3D laser scanning is the most effective, efficient, and accurate way to acquire 3D measurements of physical objects. This tool is a precise visual aid to assess variations in manufactured parts and the surrounding environment, helping to prevent tolerance and design errors from reaching the manufacturing floor. We integrate this tool into our APQP process for tooling validation, PPAP sample validation, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

With this technology, SMG can rapidly respond to quality concerns, verify dimensional variations of parts, and determine root causes and corrective actions. This tool is also used for mapping existing parts as an efficient and accurate method to assist with new product development, product analysis, and aftermarket parts.

As shown below, 3D laser scanning has an important role in every part of the product lifecycle:


  • Product analysis
  • Measurements of product environment or connecting / surrounding parts
  • Measurements of existing parts for aftermarket
  • Part mapping / reverse engineering
  • Models and mock-ups measurements


  • 3D Scan-to-CAD
  • Extract design-intent through part mapping / reverse engineering
  • Prototype inspection
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Deformation, geometry analysis


  • Part-to-CAD inspection
  • First Article Inspection (FAI)
  • Virtual assembly
  • Tooling validation / inspection
  • Part mapping / reverse engineering of dies, molds, fixtures, jigs, and patterns
  • Supplier quality inspection


  • Wear and tear analysis of tools and parts
  • Digital archiving
  • Part mapping / reverse engineering for replacement / restoration parts
  • Planning of complex assemblies and dismantling

Customer benefits include:

  • Efficient, accurate way of validating dimensions for parts
  • Shortened part inspection and design timeline
  • Prevents design and tolerancing errors
  • Detailed reporting for better decision making
  • Portability — stand-alone device capable of onsite inspections
  • Quick workflow integration