Companies designing and producing decor elements, exclusive furniture and interior widely use 3D scanning technologies in combination with CNC machines, which considerably cuts their costs.
For instance, you need to have six legs of a billiards table cut out of wood. Each of them consists of two similar parts, so a cutter will have to cut twelve elements. If you have a 3D scanner, you can have only one of them cut, then generate its 3D model and have all the others cut on the CNC machine. Purely computerized creation of décor elements has its weak points, as forms generated by computer programmes turn out to be too “symmetrical”, while a 3D scanner copies fine handwork.
The result of 3D scanning is a triangular mesh that is saved to an STL-file that can be imported to most CAM-programmes for further production on a CNC machine.