Be careful here.....I understand that what you are doing is for a an college, however, without the proper permission, you may be breaking copyright and patent laws by scanning and bringing parts into Solidworks. Depending on what you are scanning.
@ Mark and @ Mark B
I would stay away from the NextEngine Scanner and RapidWorks, UGH is all I can say, got one 4 yrs ago an it just doesn't get the res we need and RapidWorks is far from the name.
Last summer we got a Hexagon Romer Arm with integrated Laser Scanner and DezignWorks software that runs right inside SW.
MY GOD speed of light We can prob to rectilinear parts and laser the swoopy stuff and watch it happen right in the SW graphics area.
go watch the vids on there site or DezignWorks TV on youtube
Wonderful ... Thanks for getting back to me so quick. All replies much appreciated and i take note on the copyright issue mentioned by Dan. Will look into these scanning options, Will check out the Hexagon on youtube as suggested, Thanks Mark B and to the other Mark ... Cheers again ... Mark P :-D