Measuring part and assembly geometry throughout the manufacturing process is critical to verifying as-built features meet specified tolerances and that completed parts perform as-designed. Whether the need is for first article inspection, non-destructive analysis or tool wear verification, the required processes can be tough for engineers due to a variety of challenges including speed, repeatability, ease of use and accuracy. The “old school” method to check a manufactured part is to perform hand measurements with a variety of tools including
Project Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts in large volumes. Before moving into mass production, engineers must feel confident in their product because they are investing both time and money in tooling and injection molding for the volume of parts they want. The coupler “elbow” pipe shown below is a connector part for an irrigation water system. It is currently in the earlier stages of design development before the product hits the market. To ensure the highest
Artec Space Spider 3D Scanner and ANSYS® SpaceClaim® direct modeling software optimize fixture design process for high speed CyberOptics SQ3000™ CMM valve body inspection application. Project Slow, costly and inflexible are words that have been heard over and over when discussing the creation of inspection fixtures used to measure parts and assemblies with coordinate measurement machines (CMM’s), vision systems and manual inspection processes. Dedicated fixtures are often required for applications that require precise mounting surfaces and datum features while rigidly
Project For a diabetic, there are few things more important than delivery of insulin at proper amounts and frequencies throughout the day. Many diabetics now use insulin pumps to automatically deliver both Basal and Bolus (background and mealtime) doses when needed to achieve the best control of their blood sugar levels. If the pump, or any component of the delivery process fails, the effect could be detrimental. For these reasons, it is imperative that all components in this process are
Architectural metal design and fabrication companies are tasked with designing, producing, and installing metal cladding panels on the exterior of buildings for protective and aesthetic finishes. These companies have a critical need for accurate and timely measurement of as-built conditions, but creating these records has traditionally been somewhat of a pain point for projects. Here’s the issue: as-built data facilitates the efficient design and manufacture of architectural elements. But this data, and the metal panels and other architectural elements created
Laser Design recently worked with a commercial glider operation, Cross Country Soaring, to perform a complete 3D scan of one of their Grob 103 Twin II gliders. Cross Country Soaring is based out of Minneapolis, and the 3D scanning was performed at a hangar at a nearby airport. How Do You 3D Scan a Glider? To complete the project, our 3D scanning experts used a combination of the Artec Ray long range 3D scanner and the Artec Leo handheld 3D
Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing utilizes 3D body scanning for the U.S. Women’s National Team customized Foosball Table. Project Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing was tasked with creating custom foosball tables featuring every player on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team wearing the new team uniforms for this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Lacking an existing database of accurate geometry and full 3D color assets for the players, Gilt Edge needed a high quality and portable 3D body scanning solution during the
Climate Change, Manufacturing Tolerances or Design Changes What caused so many more home runs in Professional Baseball this year? Laser Design will not be able to help you learn how Climate Change affected the home run statistics this year, but utilizing 3D Industrial CT Scanning could help identify changes in baseball design and manufacturing which may have contributed to a record spike in home runs experienced in the 2019 regular season. Using X-Ray Industrial Computed Tomography, a high resolution, metrology-grade,
Application Spotlight: Laser Design’s Terrestrial 3D scanning team recently had two projects with a similar goal of projecting images and video onto an irregularly shaped surface. Both projects took place in high-traffic areas where accessibility provided issues, and the need for accurate models were key to make sure images and video would appear as intended. The areas were 3D scanned and the scan data was used to create a mesh surface that our clients were able to implement for their
Summary Two archaeologists hosting the TV show America’s Lost Vikings decided to use color 3D scanning to try and determine the true age of this controversial artifact. The Goal To precisely scan in under one hour a large runestone, and then process the scans into an extremely detailed 3D model which they would then use for depth measurement and comparison of the engraved runes. Tools Used Artec Eva & Space Spider For more than a century now, historians and scientists
3D Scanner Excels at Long Ranges for Half Cost As published in New Equipment Digest | By John Hitch View original article here Artec 3D has made a name for itself as the premier manufacturer for high performance, affordably priced handheld 3D scanners. They may not always be the most powerful, but Artec’s understanding of what users want and need—a balance of simplicity and professional quality— puts the Luxembourg-based company in the same lofty stratosphere as Apple. And come to
Client: The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, VA is faced with an aging building in need of a plan to preserve its historical significance. Architect and church member, William Bissell, began to work with the church to produce a Historic Structure Report (HSR). The purpose of an HSR is to provide documentary, graphic, and physical information about a property’s history and existing condition. The HSR outlines a scope of recommended work or repair and serves
Client: A local mechanical design contractor was faced with engineering a complete MEP overhaul at MSP International Airport. Existing documentation of the site was outdated, incomplete, inaccurate, and difficult to obtain. 3D laser scanning was utilized to help facilitate the process to complete the building information of what was already existing. Project: The Laser Design team utilized a number of different scanners (Leica P30 and FARO Focus 120), to laser scan all MEP equipment to capture 3D data (Point Cloud)
Medical Device 3D CT Scanning with DeskTom CT Scanner The DeskTom 3D CT Scanner is the industry best for Price Performance with both High Accuracy (5μm) and High Resolution (4μm), as well as a small footprint for any office or lab utilization. This metrology grade CT scanner measures precisely and is ideal for First Article Inspection, Defect Analysis, and Material Science applications. Medical Fluid Handling Devices Medical Fluid Handling Devices often suffer from liquid leaks that can be catastrophic and
Laser Design’s Service Bureau adds large volume CT scanning solutions with the addition of the RX Solutions EasyTom Industrial CT Scanner. Laser Design, Inc., a CyberOptics (NASDAQ: CYBE) company, and premier provider of ultra-precise 3D scanning systems and 3D measurement services has added the EasyTom CT scanner to its growing line of scanning technologies for large volume inspection Expanding CT scanning capabilities for larger assemblies can help ensure the complete 3D capture of complex internal geometries without needing visual access.
K9 Helm, maker of cranial protection for canines in rescue operations, needed CAD models to 3D print working samples for testing and development and ultimately manufacturing. They reached out to Laser Design for 3D scanning services to reverse engineer their prototype models into high-quality, highly accurate CAD models.
A bustling Midwestern hospital needed to make design changes to their 2-story boiler room. Having a visual representation in 3D would allow the hospital to make the necessary design changes to accommodate the new boiler. There were 2 floors to the boiler room as well as a pump area at the hospital needing to be scanned.
Pacific Eagle came to the Laser Design team to 3D laser scan 4 rental unit buildings and create a 3D Revit model so they could make their design changes virtually before starting construction on the new project to create condo units.
How Lasers Can Reduce the Cost of Quality- Precise scanning and measurement via simplified processes can help reduce costs and time-to-market. See IEN magazines full story…
The printing of 3D metal parts is incredibly difficult. For example the slightest impurity in powered metal can be scanned and used, hit with a laser and popped creating a void inside that material that the next layer can easily cover up. If that void becomes denser and/or is in areas of high stress, the part can break and not support the intended weight. This is not yet a consistent or repeatable process yet and the only way to eliminate errors is with computer topography. More importantly, CT is able to do this without destroying the part being printed.
CyberOptics Corp. shares have tripled in value this year, performing better for investors than any other Minnesota-based company, and one of the reasons is a new device that makes very fast, very accurate 3-D scans of physical objects.
Article first appeared on SME’s Advanced Manufacturing The question of how users can compare accuracy of one device to the next remains challenging Aircraft manufacturers are finding noncontact metrology ever more useful. Its inherent high throughput and decreasing cost is complementing the industry’s ramp-up to meet the world’s appetite for more airplanes. However, throughput needs to be balanced with accuracy in finding the right applications as noncontact embraces a variety of devices. “Noncontact metrology is either laser or optical based,”
Merit Medical sought to gain increased efficiencies in the R&D phase of product development. The Laser Design DeskTom CT scanner expedited time-to-market, improved return on investment and improved operational efficiencies.
In this interview, Martin Schuster of Laser Design, Inc. talks about how replacing traditional QA systems with 3D scanning can streamline processes and reduce time-to-market.
A research team on the East Coast needed high resolution information and texture detail of a lobster – a live lobster! In order to provide the critical detail needed the Laser Design 3D engineer used the Artec Space Spider.