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Validate Your 3D Print Design with Scan&Solve Pro

With the advent of 3D printing technology, people have been redefining the way we make things. As small, plastic, oddly shaped objects, rock climbing holds are a seemingly perfect item to 3D print. Hobbyists and companies alike have been trying their hand at 3D printing climbing holds. 3D printing allows for a wide range of shapes and sizes to be made in a one-off fashion, rather than making a…


Added by Claire Griesbach on November 21, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Analyzing Composite Materials in SnS Pro

In Scan&Solve Pro, there are three primary types of materials to choose from: isotropic, wood, and orthotropic. Isotropic materials are things like metals that react the same when forces are applied from any direction. More details can be found here. Wood is a subset of orthotropic materials and has been covered…


Added by Zachary Gasick on July 12, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Use Scan&Solve Pro to quickly assess if you can switch to composites [bike frame analysis]


Cycling is a sport that requires minimum skill. Because of this, the most elite riders need to be able to separate themselves from the pack in some way. They do this with nearly inhuman levels of strength and endurance. However, looking in those elite groups, those levels of strength and endurance are laughably common. So the same question arises: how does one separate themselves from the group? In general, cyclists know that the less…


Added by Zachary Gasick on June 9, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Scan&Solve Pro Analysis: Spirit of the Rivers

For generations before axe first struck timber to develop the current civilization of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the land was inhibited by culturally rich indigenous people. To commemorate those who once inhabited the area and so graciously protected the land, the bronze monumental sculpture Spirit of the Rivers  is being built on the shores of Lake Michigan (read more about Spirit of the Rivers…


Added by Will Sixel on November 1, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Scan-and-Solve Pro: Chair repair with curved wood and isotropic material simulation

The date is November 26th, 2015.  The family is just finishing up their second helpings of turkey on what appeared to be another successful thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Ellen’s until… Crack! It seems Uncle Dave had one to many servings of stuffing this year, and the chair he was sitting on broke from under him.  While the initial reaction was to make sure there were no serious injuries (which there weren’t), Aunt Ellen was later quite upset about her piece of furniture.  It was a…


Added by Ben Mihelich on July 7, 2016 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

Simulating curved wood and selecting grain orientation

An important feature of the new Scan-and-Solve work in progress (WIP) software is the ability to simulate on wood, both straight and curved. This is a very useful addition for woodworkers, especially those working independently. Simulation and strain analysis is a very important preceding step to building to ensure both safety and longevity of a product. The SnS WIP wood feature allows for the accurate simulation of wood by accounting for the effect of grain direction and its role in…


Added by Ben Mihelich on June 23, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

Femur Bone Prosthesis Force Analysis via Scan and Solve Work in Progress (WIP)


Displaced intracapsular femoral neck fractures in the elderly have a high risk of failed fixation, non-union, and avascular necrosis. A common operation to account for this is a hemiarthroplasty (replacement of femoral head and neck), which is a far less complicated procedure than a total hip replacement, and in most cases returns equivalent results. There are two…


Added by Ben Mihelich on June 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Assessing caster mount design

The object to be studied is a table saw with two wheels on one side of it.  To make it fully mobile, two additional caster mounted wheels will be added to the opposite side of the table saw…


Added by Will Sixel on August 19, 2015 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Evaluating CNC plasma cutter support stiffness

This blog post will delve into another structural design problem that was solved with Scan&Solve.  A CNC plasma cutter was designed and a question arose regarding the end plates…


Added by Will Sixel on July 24, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Analyzing tube failure with Scan&Solve

This story starts with an unexpected failure, as many engineering problems do.  My hope is to show the great utility of Scan&Solve at every stage of the design process.

Two tabs were being used as a bolt mount attached to steel tubing.  However, the steel tubing failed, causing the tab to break away. The tab appeared to have failed from the bottom first, then the tab separated after flexing away from the tubing. The top tab, now having to bear the entire load, then deformed as…


Added by Will Sixel on June 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Modelling and analyzing a statue

In this study, hold in University of Udine, we desired to investigate the contribution that laser scanning techniques and 3D modeling may provide for the analysis of the structural stability of modest size elements belonging to cultural heritage such as statues. The results of the research are going to be published in…


Added by Anna Spangher on October 4, 2014 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Use of Scan and solve for Fimbulvetr Snowshoes

Project background

We at Pivot produktdesign set out to create higher performing, more durable and highly ergonomic snowshoes, the result is Fimbulvetr. Many manufacturers have tried to solve the traversing aspect of snow-shoeing but the solutions we saw were not sufficient. It was quickly identified that to achieve higher durability and traversing improvements a one piece unibody that combined the hinge and deck was the way forward. This presented us with an extreme…


Added by Liam Woolley on April 24, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

topological optimization in 3D part using Scan and solve, is it possible?

Dear all, 

I went to a conference last week about how simulation can help now to the designers. In this point, it was said a relatively new option: topological optimization of a part. Going from solid to an improved part with less material. 

I would like to know if there is any possibility to integrate any other software or develop something with GH or any other tool that can do this kind of optimization. Example of software: FEMAP

thanks for the answers. 



Added by Jordi Bayer Resplandis on March 22, 2013 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

What caused the cracks in Michelangelo's David?

 SnSMesh tells all: Scan&Solve for Meshes in Rhino



Added by Scan&Solve on November 15, 2012 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Meshfree simulation for meshes? (The story behind SnSMesh)

Meshfree simulation for meshes?…


Added by Vadim Shapiro on October 8, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Thank You!

To Vadim, Michael, the SNS team, a big thank you and all the best for the festive season!

Extensive component testing (and development as a result of that) has seen me promoted to the position of National Product Manager, with my own R&D team, supplying products to five companies. And back to engineering school.

2012 is going to be busier than ever. SnS will once again be playing a critical role.



Added by Ian Boyd on December 14, 2011 at 2:50am — 1 Comment

What is the most important feature of Scan&Solve?

Simplicity of operation.  Over 80% of the several hundred users who filled  out the feedback survey indicate that simplicity of operation is  particularly important feature of the software.  Surprised?   Not  reliability, not predictability,  not freedom from mesh,  and not even  ability to handle complex NURBs geometry, which was selected by just  over 50% of respondents and came in as a distant second important feature.

Now, keeping things simple is anything but… Continue

Added by Vadim Shapiro on February 11, 2011 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Benchmark study among SnS, SW Simulation 2010 and Comsol Multiphysics 3.5a

Hi All,

I made a benchmark study among Scan&Solve and two simulation software I usually use: SolidWorks Simulation (2010, 64 bit) and Comsol Multiphysics (3.5a, 64bit).

The study is related to a vehicle coupler (3D model) with many small features and fillets.

The coupler is fixed in all…


Added by Salvatore Gerbino on December 10, 2010 at 6:25am — 2 Comments

Finite Element Analysis: (Mesh)Free At Last!

Over the last fifty years, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has become the predominant tool in engineering analysis, offered by virtually all Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) vendors and used in a majority of analysis and simulation applications. Yet, the acceptance and adoption of CAE tools has been slow, largely because they are still difficult to apply to realistic geometric models. By all accounts, the main culprit is not the FEA method itself, but the process of preparing geometric data in a… Continue

Added by Vadim Shapiro on August 22, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Scan&Solve™ for Rhino: Now With Gravity!

The latest beta version of Scan&Solve™ for Rhino is available from Intact-Solutions at This version adds a significant new feature- GRAVITY. Simply choose the material for your shape, select restraints, and check the Gravity checkbox. Click the [Go] button to see the performance of your shape under it's own weight:…


Added by Michael Freytag on August 18, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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