3D models built from scan data can be printed out on a variety of 3D printers from Dimension, ZCorp, 3D Systems and other vendors. These printers create actual physical models of your part in plastic or similar materials, and are very useful in making duplicates or testing your parts.
To be printable, a 3D model file must comprise a fully healed watertight mesh. Essentially, this means that the mesh of triangles describing the surface must not overlap, and that all the surfaces that make up the solid model must be closed without perforations in them.
ScanStudio software now comes standard with Geomagic Design X advanced mesh surfacing technology which performs all these healing functions automatically on your scan data.
The result is a mesh model file that can be sent directly to popular 3D printers without the need for further processing.