Applications 3D helps the Desert Snow program

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Oct
2014
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Applications 3D recently provided their expert 3d scanning and reverse engineering services for a charitable cause. This was done for the Desert Snow Program, which honors the best law enforcement offices at an annual ceremony.
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http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/high-tech-plus-skilled-craftsmanship-help-the-desert-snow-program-honor-our-nation-s-finest-20028529

The 3D reverse engineering process starts off by a laser 3d scan or white light scan of the part. A collection of 3D measurement points is then exported from the scanning system. This point cloud is then processed into a 3D stl model. Using this stl as a reference, many downstream applications can be performed, such as the one mentioned above. In this case, the watertight stl model was used to create an actual prototype on a 3D SLA printing machine.

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Sheet Metal Stamped parts Inspection with 3D scanning

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Mar
2014
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Traditional Inspection Process of Sheet metal parts

Sheet metal stamped parts are notoriously hard to manufacture due to various problems like spring back, wrinkles, tears in the sheet etc. As well, once they are made, the traditional process was to clamp them down in a checking fixture, and checking/inspecting each feature, like holes and slots one by one on a CMM machine. This could require manual movement of the CMM probes all over the areas of interest, and manually measuring and inspecting the part. This is a very time consuming and laborious work.

The advent of the 3D Scanning and Inspection process
Accomplishing the same task with 3D white light scanning, or laser 3d digitizing, we are able to capture millions of measurement points, each having its own XYZ coordinates. The resulting 3D digital inspection ensures substantial time savings in the quality control, inspection, design and development cycles. And the 3Dimensional scanned data covers each feature on the part more thoroughly than the CMM’s could do.Some of our unique capabilites include 3d investigation and study of dimensions across any part.This is done by examining the 3 dimensional measurements of the scandata in a 3D Metrology software.

With detailed color plots , boundary analysis, GD&T callouts, three dimensional measurements, and feature analysis, and lots more, 3D scanning with digital inspection is the way to go ……!

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Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM)

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Mar
2014
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In the wide world of manufacturing there are many key pieces of technology at work. Products have to be designed, put together, and inspected, just to name a few steps. These processes all require advanced technological machinery to ensure that produces are manufactured in the most cost-effective, efficient method possible. One such important machine is the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).

What Is A CMM Machine?

Coordinate Measuring Machines are electromechanical devices designed for measuring coordinates of the surface area of an object. They are frequently used in the inspection process of manufacturing a product. To obtain measurements the CMM generally uses a touch probe to digitize the coordinate locations of the product being measured. Some capabilities that you might find in a modern CMM would be CAD model import/export, measurement capabilities that are both programmable or automated, imaging, and digitizing capabilities. CMM’s are expensive initially, but they have a long life where the unit itself is concerned. There may need to be some parts or software replaced, but the actual machine should prove to be an asset to a manufacturer for decades. Some different types of CMM’s you might expect to find are Gantry, Vertical, Horizontal, Bridge, and Non-Contact.

Improvements to CMM’s

Many upgrades and improvements being developed for CMM’s aren’t making changes to the hardware of the device so much as to the software. Manufacturers of CMM’s are now concentrating on the shift in most industries to a widely paper-free workplace. This means that consumers for these machines are looking for them to have a capability for electronic storage of data. There have also been many improvements to the accuracy of the measurements that these machines calculate. Also, many companies are now striving to manufacture CMM’s that utilize video and laser technology as opposed to the touch probe methods being used in most CMM’s developed in the past.

While the basic CMM still looks roughly the same as a machine that was produced two decades ago, don’t let the lack of aesthetic improvement fool you. Coordinate Measuring Machines are an important technology in the manufacturing business. Improvements to the software, accuracy, and even in some cases the hardware of the device are making sure that these machines will still prove a worthy investment for years to come.