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I am not sure which 3D model file format is required for my project.

The 3D model file format which you require depends entirely on the end-use application of your project. You would need to discuss your project details with us so that our 3D scanning team can guide you and also recommend the most optimum solution for your project.
If you require 3D scanning for rapid prototyping through 3D printing or CNC machining, a high resolution polygonal data file in STL format would be sufficient for your project.
    For your manufacturing needs, product redesigning needs, CFD & FEA analysis needs, we can deliver
  • a) a surface 3D CAD model in a neutral format (.stp, .igs), which would act as a base model in your 3D CAD software;
  • b) a hybrid 3D CAD model in one of the neutral file formats, having both surfaces and solid modelling features but would be non-parametric in nature;
  • c) 2D drawings of the part in one of the commonly requested drawing file formats.
For all reverse engineering projects, we can reverse engineer the part and deliver the 3D CAD file with original design-intent or as-built, according to the needs of the client.
For your quality inspection needs, we can deliver the scan data in point cloud / STL format for comparison with original 3D CAD models.
For product visualization and archival needs, we can deliver the scan data in STL format or any other polygonal file format requested by you.
(Please note that STL formats do not support any colors or textures. So if you need a 3D model with either intrinsic colors (vertex colors) or applied textures (UV maps), for multi-color or full-color printing, you would need other formats such as OBJ, PLY, VRML)
For more in-depth details, our team is always available to help you optimize your projects and save you time & money.