Today’s post will cover the Deviation Location tool in Geomagic Control X. This tool creates a Best Fit Surface over an area of interest and enables you to analyze isolated areas on a part for wear, dents, bumps, corrosion, etc. While Reference Data is not required for this function, it is recommended. This tool takes measurements in an isolated location of the part and requires the existence of either a coordinate system or two vectors that will be used to form a Coordinate System.
The first step for using this function is to identify the two vectors or the coordinate system. Once the coordinate system is identified, you can specify the coordinate plane relative to those two vectors, or in our case, to the predefined coordinate system.
Check for wear on the mounting and on the flat surface of the pump cover and after selecting the two flat areas of interesting geometry in question, hit the Apply button. The two selections on the Measured data will then be displayed.
Please note that in order to control the scope of the size of the dent or deformation, you can use the slider called Local Search Scope. If you only need to identify smaller dents, move the slider to the smaller setting.
Next, you can click the Apply button to create the planar surface.
This will also provide color maps of the areas of interest and the planar surface that was created.
By using the Preview Surface Deviation tool, you have the ability to toggle the color map deviation off and on.
Finally, click on the Next step in the dialog.
You can determine the depth of the dents as well as the height of the bumps on the surface. Areas with dents and bumps are now detected. The color map displayed follows the normal color map parameters regarding undersized and full faces.
As you can see, Control X’s Deviation Location Tool acts as a fantastic instrument for creating a Best Fit Surface and scrutinizing a part for locations that have wear, dents, bumps, corrosion, and more. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below.