We are excited to announce the VX Elements Platform Version 9 is now available. Several new features as well as existing feature enhancements were developed to provide significant improvements. Whether in VXscan, VXinspect, VXmodel, or VXscan-R, experts and beginners alike will discover exciting, new, and improved tools that will make their work much easier, faster, and profitable.
In a desire to perfect VXelements and the synergy between the software and hardware, each VX module was upgraded to meet the ever-changing needs of the users and today’s constantly evolving industries. Here are some of the important advantages of this latest version:
New – VXelements viewer: Used for data sharing, this free version of the platform will enable customers or colleagues outside the team to visualize the data firsthand, making collaborative projects simpler and faster.
Smart resolution: Available for the latest generation of Creaform 3D scanners, this new feature allows users to generate scans from multiple resolution levels to better reproduce details, edges and high curvatures. Higher levels of resolution can be automatically created in several ways: by software intelligence; by being triggered from the scanner; and by being generated from a selection on the mesh or from a template.
VXmodel: With the addition of the Flatten mesh, the Extrude boundaries and the Extend boundaries features, this module will enable users to carry out post-treatment operations on 3D scan data simply and effortlessly.
VXinspect: Quick inspection tools – such as One-click entitycreation, new construction methods for geometrical entities, and new reporting capabilities – are just a few of the improvements that will add simplicity and flexibility to the 3D inspection software.
VXscan-R: A new and improved Surface feature combined with the Smart resolution feature will make it easier for users to generate robot trajectories and get the most out of their automated quality control solutions.
In this video, Frank Thomas walks viewers through the steps a Quality Control team would take to inspect a new shiny metal part generated from a 3D Printer. The process uses a 3D Scanner to inspect the part and make sure it meets tolerance and part requirements.
Using a Creaform HandySCAN BLACK, Frank fully acquires a 3D Scan of a part using a turntable to assist with the full imaging. He saves the scan in a .STL format, which is a common format that can be used to import into CAD systems and others. In this instance, the .STL file was imported into Polyworks Inspector software to generate the full inspection report.
We are excited about an announcement Creaform made recently about the release of the latest version of the MetraSCAN 3D® lineup, the company’s advanced optical CMM scanner designed specifically to perform metrology-grade 3D measurements and inspections right on the production floor. As the fastest and most accurate portable optical CMM scanner, the MetraSCAN BLACK can be seamlessly integrated in any quality control, quality assurance, inspection, MRO, or reverse engineering workflow and operated by users of any skill level in any type of environment.
The MetraSCAN BLACK dimensional metrology system has been developed to measure complex parts and assemblies from an array of industries and manufacturing processes, such as automobile, aeronautics, power generation, heavy industry, metal casting, metal forging, sheet metal, plastic injection, composites, etc.
MetraSCAN Black features unmatched performance and speed for optimized 3D measurements:
4X faster: Featuring 15 blue laser crosses for larger scanning area that take up to 1,800,000 measurements per second and live meshing, ultimately cutting down the time between acquisition and workable files.
4X resolution: MetraSCAN BLACK features a measurement resolution of 0.025 mm (0.0009 in) to generate highly detailed scans of any object.
More accurate and traceable measurements: High accuracy of 0.025mm, based on VDI/VDE 2634 part 3 standard and tested in a ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, ensures complete reliability and full traceability to international standards.
Shop floor accuracy: The MetraSCAN BLACK features a unique and patented dynamic referencing that compensates for surroundings instabilities.
Maximum versatility: Masters complex, shiny and highly detailed parts
No warm-up time: Operators can be up-and-running in minutes.
Touch probing capability: When paired with the HandyPROBE, the MetraSCAN BLACK lets users harness the power of both 3D scanning and probing for a complete, streamlined inspection process.
Available in BLACK and BLACK|Elite: Customers can choose from two models based on their needs: speed, part complexity, accuracy, etc.
Watch the introductory video on the MetraSCAN Black
“Today’s manufacturers are facing tremendous challenges. They are under increased pressure to accelerate their time to market in order to remain competitive on the global scale. Product quality issues impact scrap rate, production ramp-up, production rate, and downtime, ultimately affecting production costs and overall profitability. Manufacturers need to rely on innovative 3D measurement technologies, like the MetraSCAN 3D, in order to refine their product development and quality control processes,” explained Guillaume Bull, Product Manager at Creaform. “This new version of the MetraSCAN 3D takes dimensional measurement speed, accuracy and versatility to a whole new level. We believe manufacturers will appreciate its performance within their workflows.”
Curious about the new CREAFORM Go!SCAN SPARK? Watch Adaptive’s own Frank Thomas as he demonstrates the capabilities of this portable, handheld 3D scanner.
The Go!SCAN SPARK is ideal for applications in automotive seating, aerospace interiors, and retail apparel like tennis shoes and sportswear.
Go!SCAN SPARK features four inline cameras for faster 3D scanning, and acquires both 3D color and texture in material. It features an ergonomic design that allows for different types of hand positions. It also outputs two types of files (.STL and .MOV) that are compatible with most 3D printers.
In this first video, Frank shows how quickly you can scan a sneaker and merge two images together.
In this video, Frank takes a classic laundry detergent bottle to illustrate how the scanner handles products with curves, labels, shiny surfaces.
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The SmartDENT 3D™ solution and the flagship HandySCAN 3D scanner were used in the process of guiding Boeing’s quality requirements for the service letter.
Overview of SmartDENT 3D benefits:
Speed: 80 times faster than the pit gauge technique. It is the fastest and most reliable aircraft surface damage inspection tool available on the market.
Metrology-grade measurements for aircraft maintenance: The scanner is accurate to 0.025 mm (0.0009 in.) and has a resolution of up to 0.100 mm (0.0039 in.) with high repeatability and traceable certificate.
Intuitive pass/fail assessments: With its intuitive design and real-time software visualization, Creaform’s NDT solutions ensure short learning curves and minimal operator experience influence on the accuracy of results.
Live visualization and portability: Weighing less than a kilo, the handheld scanner is the perfect tool for work in hangars or directly outdoors. Users can easily perform 3D surface inspection of any part of an aircraft on which they would use manual techniques—including on and under wings.
Adaptive Helps Suppliers Meet Boeing DPD Quality Requirements
In addition, Adaptive provides consulting services around helping Boeing suppliers meet DPD quality requirements to become an authorized supplier for Boeing parts. Download our paper on how we helped a supplier document the processes and procedures necessary to qualify as a Boeing supplier under their D6-51991 Quality Assurance Standard.
Contact us to learn more how we can help you become a certified Boeing Supplier.
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
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 (like CREAFORM), 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
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
Accurately measure parts in minutes regardless of size, shape complexity, material or color—even black or shiny surfaces, vibrations, or part displacement.
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.
Easy to use and short learning curve makes it possible for operators to take reliable measurements regardless of their experience.
Advanced tracking and reporting solutions are available to dramatically decrease project lead times while increasing quality inspections.
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.
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.
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.