Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Aerospace, Physics, and Space Sciences

First Advisor

Brian A. Kish

Second Advisor

Ralph D. Kimberlin

Third Advisor

Stephen K. Cusick

Fourth Advisor

David Fleming


With new and innovative technologies, companies have begun utilizing 3-Dimensional Scanners to reverse engineer objects of virtually any size or complexity. These scanners increase efficiency, allowing companies to import physical items into the computer without the hassle of modeling it themselves in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Although these highly advanced devices can be very fast and effective, we will be studying the surfaces that are incompatible to these scanners. The study performed in this research will test the limitations of a new, highly advanced, wireless 3D Scanner; The Artec Leo. For many scanners, including the one used in this thesis, it is exceptionally difficult to capture items with reflective, repetitive, single-colored, and low contrasting properties. We will attempt to scan a large, reflective, single-colored cavity mold designed for producing racecar bodies. Using the newly generated computer render of the car, racers can modify the vehicle to allow for their specific needs. This process allows customers utilizing the mold to evaluate things such as the fit of the body over their chassis as well as the effects on aerodynamics caused by their changes. The results of this thesis will evaluate the performance of the Artec Leo 3D tether less scanner based on its ability to obtaining the shape of the racecar cavity mold.


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