Digital Engineering: Combine CT Scanning with Additive Manufacturing
CT scanning allows manufacturers to look inside parts made with additive manufacturing to measure complex internal designs.
In the medical field, computed tomography (CT) scanning has helped enable new 3D printing applications—physicians can use 3D-printed models of human organs (like the heart) generated from highly accurate CT scans of patients to prepare for complex surgeries, for example.
However, CT scanners could play an even more important role in additive manufacturing in the future by providing detailed quality scans of printed parts for many industries. They are already being used to scan items for reverse engineering operations that use 3D printing.