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24 Jun 2019

Workshop: Optimizing Quality Control in the Aerospace Supply Chain

July 18
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center
1650 Sinclair Street
Anaheim, CA 92806

Join us for our free workshop from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. in Anaheim. Register today.

Leveraging 3D Model Based Definition (3DMBD) Data in the Aerospace Supply Chain

Speaker: Randy Becker, Senior Quality Inspector, Aerospace OEM

Aerospace OEMs such as Boeing, Gulfstream and Bombardier are changing from a drawing-based authority to a 3D model-based paradigm. Although OEMs have seen substantial cost reduction by eliminating drawings, it has caused a huge impact to the aerospace supply chain. During this session.Randy Becker will present best practices on how to use 3DMBD data to streamline manufacturing operations and ensure OEM quality deliverables are met.

3DMBD – An Aerospace Suppliers Perspective

Speaker: Jamie Young, President, My Machine Inc.

During this presentation, Jamie will present how My Maine uses 3DMBD Data to manufacture, inspect and deliver machined parts to Boeing.

Automating In-Process Inspection with 3D Scanning

Speaker: Frank Thomas, Metrology Specialist, Adaptive Corp.

Speaker: Larry Kuehn, Quality Guru, Adaptive Corp.

In-Process inspection can be a time and resource consuming process. By incorporating Adaptive’s “Universal Metrology Platform,” customers can select a wide range of 3D scanning solutions for fast real-time in-process inspection of production parts. Attendees to this session will learn:

  • What is the Universal Metrology Automation (UMA) Platform?
  • What types of Robots does UMA support?
  • What do we mean by “real-time” inspection?
  • Is there any SPC data collected?
  • How do I compare the physical part to the CAD data nominal with tight tolerances?

*2 – 5 p.m. is an optional tour of the Flight Simulation Center: Experience the thrill of aerial maneuvers at 600 knots and air-to-air combat in an authentic military flight simulator. Feel what it’s like to take the controls of a commercial airliner in our Boeing 737 flight simulator.

31 May 2019

The Future of Portable Metrology and Laser Scanning for Engineers

Are you experiencing bottlenecks producing prototypes with increasingly tight tolerances?

What about unwanted warranty defect claims, inaccurate data, or high return rates on parts?

Are you failing to meet requirement issues with FAI, PPAP, and AS9102?

This article examines the trends in manufacturing and the choices you have to make to measure and inspect parts and products for accuracy, quality, and consistency based on industry standards. Advancements in metrology equipment and software can help you maintain product functionality and make metrology easier to use.   

More Demands for Advanced Metrology

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Demand for metrology is growing, but not with just large manufacturers. Smaller companies can benefit, too.

In the past, suppliers used metrology to produce quality parts and products. Now, manufacturers in industries like automotive and aerospace are also requesting parts with tighter tolerances. This requires more advanced solutions.

In many industries, new innovations have opened up even more opportunities for advanced metrology solutions. One is the rise of AI and smart robots used in manufacturing. Two is the demand for cameras and sensors, such as laser scanners, to help with things like navigating self-driving vehicles.

In fact, the Global Metrology Market is expected to reach $1.25 billion by the end of 2027. That’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 6.82% through 2027 according to the latest report by Market Research Future®.  This includes traditional coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), portable CMMs, laser scanners, and optical digitizers.

Current Metrology Obstacles: The Slowest Link in The Process

Manufacturers who need extremely tight part tolerances and accuracy may be skewed in the direction of the traditional manual CMM, but lack in flexibility. If you need to inspect high-volume, repetitive components with fewer resources you may need to look at an automated CMM.

Those who need more flexibility, especially with larger parts, can benefit from measuring equipment like portable metrology solutions. During the inspection process, it can reduce the number of iterations over days and even weeks to achieve the best possible product before it leaves the shop floor and with accuracy.

To choose the best option, you need to determine the right equipment and software for your measurement requirements.

“In a lot of organizations, (the traditional) CMM becomes the slowest link in the process,” shares Frank Thomas, Metrology and Additive Manufacturing Solution Specialist at Adaptive Corporation in a recent article in Digital Engineering. For one, many trips to the CMM for reworks can create bottlenecks.

In addition, Thomas explains, “You have to custom fixture the CMM, and there is a lot of turnover among programmers. Smaller companies with tighter budgets may look into buying a used traditional CMM, but there are challenges that may make them unappealing to these manufacturers.” 

Some organizations have budget and staffing issues when thinking of investing in metrology solutions. One of the biggest challenges for smaller companies is equipment cost—large CMMs are expensive. They’re also complex to operate and manage leaving companies without experienced operators who can use them effectively.

Other key challenges in the manufacturing industry include getting accurate 3D models for inspection reports, validating the accuracy of converted 3D CAD models, and analyzing tolerances of manufactured parts.

In spite of these obstacles, there are solutions, like portable metrology.

How Can Portable Metrology Help Engineers?

Traditional metrology is tedious, complex, and costly. Portable methods are just the opposite.

According to Thomas, “Many engineers don’t understand how laser scanning or other forms of portable metrology can help them—when we show them the ability to 3D scan a part in a minute or

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two and in three mouse clicks, tell them if it matches their tolerance requirements or not—many have never seen that,” Thomas explains. 

Portable metrology equipment, unlike traditional methods, is less costly and much easier to use with little training required. Parts and products can be inspected right on the CNC machine or the shop floor. You can quickly find out if they don’t pass and will need to be reworked before sending them to the customer.

Advanced portable metrology tools are available that make them easier to use, less costly to deploy, more adaptable to current formats and software, and still provide measurement accuracy.

Top 6 Advantages of Portable Metrology and 3D scanning for Engineers

  1. Accurately measure parts in minutes regardless of size, shape complexity, material or color—even black or shiny surfaces, vibrations, or part displacement.
  2. Arm-free probing systems to generate high-accuracy measurements, while freely moving, testing, and measuring right on the shop floor, in the lab, off-site, etc., and in unstable environments.
  3. Easy to use and short learning curve makes it possible for operators to take reliable measurements regardless of their experience.
  4. Advanced tracking and reporting solutions are available to dramatically decrease project lead times while increasing quality inspections.
  5. High-quality CAD translation software to open, view, and compare converted 3D CAD models and quickly create quality inspection report forms and ballooned inspection drawings directly from other formats to meet FAI requirements.
  6. 3D Scanning solutions can quickly acquire accurate, high-resolution 3D measurements of physical objects even with complex contours and surfaces.

These are just a few solutions to help engineers provide tighter tolerances, avoid costly and time-consuming reworks, and provide measurement accuracy at a lower cost. Smaller companies can get started without much programming or operator training.

Summary

Demand for metrology is growing. The Global Metrology Market is expected to reach $1.25 billion by the end of 2027.

In the past, suppliers used metrology to produce quality parts and products. Now, manufacturers in industries like automotive and aerospace are also requesting parts with tighter tolerances and quicker turnarounds. This requires more advanced solutions.

To choose the best option, you need to determine the right equipment and software for your measurement requirements. Interested in exploring these options further? Contact Adaptive today.

17 May 2019

3D Scanning Lunch & Learn Workshops: Non-Contact Inspection with Metrology-Grade 3D Scanning

See a live demo of the NEW Creaform HandySCAN BLACK and Go!SCAN SPARK – the Ultimate Reference in Portable Metrology

Many companies are looking to expand their“non-contact” inspection and reverse engineering capabilities.

This workshop will feature new 3D scanning solutions by Creaform.

If you are an Automotive or Aerospace Supplier, this event will be of interest to you.

We will address the Inspection process from:

  • First Article Inspection (FAI) – for PPAP and AS9102
  • Hybrid Inspection – using 3D scanning to compliment CMM thereby improving throughput in QA
  • High Resolution/High Speed Metrology Grade 3D Scanning demonstrations featuring Creaform’s newest 3D scanning products:
                        HandySCAN BLACK
                        Go!SCAN SPARK
  • Presentations by PolyWorks USA – learn what’s new in the latest version of PolyWorks II
  • Using 3D printing to create CMM fixtures

 

June 4th
Embassy Suites (Cleveland Area)
5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard N
Independence, OH 44131

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June 7th
Honda Heritage Center (Columbus Area)
24025 Honda Parkway
Marysville, OH 43040

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July 23rd
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport (Indianapolis Area)
8910 Hatfield Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241

 

30 Apr 2019

Visit Adaptive at Rapid + TCT Booth 2227

May 20 – May 23
Cobo Center
Detroit, MI

Join Adaptive at Rapid + TCT – North America’s premiere event for discovery, innovation and networking in 3D manufacturing. 

Visit us at booth 2227.

Be here for some of the biggest product announcements of the year, see the latest applications and hear from experts about where the industry is headed next. 

Keynote presentations include:

  • Carbon and Riddell: Bringing Innovation to Head Protection
  • Disruptive Technology and Innovation
  • Additive Manufacturing: Leveraging Design Capabilities for Production of Devices that Make Healthcare Better
  • Shaping New Ways for Smart Automotive Production by Using AM

Need more reasons to attend?

  1. Learn how to use 3D technologies to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, reduce waste, and create complex geometries
  2. Consult with industry experts before you make equipment decisions
  3. Visit 300+ 3D technology providers in one room and see groundbreaking product launches
  4. Network with the most experienced and influential community in 3D manufacturing and see how they’re addressing challenges
  5. Discover the latest processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing at the conference, with over 150 presentations

Get a Free Pass to the Exhibits

Get a Free Pass today with our special promotion code 15228136 with this registration link:

https://www.xpressreg.net/register/rapd0519/start.asp?sc=15228136

Learn more about RAPID + TCT today

26 Apr 2019

Creaform Redefines 3D Scanning with New HandySCAN BLACK and Go!SCAN SPARK

This week Creaform introduced 2 new products to help drive innovation in your product lifecycle:

HandySCAN BLACK: When accuracy meets versatility and portability

The HandySCAN 3D™ line-up is the ultimate reference in portable metrology‑grade 3D scanners. Now in its 3rd generation, it has been optimized to meet the needs of design, manufacturing and metrology professionals looking for the most effective and reliable way to acquire accurate 3D measurements of physical objects anywhere.

This fast and versatile patented handheld 3D scanner is easy-to-use and generates highly accurate and repeatable results—even in difficult environments and with complex surfaces.

Major benefits include:

    • 4X resolution: Captures fine details and large volumes thanks to the unique and versatile combination of improved high-performance optics and multiple blue laser technology.
    • 3X faster measurement speed and instant mesh: Larger scanning area featuring 11 blue laser crosses that take up to 1,300,000 measurements/s.
    • More accurate and traceable measurements: Volumetric accuracy of 0.020 mm + 0.040 mm/m based on VDI/VDE 2634 part 3 as well as ISO 17025, ensuring reliability and full traceability to international standards.
    • Available in Standard and Elite versions.

Learn More Here

Go!SCAN SPARK™

The Fastest and Easiest 3D Scanning Solution to Accelerate
Your Product Development

Release date: April 25

Go!SCAN SPARK features four inline cameras for faster 3D scanning and color acquisition. It also features an ergonomic design that allows for different types of hand positions.

Major benefits include:

  • Plug and play: No setup required and robust positioning using geometry, color or targets.
  • 4X better resolution: Stunning scan quality with flawless tracking on color texture and geometry.
  • 3X faster measurement speed and instant workable files: Scanning area featuring 99 stripes that take up to 1,500,000 measurements/s.
  • 2X more accurate: Reliable measurements of up to 0.050 mm.
  • Intelligent design: The multi-position handle integrates efficient ergonomics through an effective design.

Learn More Here

See the Scanners at out upcoming Additive Manufacturing Lunch & Learn

May 7 at 11:00 am2:00 pm
US Space and Rocket Center,
1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805

May 9 at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport,
2301 Sullivan Rd., College Park, GA

May 15 at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport,
7300 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, FL 32822

If you want to request your own personal scanner demo, Contact Us Here