I'm working on a project, and I'm sure some of you are in the field. Over the summer I want to save up the money for a 4 axis (3d+lathe), and I'm hoping to be able to make my own replacement parts. I'm wondering if there is a simple/easy way to digitize parts so I can export them to a CNC? There are a few ways that I'm thinking of.
#1: use a micrometer/calipers and measure EVERYTHING, then model it
#2: make a 3d scanner, and scale them to 1:1
#3: make a 3d scanner that can measure distances
#4: use one of those wands that measure points on an object, and then use some cadding software to create a surface out of the points.
Or, since I will probably have the means to, and since digitizing it might be just as hard, I could just try to design my own parts... lol