Magnetic MRO has added handheld 3D scanning to its MRO toolbox with a new lavatory refurbishment project for TUI Group. The company’s subsidiary MAC Aero Interiors recently began using Shining 3D’s FreeScan X7 handheld scanner to measure lavatory components—such as floors, internal walls and cabinets—and collect needed data to produce a 3D model.
“The scanner is used to capture data which would not otherwise be collected on an aircraft in service,” explains Petras Akstinas, managing director of Mac Aero Interiors. “The lavatories would’ve had to be disassembled to a greater extent and data collection would’ve taken at least double the time.”
According to Akstinas, the collected measurements are being used to design components for refurbishment, such as floor pans, mirrors and worktops. The project, which began in January, is part of a new four-year contract between MAC Aero Interiors and TUI to produce 20 lavatory units for the carrier’s Boeing 767-300 fleet.
Magnetic MRO’s structural engineering manager, Sergei Dulberg—who performed the first scan for the project—says working with digital technologies such as 3D scanners is becoming the norm for work where results depend on the accuracy of measurements. Dulberg says digital images of objects obtained through 3D scanning minimize the influence of “the human factor” on measurement results while providing quicker, highly accurate technical parameters.
The FreeScan X7 uses 3D laser scanning to provide depth and thickness measurements and Shining 3D says it can dramatically improve time and cost efficiency by reducing the manpower needed for projects within a wide range of operating environments. According to Akstinas, MAC Aero Interiors chose this particular scanner because it can operate without any external clamping position and it has a nearly unlimited 3D scanning size, so it is not affected by an object’s size, texture or color.
Magnetic MRO says use of the scanners will be limited to lavatory components for now, but other components could be considered if the scope of the project increases.