JP Performance & mbDesign optimize vehicle design with 3D scanner ZEISS T-SCAN hawk 2

Automotive enthusiast Jean Pierre alias JP Performance joined forces with the rims builder mbDesign from Germany to reach maximum aesthetics and efficiency with his car. The 3D scanning solution T-SCAN hawk 2 unleashes its full potential, scanning the wheel housings for further optimization of a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
JP Performance 3D scanning automotive parts with ZEISS T-SCAN hawk 2

We accompanied Jean Pierre (JP Performance) to our customer mbDesign. The goal: the rims of a vehicle should be fully optimized to his design ideas. There were a variety of design options to choose from to make the Ferrari look even sportier.  

Independent from the final design, ensuring a precise fit for the individual product is a must. Therefore, a number of dimensions had to be recorded in advance – this is where the new hand-held ZEISS T-SCAN hawk 2 came into play.

Two car fanatics at work

Markus Brandt CEO at mbDesign
Markus Brandt - CEO mbDesign
Jean Pierre Kreamer from JP Performance
Jean Pierre „JP“ Kraemer

With his company mbDesign he makes his customers dream of new and unique rims come true. With over 20 years of experience in the prototyp construction for vehicle wheels, he is the go-to for optimzing car performance and design.

The entrepreneur gained popularity in German television. His YouTube Chanel “JP Performance” is the most famous German Youtube channel in the automotive sector – inspiring over 2 Million subscribers with innovative automotive content.

The task: 3D scanning for automotive design 

When it comes to customizing vehicle components, everything must be done with the utmost precision. The new rims relevant here must be precisely tailored to the vehicle. In addition, any existing wear on the wheel housing needs to be identified to ensure maximum aesthetics but also safety in road traffic. 

To be more exact, the wheel housing is scanned here for two reasons: The rim builder didn’t have the data for the specific vehicle yet. Moreover, data can be captured in order to construct a fitting wheel into the generated file. 
For preparation, only a few reference points were pre-applied onto the scanned component. The scanner recognizes these references and orientates to these while collecting data. 
With the 3D laser scanner the entire wheel housing was 3D scanned and thus digitized. The hand-held scanner is ideal here due to its maximum flexibility on-site. The accuracy of 0,02 mm enables capturing the smallest details. Within a few minutes, all dimensions of the wheel suspension could be collected. The digital twin thus provides the optimal basis for further individual adjustments.

Which features most excited the handicraft enthusiasts?

Firstly, the simple and intuitive operation of the system. Using the remote control buttons, the ZEISS T-SCAN hawk 2 could be used quickly without having to operate the laptop separately.  Furthermore, the high accuracy and speed of the laser scanner caught the eye of the the rims builder and JP.

The scanner builds up the data quickly and precisley.


Realistic data build-up in the ZEISS inspection software

Collecting the data with the scanner immediately results in a digital twin of the scanned vehicle component. The details of the wheel housing can be called up in the inspection software of the ZEISS Quality Suite and now serve as a precise basis for design work. 
3D data of automotive parts in the inspection software in ZEISS Quality Suite
Data build-up of wheel housing
3D data of automotive parts in the inspection software in ZEISS Quality Suite
Data build-up of wheel housing

Watch the ZEISS T-SCAN hawk 2 being used by JP here:

Further application areas of the scanner in the automotive industry

Wondering what else you can use the ZEISS T-SCAN hawk 2 for? Markus Brandt tells more about the versatile application possibilities at his company:


3D scanning is the optimal solution for quality control after manufacturing. With the color comparision, MB Design detects quality issues with the comparision of original and milled wheel.


If mbDesign has to reconstruct the original wheel, reverse engineering is used. Without original CAD data, old parts can be remodeled.


Brake data can be collected during brake scanning.

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