SHINING 3D’s “From Scan to Print” Solution Used in Design of Artistic Music Box

June 28, 2017

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Summary:

A product designer has used Shining3D’s EinScan-Pro 3D scanner to scan an European-style carved board and an eight-note music box movement as part of the reverse-engineering and design of a new product. Then, he used of Shining3D’s industrial-3D printer iSLA-650 3D printer to produce the final artistic music box.

Customer Profile:

“The Cadanza Working Studio” seeks to integrate the elegance and beauty of classical music into its product designs. At the same time, Cadanza also uses the latest technologies, such as 3D printing, in the manufacturing process to create distinctive and automized products for consumers.

About the Case:

Sheldon, designer of the “Cadanza Working Studio”, is an aficionado of classical music. He is also a great fan of classical Western musical instruments, such as the piano and the violin, as well as the decorations on such instruments (such as the elegant and beautiful European-style carved surfaces). At the beginning of his new music box project, he decided to make use of the 3D scanner to integrate the European-style carving pattern into his design.

1. Early stylistic design

The designer created a sketch that showed the approximate appearance and style of the music box. The approximate outline of the product was also created in the design software.

(Preliminary conceptual design, and model-building)

2. Conceptualizing the scaning plan

After the early stylistic design was complete, the designer determined the parts that would require the use of the 3D scanner. The designer decided to make use of the 3D scanner to aid the design of the product in two ways.

First, the 3D scanner was used to scan the European-style carved board to obtain scanned data of the carving pattern which would then be integrated into the final design of the music box.
Second, the 3D scanner was used to scan the music box movement to aid the structural design of the music box movement.

(Music box movement)
(European-style carved board)

3. Scan the model data

Scan of the European-style carved board:

The designer used Shining3D’s EinScan-Pro 3D handheld scanner to scan the European-style carved board. The designer switched the build-in software of the scanner to the handheld HD scanning mode to perform the scanning with the designer held the scanner in one hand and the carved board in another hand. As the scanning going on, the scanned data were shown in real time in the software interface on the computer screen. The 3D scan of the board was completed in around ten minutes.

(The designer used the handheld HD mode of the EinScan-Pro scanner to scan the European-style carved board.)
(The 3D scanned data of the carved board, click here to watch the scanned 3D model)

Scan of the music box movement:

After the scan of the carved board was completed, the designer moved on to the scanning of the music box movement. The designer placed the EinScan-Pro on a dedicated tripod and the music box movement on a turntable. Then, he switched the scanner to automatic scan mode. Scanned data of the music box movement was quickly obtained with the pairing of the turntable and tripod.

(The designer used the automatic scan mode of the EinScan-Pro to conduct an automated scan of the music box movement)
(Scan data of the box movement were shown in the software)
(3D scan data of the music box movement were obtained through scanning)
(3D scan data of the music box movement were obtained through scanning)

4. Assisted reverse-engineering and design

Once the designer had obtained the 3D scanned data of the European-style carved board and music box movement, the data were imported into software for reverse-engineering to aid the design of the details and structure of the artistic music box.

Designing the carved top cover of the music box:

(3D scanned data of the carved board is imported into design software)

The designer imported the STL scan data of the European-style carved board into the design software. The design of the top cover of the new music box was quickly generated after amendments, extraction and copying with the scan data obtained and subsequent integration with the design model created in the early stage.

(The carved top cover of the music box designed with the aid of 3D scan data from the European-style carved board)

Designing the installation structure of the music box movement:

For the design of the installation structure of the music box movement, the designer imported the STL scan file into the design software. Then, he designed the structure of the music box movement to be installed into the music box using the relevant parameters from the scanned model, such as overall dimensions, screw positions and diameter, etc.

(3D scanned data of the music box movement were imported into the design software)
(The installation structure of the music box movement designed with the aid of the 3D scanned data)

5. Printing and post-printing processing

After all the designs were completed, the designer printed out the finished product using Shining3D’s industrial-grade iSLA-650 3D printer. The manufacture and assembly process of the music box was completed following polishing and spray painting and with the installation of the music box movement, foot pad, and hinges.

(Music box components printed using the industrial-grade iSLA-650 3D printer)
(Music box components and parts to be assembled, all of which have been created through 3D printing)
(The completed artistic music box after painting and assembling)