Recently, it is possible to observe a very fast development of the optical 3D scanning methods. It is caused by the development of computer technology and optical systems whose accuracy is becoming more and more competitive in comparison to other measuring methods. Companies offer a lot of kinds of 3D scanners prepared to different applications. Scanners are different in the aspect of size of measurement area and accuracy. The most important in aviation industry is quality because all the parts installed in airplane must meet dimensional requirement. 3D scanning allows very accurate measurements of manufactured parts with accuracy up to several hundredths of a millimetre. Additionally, it is possible to identify in a full way the measured elements thanks to the fact that they are saved in the form of a three-dimensional model. This is a huge advantage from the point of view of the aviation industry because it significantly reduces the risk of making a mistake and allows conducting virtual measurements of parts even when it is already mounted on the aircraft. This method also has many applications which are supporting the production process. Examples of such applications are measurements of tools and workshop aids, digitalization of tools that were made by hand or those for which there is no dimensional documentation in the form of a 3D model, scanning of entire aircraft, virtual assembly of elements, dimensional inspection of assemblies and checking their completeness.Keywords: 3D scanning, aviation industry, NDT applications
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