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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 [...]

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 [...]

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