CyberGage 360 is targeted to perform a highly precise 360 degree 3D scan of complex parts, accurate to seven microns, while automatically generating a inspection report in three to five minutes. During the process, the system developed by Laser Design, a subsidiary of CyberOptics, collects 10 to 20 million XYZ coordinates. It uses proprietary Multi-Reflection Suppression (MRS) technology, which accommodates for surface reflectivity/color and various noise-generating problems typically associated with 3D non-contact scanning inspection technologies. The system also feature a fixtureless design: there’s no need to mechanically affix the part or for the user to turn it over during scanning to capture both top and bottom geometry because the system itself rotates the part to scan from various orientations, collecting all data into a single coordinate system. This ensures the most accurate, repeatable 3D scanning for plastic injection molding, die-cast, CNC machined parts, stampings. The operator simply has to place the part on a glass plate.
The tanks are a key enabling technology for advancing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen has the highest energy per mass of any fuel but its low ambient temperature density results in a low energy per unit volume. This requires the development of advanced storage methods that have the potential for higher energy density. After developing this technology for compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks, DSM is now testing the same material and design principles to make safe, effective and very lightweight hydrogen tanks.
The two-part tank design features a proven, blow molded liner made of Akulon Fuel Lock, a polyamide 6-based engineering plastic with a very high barrier to hydrocarbons. The tank can then potentially be further reinforced by wrap- ping it in unidirectional (UD) continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes made of EcoPaXX polyamide 410. The result would be the lightest-weight plastic tank available for hydrogen storage applications, translating into a reduction in CO2 emissions. Akulon Fuel Lock greatly reduces weight compared to metal. It also offers improved permeation versus polyolefin liners, meaning that the gas stays in the tank. The liner material, which is 100% recyclable, is safe with no debuckling.
Furthermore, the material remains ductile and tough, even at very low temperatures (-40°C). This was impor- tant for CNG, but is even more vital for hydrogen storage, as the working pressures are much higher.