3D Scanning

3D Modeling, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Rapid Prototyping

Bay Area firm leading the way in 3D printer technology

BENICIA, Calif. — 

BY: Claudine Wong

A Benicia company is getting attention across the world for its cutting edge approach to an industry that has long relied on more traditional methods.

F3 started as a land surveying company, but considers itself a leader in the field of industrial measurements.

Sean Finn, one of the company’s three founders, tells KTVU that his firm has been involved in several big projects including the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

"For example, we worked with the Bay Bridge when it was built and helped with the foundations,” he said. “And when a strip mall gets built, we tell them where all the curbs go and where all the buildings go."

But then a few years ago, F3 decided to try something new.

“Sometimes to win the game you have to change the rules a little bit," said Finn of the decision.

So the company decided to invest in a 3D printer to see how much more perspective they could give their clients.

Now they own four 3D printers, working around the clock, helping give their clients a look at their project in a way no one else can.

The response has been stronger than the company could have imagined with big name clients like Apple, Google, Shell and the Walt Disney Corporation lining up to work with F3.

Locally, F3 has also helped with the Hogan Dam and the Cal Memorial Stadium.

The projects have several layers, Finn said. Clients get traditional paper plans but then the project site gets a 3D scan.

What they get next is a 3D replica of the site. Most replicas have moveable parts so that everyone involved can take a look at the challenges in front of them in miniature.

Clients even get what F3 calls a 3D hardcopy. Those are 3D pieces that attach by magnet to the paper prints so models can be taken into the field.

On recent project Finn says those 3D models helped a refinery complete a project two days ahead of schedule and saved the refinery millions of dollars.

3D printing is not new but Finn says no one else in the world has used it like this. In fact in a recent industry conference in Las Vegas, F3 went up against 5,000 participants and companies from 30 different countries and walked away with two first place awards.

3D Modeling, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, BIM, Rapid Prototyping

3D Scanning Conference in Las Vegas

The F3 team had a blast in Vegas. We displayed our new "3D Hardcopies" to tremendous response and they took home 1st place in two categories. 

Our presentation was well received and as usual the attendees and Lecia staff were a blast to hang out with. F3 was fortunate enough to get a great deal of attention that lead to interviews and photo shoots. Check in for more post about this as the week goes on.......

3D Scanning - HDS Ripple Effect at HxGN Live 2014

Founded in 2004, surveying firm F3 & Associates has quickly grown to over 50 employees in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California, featuring world-class clients such as Google, Shell Oil, Chevron, Apple and Walt Disney Corporation. F3 currently owns two Leica ScanStation C10 scanners and a full suite of Leica Geosystems point cloud software. Primary markets for the company’s surveying and scanning services include industrial plants and buildings/BIM. The day F3 & Associates bought its first scanner set in motion a process of exciting business evolution for the company that continues to this day. Not only has the technology led us to new types of customers in new geographic areas, but it has also led us to offering additional types of services that we had before never dreamed of. As a result, new departments were formed such as 3D CAD modeling and a complete BIM department. While looking for ways to offer clients added-value solutions in the BIM industry, F3 developed and patented a series of augmented reality (AR) applications based on scanning, surveying, and modeling. This has led to developments using Google Glass, for example. Shortly thereafter, a 3D scanning client posed an interesting challenge to F3, and the company responded by acquiring a 3D printer and creating a valuable, new way of presenting data. That investment in 3D printing in turn led to opportunities in metrology. A year later a reverse engineering and prototyping department was formed. Reverse engineering and metrology opportunities have since led the company to exciting opportunities in manufacturing and F3 now has a global presence in industrial manufacturing solutions. This presentation will discuss this exciting evolution – all triggered by getting into laser scanning - including the highs and lows of this process and what’s coming next.

3D Scanning, 3D Modeling

3D Scanning - Wrench Wednesday Question on LinkedIn

 

 It’s “Wrench Wednesday”! Our recent 3D blogging efforts ( http://f3-inc.com/blog/ ) have gained a lot of attention so we thought we would form today’s question around our 3D Blog. For today’s question, how many points were collected in the 3D scan of the historic “Gig Nana”? The 3D Data was collected at the historic Legion of Honor; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For hints and footage and follow F3 & Associates on LinkedIn and check out our 3D Blog so you can be first entry on Wednesdays.  

3D Scan of the historic Gig Nana: Data Captured at the Legion of Honor in the SF Bay Area

3D Scan of the historic Gig Nana: Data Captured at the Legion of Honor in the SF Bay Area

3D Modeling

3D SCanning - Historical Preservation

The world has been full of world-class engineers, extraordinary structures, and mysteries.  Utilizing the range, mobility, and function of 3D High Definition Laser Scanning has opened up a look into the past and future.  Point cloud information is now being taken to another level, we at F3 augment the traditional laser scanning data with other survey workflows and higher accuracy instruments, such as our Laser Tracker.  By combining these methods and techniques we are able to solve complex questions and provide a complete 3D service. 

 

Below is a great example of how 3D High Definition Laser Scanning is being utilized to solve some of the world's oldest questions and giving us more insight on what makes a structural marvel.

National Geographic Time Scanners - Jerusalem

Uploaded by BBC Channel on 2014-03-27.