Q: What can a 3D scan file be used for?

An .STL (stereolithography) file or raw scan file can be compared to a 3D CAD model via inspection software to show how a physical part deviates from its intended form. 3D scan data can also be used to create a “true to life” 3D CAD model, an “idealized” 3D CAD model or a 3D printable file of an object.