Today we will discuss how to analyze various trends of inspection results. The non-contact inspection world is ever growing. More and more companies are using metrology grade scanners to inspect their product. This allows them to utilize the scans and check geometric dimensions and tolerances, extract 3D deviation color maps, and quickly generate full-color 2D and 3D PDFs. But what if you wanted to take this even further and analyze trends based on your inspection results? This is exactly what Geomagic Control X software is able to do. Shown above is a GoPro mount that we designed in-house, and the [...]
It's not every day you get to perform 3D scanning on a Porsche GT3. We were lucky enough to spend a day last week with one of our customers in the aftermarket industry. In less than one day, we were able to capture the overall geometry of the car and then take scans of individual components, which altogether will be used to validate future aftermarket component designs. Here's a glimpse of some of the action. And here's a little video.
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/x8atizuz16?embedType=iframe&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 By analyzing trends you can obtain insight as to how dimensions and tolerances are varying from part to part, and can then make decisions as to when corrective action needs to be made.
This post is Part 3 of the topic: Leverage and import organic shapes into CAD and today we will introduce you to Generative Design. In previous posts, we briefly discussed the value of having the ability to capture organic shapes for use in CAD design. To illustrate this process, scanned our engineer’s hand and then integrated that scan into CAD in order to design a rotating Nespresso Pod holder. Now, we will finalize the CAD design phase by using Fusion's Generative Design, to assist us during the model creation process. By now, the Nespresso pod holder is almost complete. The [...]
This post will explain the new functionality in SolidWorks 2019 called Slicing. Scanning is becoming more and more prevalent in the engineering world. Whether you want to scan geometry just to back up your design or scan to recreate and make modifications, it's becoming more and more easy to start from a scan. Once done, you export the scan as an STL. The challenge comes when trying to utilize an STL file as graphics bodies in SolidWorks. You are not able to select anything on the body, nor can you trace or work off of the geometry. Although there are different [...]
In this article, we go into more details about the process of importing organic shapes into CAD. We will explain how we created a custom coffee pod holder by scanning a human hand and including it in the CAD design. The first step involved capturing the geometry. There are many different 3D scanners out, all of which vary in accuracy, resolution, and light technologies. In order to facilitate the scanning of the hand, we used a structured white light scanner, which does not require positioning targets. Once the data was acquired, the second task involved data clean up. Using mesh [...]
Miguel Horn, a sculptor and visual artist in Philadelphia recently used 3D scanning for one of his projects. He has worked with the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and other local art institutions and he tries to use as many digital production methods as he can. He feels that this allows him to speed up fabrication, as well as use a variety of different new materials. In 2015 Miguel was approached to develop a concept for a public art opportunity. Philadelphia has a program where 1% of public funding for development in the city construction and architecture must be [...]
Today we are going to talk about a portable CMM called the CMM Master. The CMM Master is based on the Renishaw Equator, and powered by Verisurf’s AUTOMATE software. The working volume is approximately 12” X 12” X 6” up from the plate. It has been volumetrically error mapped with the Verisurf software to an accuracy of +/- .0005î, making it more accurate than the standard Equator. Its single point repeatability is within a couple of tenths! Verisurf's AUTOMATE software, allows you to create complete automated inspection plans. Once this plan is created, you click on the Play button and [...]