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3 01, 2023

Metrology Minute – Control X Plot Comparison

By |2023-01-06T12:15:10-05:00January 3rd, 2023|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

The Control X Plot Comparison Tool will analyze the thickness, curvature, and angle of Measured data (point cloud or mesh) and uses color mapping to display the results. You can also pinpoint specific point locations on the model to return actual values for the plot being reviewed, at those specified locations. One of the unique aspects of this tool is it does not require Reference data. All calculations utilize a single Measured mesh or point [...]

7 12, 2022

Metrology Minute – Comparison Point Analysis

By |2022-12-07T08:42:41-05:00December 7th, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

The Comparison Point Analysis tool in Control X lets you to click on arbitrary point locations on the Reference (CAD) model and compare those to the same point, mapped to the Measured (mesh) model. This is a useful tool for identifying the accuracy of random point locations on the model. The typical method of mapping a point is using the “Along Normal” vector option, radiating from the selected point on the Ref model and projecting [...]

8 11, 2022

Metrology Minute – Twist Analysis

By |2022-11-08T08:05:00-05:00November 8th, 2022|Categories: 3D Scanning, 3d Scanning & Reverse Engineering, Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Performing 2D Twist Angle Analysis in Control X In this edition of our Metrology Minute, we are going to discuss the 2D Twist Analysis tool in Control X. It analyzes the deviation of twist angle between section profiles of the Reference and Measured data. Let’s use the turbine scan, aligned to the nominal CAD model shown below as an example. You would start with a pre-aligned model of Measured to Reference data. If you want [...]

4 10, 2022

Metrology Minute – Product Manufacturing Information (PMI)

By |2022-10-04T08:29:32-04:00October 4th, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) is a topic that continues to grow legs throughout our Control X user community. It allows for the seamless transfer of manufacturing data to other systems for downstream applications. For example, the connecting arm below was created in Solidworks, one of the many CAD systems that support PMI. Notice that datums, dimensions with tolerances, as well as GD&T callouts are placed onto the 3D model in Solidworks. These PMI tools are [...]

2 09, 2022

Metrology Minute – Geometry Deviation

By |2022-09-02T08:22:01-04:00September 2nd, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

When considering analytic 2D and 3D features, Control X can return a lot of useful information from manufactured features on an aligned scan. For example, when considering cylinders (holes) in a manufactured part (3D Printed, machined, etc.), Geometry Deviation analysis can return essentially all of the pertinent data required for manufacturing in terms of measuring location, size, and orientation. In the example of the gas valve below, the scan of the machined part was already [...]

3 08, 2022

More Math Calculations Available with Control X

By |2022-08-03T08:26:13-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

There are many analytical tools available in Control X under the Measure command that are extremely useful. This edition of Metrology Minute will explore common measurements that could prove useful to metrologists. Measure Distance is a quick way of determining the approximate length of a blade, in this example, without going through the trouble of creating a 2D or 3D dimension. Just a quick vertex selection of opposing ends quickly returns an approximate distance. Measure [...]

1 07, 2022

Metrology Minute – Fitting Deviation

By |2022-07-01T08:28:40-04:00July 1st, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Fitting Deviation is a settable option in the GD&T family of tools available with Control X. When checking for a GD&T value, such as Flatness, this option enables you to not only see what the fit deviation is but also shows you the results in a clear unambiguous color map display. This lets you see the exact conditions of the surface and not just whether it is in or out of tolerance. For example, the [...]

1 06, 2022

Batch Processing in Control X

By |2022-06-01T08:51:59-04:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

In previous Metrology Minutes, we have gone through Control X basic inspection processes and techniques but what about when we need to inspect more than one of the same parts or assemblies, utilizing the same inspection program (inspection plan)? That’s where Batch Processing in Control X comes in very handy. Completely unmanned, Control X can open successive files (scans or point clouds) in a folder or you can select from various files contained in several [...]

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