REVIVING THE ICONS OF HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS WITH FREESCAN UE 11

3D scanning technology is known to be helpful in several industries. Here is a unique case of its use in the motorsport industry. They used FreeScan UE 11 to precisely digitize reflective metal parts to capture the frame of the historic Ford GT40 and make it alive again.

BACK TO LE MANS OF THE 1960s…

CP Tech is offering a blend of technical excellence, passion and performance that is unrivalled in the motorsport industry. With a proven track record taken from more than 20 years of experience CP Tech has an established customer base in motorsports, automotive and future mobility.

CP Tech got a very special customer, Sautter Historic Racing. Together, they have been working to bring the icons of historic motorsports to today’s race tracks. With Shining 3D they have found partners who are paving their path to even more authentic, precise and powerful replicas by means of groundbreaking technological innovation in 3D scanning, digital inspection and reverse engineering.

Ford GT40 before 3D scanning.

…BRINGING THE FORD GT40 TO LIFE USING 3D SCANNING AND REVERSE ENGENEERING

The Ford GT40 is bursting with motorsports history and prestige. The legendary battle between Ferrari and Ford at the Le Mans 24 hours endurance classic will never be forgotten and can still be revived today in numerous documentaries and films. CP Tech and Sautter Historic Racing bring this icon with FreeScan UE 11 of Shining 3D  to historic racing in the 21st century.

Naked frame of the Ford GT40, ready for 3D scanning.
3D scanning of Ford GT40 frame.

With FreeScan UE 11 an original Ford GT40 can be measured entirely in order to create an authentic replica with the latest production technologies and manufacturing processes.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: 3D SCANNING THE GT40 FRAME AND REVERSE ENGENEERING

The FreeScan UE 11 is the latest handheld laser 3D scanner from Shining 3D. It is the ideal companion to precisely digitize reflective metal parts. First of all, reference points are applied all over the frame of the GT40. These are needed for the Freescan UE 11 3D scanner to be able to recognize the surface to be scanned. Later on, the scan data is imported automatically into the Shining 3D scanning software, where it is inspected and a best fit comparison is conducted in order to see precisely how the frame has been captured by the FreeScan UE. Another important aspect is the integration of parts, with initially unavailable CAD data, into the CAD data set. This is accomplished by means of reverse engineering.

 Creating a 3D model of the Ford GT40 frame using 3D scanning.

This is an example of using 3D scanning technology and reverse engineering to create something that a few years ago could not be done. It is also a proof of the added value of 3D scanning to make unique and quality projects, which could be used in several industries.

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