Our Q&A blog series looks at different members of our team and their perspective on the most current 3D printing and SOLIDWORKS CAD technology. This month’s Q&A features Juan Carlos Gandiaga and 3D Scanning.
Meet JC Gandiaga, 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Application Engineer
1. Describe yourself in five words or less.
The go-to guy.
2. What are you most passionate about?
Family—I have a beautiful daughter who is 15 months now, and she is getting lots of fun. Watching her grow and develop her character is the greatest thing on earth!
Professionally, I am passionate about process improvement. How to get there faster, leaner and achieve a better outcome drives me and the technology I support.
JC's Role at TriMech
3. What's your role at TriMech and your background in engineering?
I have been one of TriMech's 3D Printing Application Engineers since I started (with CADD Edge) back in 2014. In addition, I have also pushed the 3D scanner technology to the point that I am now a 3D Scanning Application Engineer as well.
My background involves a Mechanical Engineering degree with a Master’s in Engineering Manufacturing. My early career years were as a process engineer in the medical device industry, mostly assembling and packaging operations.
4. What is your favorite experience with 3D scanning?
My favorite experience with 3D scanning is when I am looking at my screen doing a live demo in front of an audience, and as soon as I observe the engagement in the audience, 8/10 jaws are either dropped or in the process of.
To show how this technology ties in with 3D printing, I managed to 3D scan a candy bar in full color and print on the J750. Now this may not seem too exciting, but try modeling a candy bar and applying textures followed by printing a 14-micron layer resolution full color candy bar! This was a year ago, and everybody still asks to see the part.
Going In-Depth With 3D Scanners
5. What is your favorite thing about 3D scanning and why?
Many people don’t see it, but having a part in your hand and acquiring that data for further manipulation or recording is priceless. My favorite thing about 3D scanning is getting to scan so many different artifacts, from overhauling propellers to 200+ year old balcony terracotta blocks to record, replicate and modify.
6. What competitive advantages does 3D scanning provide clients with?
The biggest competitive advantage that 3D scanning offers businesses is that it can be used in all departments:
- R&D can scan an existing part or wherever their product is supposed to go and model or design around it.
- Engineering can build a tool, modify and tweak to later scan and record as built geometry rather than as designed.
- Quality can record and inspect in ways they have never seen. Typical scans have more than 300,000 measurement points available.
- Production Floor can scan Jigs/Fixtures to replicate or setup.
- Contract manufacturing can have a hard time receiving design files for their process, Plus, it is ever changing. But now with 3D scanning, you can receive a new product, scan within 1 hour and have a holding or nesting fixture printing for next day implementation.
7. After spending so much of your career in engineering, specifically 3D printing and 3D scanning, what would you say is the biggest change you have seen in the industry?
I see process, process, process. There is always room to grow, cut time and improve. We deal with every industry, from state of the art to outdated methods, and all will be impacted by the use of 3D printing and 3D scanning technology.
The focus in 3D printing is gearing more towards Aerospace applications and Direct Manufacturing of functional and production parts. But 3D scanning is so broad that I’m just keeping up, very interested in reverse engineering and inspection.
8. How does 3D scanning impact your work, the industry, the design workflow, etc? Where do you anticipate it going from here?
3D scanning is another tool for the engineer, technician or operator to streamline processes that normally either never get done or take multiple steps to achieve a similar goal.
I’m anticipating better workflows from Scan to CAD and Quality Inspection reporting. Scan to CAD has gone a long way. We offer great tools to use with SOLIDWORKS, and they are very user friendly and capable. Quality Inspection is also huge! Talk to anyone, and they will always say the QA is the ultimate bottleneck. As scanners get better accuracy and resolution, we will see this technology being implemented more and more.
For more insight from JC Gandiaga, watchour on-demand webinar on Reverse Engineering with 3D Scanning.