Polar Design & Engineering’s 3D Laser Scanning service is a highly effective solution for a multitude of data capture, analysis and verification tasks.

This state-of-the-art technology quickly provides amazingly accurate measurements. The Creaform MetraSCAN 3D system combines detailed scanning and probing possibilities for a range of substrates and is a particularly good system for scanning carbon fibre. Creaform’s TRUaccuracy technology ensures precise measurements, regardless of the environment, compensating for instability, vibration and thermal variation.

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3D Scanning is a modern, non-contact, non-destructive technology that instantly captures the surface data from a 3D object using lines of laser light. This data is then used to generate a digital 3D representation of the object.

There is a large variety of laser scanning devices available, however Polar uses the portable, handheld Creaform MetraSCAN and HandyScan for highly accurate and fast data capture. Polar Design & Engineering’s 3D Laser Scanning service is a highly effective solution for a multitude of on and off-site applications.

Skilled team members in both the engineering and quality departments are trained to operate the 3D laser scanning equipment at Polar Design & Engineering. This ensures every aspect of the equipment's’ functionality and performance can be exploited.

3D Measurement

The basic function of the MetraSCAN 3D and HandySCAN is to capture the surface data of parts, tooling and fixtures. This data can then be used for various engineering and quality functions making it an integral part of the business and helping us adhere to our stringent quality standards.


From the captured scan data, part geometry can be analysed against a master CAD model with reports generated to highlight dimensional adherence to tolerances.

Quality Control

Moulds, inspection fixtures and final parts can all be checked and verified through various stages of the production process. Carrying out inspections on moulds highlights any areas of concern at the outset and eliminates the risk of producing non conforming parts. Interim scanning of mould tools in production helps ensure that we regulate tooling quality, identifying degradation and rectifying swiftly. The reports and data captured is also very useful for first article inspection reports (FAIR) and automotive production part approval process (PPAP) requirements.

Reverse Engineering

3D laser scanning is a very powerful tool when it comes to reverse engineering, with a multitude of possibilities available. Polar Design & Engineering are able to generate lost or even non existent CAD models by scanning physical tooling or components. This data can then be used for part verification to check dimensions, to create a modified version of something such as a car bumper or spoiler, or even to reengineer a non composite component into a beautiful carbon fibre masterpiece!

The possibilities with this technology are endless; from fossils to space rovers and everything in between…