GM Uses 3D Scanning for Competitive Intelligence
(3Ders.org) General Motors’ Competitive Benchmarking team uses light scanning to capture precise 3D images of competitor vehicles’ structures and components. Complete sets of scans become reverse-engineered computer models for comparing to GM designs. The team also dismantles and scans GM vehicles to validate parts, quality check manufacturing processes and troubleshoot part irregularities.
“3D scanning is a time-efficient and cost-effective way of keeping up with rapid advancements being made all over the industry,” said Larry Pecar, senior supervisor, GM Competitive Benchmarking. “The technology also allows us to gain a better understanding of the reasons for other automakers’ recalls so that we are better able to avoid making the same mistakes.”
GM has been using 3D scanning for well over a decade for vehicle design and development.