the specifications we require such as an entry port.
Using Solid Edge’s grid data editing tool, we perform Boolean operation and subtraction on the wall mount and the remote control. This lets us obtain a groove shape that completely conforms to the shape of the remote controller, finalizing the custom fit.
Once the process is complete, we have a complete model of our designed part that is guaranteed to fit as we built it using the controller’s parameters. From here we export the file to our 3D printer’s software and prepare the print job. The Einstart-C then prints out our part, and within a couple of minutes we our hard work materializes into our custom-built wall mount.