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5 04, 2022

Introducing the UE PRO Laser Scanner

By |2022-04-05T08:32:49-04:00April 5th, 2022|Categories: 3D Scanning, Metrology Minute|0 Comments

The specs and capabilities of the incredible new UE PRO laser handheld scanner are way-beyond what we anticipated. With an accuracy of +/- 20 microns (+/-.00078”) and a maximum resolution of 50 microns in standard mode and an incredible 10 microns in “fine mode,” this handheld scanner sets brand new benchmarks in our industry. Scanning speed is an incredible 1.8 million points/sec. This is accomplished by the 13 crossing lasers (26 lasers, total). A new [...]

8 03, 2022

Metrology Minute – Exporting Data from Control X for Downstream Use

By |2022-03-08T09:14:43-05:00March 8th, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Control X is capable of collecting 2D and 3D dimensional information, GD&T information, Statistical Information (RMS Value, Standard Deviations, etc.). More often than not, users are interested in displaying the data in a report, either to be used internally or to be presented to their customers. But did you know that Control X can also make this information available for downstream applications as well? Consider the “3D Dimensions” and the “3D Overall Dimensions” nodes below. [...]

9 02, 2022

The Verisurf ANALYSIS module

By |2022-02-09T09:24:37-05:00February 9th, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Perhaps one of the most compelling aspects of Verisurf software is that it runs “inside” of the Mastercam user interface. This offers a very comfortable "look and feel" to program not only your CNC machines but also inspection devices such as CMM’s, portable arms, and laser trackers. The Verisurf ANALYSIS module can import a nominal CAD model. Perhaps it was the exact model used to develop CNC toolpaths in Mastercam. The scan of the manufactured [...]

7 01, 2022

Metrology Minute – Traditional 2D Drawing inspection

By |2022-01-07T08:22:06-05:00January 7th, 2022|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

In our last Metrology Minute post, we demonstrated how Control X can be used to extract feature size and location information directly from the scan, without the use of a nominal CAD model. With this route, a more traditional type of inspection could take place using just the scan of a manufactured part or assembly. We explained how a region’s model may be used to identify and measure analytic features, directly from a scan. And [...]

2 12, 2021

Metrology Minute – Inspect Using Control X Without a Nominal CAD Model

By |2021-12-02T08:27:58-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

The optimal workflow in Control X for inspection is to compare the scan of a manufactured part to its corresponding nominal CAD model. This is done by first aligning the scan to the CAD model, typically utilizing datums for the alignment. Once the alignment is complete, any type of dimension, whether feature size, distance, GD&T, etc. may be derived by essentially comparing the dimensions of the scan to those of the nominal CAD model. The [...]

2 11, 2021

Metrology Minute – Geometry Deviation

By |2021-11-02T09:42:51-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Geometry Deviation is a tool for measuring essentially everything that might be relevant for size, orientation, and location for a specific feature. For example, when measuring geometry deviation for a cylinder, the criteria of interest would likely be the size, location, and centerline axis direction as they all compare to the nominal (exact) CAD model. As you review the data blocks below, Control X can compare the scan data values to the CAD data values [...]

5 10, 2021

Control X Color Map Fitting Tolerances through GD&T

By |2021-10-05T09:15:16-04:00October 5th, 2021|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

This month's Metrology Minute will focus on a capability of Control X called Color Map Fitting, which is an extremely useful ON and OFF switch to use for analyzing the results of a GD&T callout. GD&T will typically check for a specific criteria to be within an acceptable tolerance and the user is looking for a Pass or Fail response. Consider a connecting arm that looks like the one below. Where Datum A is the top [...]

8 09, 2021

Metrology Minute – Choosing a Scanner for Metrology

By |2021-09-08T08:31:42-04:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Metrology Minute|0 Comments

Choosing a scanner for metrology is a topic that comes up often when companies look to deploy non-contact inspection and question what criteria they should use when choosing a scanner for their company. We have covered this topic in detail at some recent Cimquest events but have had several customers ask more questions. Here are some of the highlights of these presentations. Accuracy vs Resolution Accuracy is the accuracy of the points acquired on the [...]

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