Responsible for the maintenance of the Royal Netherlands Navy the Marine company Marinebedrijf together with Artec 3D in the near future will hold a 3D-scan of all warships of this country.

This project should facilitate the maintenance of vehicles, and in particular, to radically simplify the replacement of worn parts. Since some parts have no drawings or available 3D files, the scan of the Navy of the Netherlands will see a digital reference library of all ships and the ability to 3D print new parts to replace outdated.

The scan will used two types of hand-held scanners, the company Artec – Artec Eva and Spider 3D. They project a light grid on the object, and then calculates the distance from the scanner to several points on the object and evaluate the resulting distortion. The coordinates of these points will be used as the basis for creating a 3D digital model of the object.

The Artec 3D considers this project as a proof-of-concept wider use of 3D technology in the operation of marine vessels. According to General Director of development of the company Andrei Vakulenko, in the near future, every military ship will be equipped with a special 3D printer to print replacement parts.