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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

The Go!SCAN-SPARK

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

The HandySCAN-Black

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

 

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

 

25 Jun 2018
CUBE-R Automated Inspection System

Improve Inspection Productivity with Robotic 3D Scanning Solutions

In order to stay competitive, manufacturers are pressured to develop more complex parts in less time. These part designs, in turn, require more sophisticated measurement and inspection processes to meet quality standards.

Today, QA organizations are looking for three primary advantages:

They want portability. Meaning, they want to make 3D measurements wherever you need to go. Not limited to the lab.

They want true accuracy. That is, they need accurate measurements in real-life operating conditions.

And they also want simplicity. They need solutions designed to provide accurate measurements with a simple, efficient measurement process.

Now, thanks to CREAFORM, 3D scanning systems can augment existing Metrology assets with accurate and consistent results.

Adaptive supports two primary applications: first article inspection compliance (FAI) and reverse engineering.

The MetraSCAN 3D-R is a new robot-mounted optical 3D scanner for automated inspections on production floors. This self-contained system is designed for high-volume, 24/7 operations and requires minimal operator involvement. Even at production-floor speeds, the Metrascan 3D-R maintains a 0.078 mm accuracy for parts between 0.3m and 10m in size. New features include a powerful R-System control console, auto-calibration system, and the C-track optical tracking bar. The Metrascan is compatible with inspection software from 3D Systems and Polyworks.

MetraSCAN 3D-R Automated 3D Inspection
The Metra-Scan 3D-R Automated 3D Inspection System

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The CUBE-RTM is a turnkey automated 3D scanning CMM solution for at-line inspection. This automated 3D measuring machine features MetraSCAN 3D-R, a powerful robot-mounted optical 3D scanner that can be integrated into factory automation systems without compromising on accuracy. The CUBE-R can inspect hundreds of parts a day, including complex designs. One of the keys to the systems high-productivity output is the controller’s ability to multitask. The system offers simultaneous operation of data acquisition and analysis to generate an uninterrupted measurement flow.

CUBE-R Automated Inspection System
The Creaform CUBE-R Automated Inspection System for at-line inspections

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Thanks to the CREAFORM Academia package, 3D scanning and inspection processes can now be taught in class and used for research. Designed to be used in engineering courses, the Academia kits include portable 3D scanners, inspection and reverse engineering software, teaching kits, video tutorials, sample datasets, and five-year customer care programs.

CREAFORM Academia Solutions
CREAFORM Academia Solutions for Teaching and Research

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10 Apr 2018

Adaptive in the News: Metrology for the Masses

Our very own Frank Thomas was recently interviewed by Digital Engineering for the April issue that was focused on Design for Additive Manufacturing.  In this article “Metrology for the Masses“, Frank is quoted a few times where he explains some of the challenges around metrology in manufacturing.

It was good to note that the metrology market is on a growth curve for the next ten years:

The global metrology market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 6.82% through 2027, growing from $607.9 million in 2016 to $1.25 billion in 2027, according to a report by Market Research Future. That includes traditional coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) as well as portable CMMs, laser scanners and optical digitizers.

Among Frank’s comments, he noted:

Many engineers don’t understand how laser scanning or otherforms of metrology can help them, according to Frank Thomas, metrology and additive manufacturing solution specialist at Adaptive
Corp. “It would surprise you how many engineers—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—have never seen that,” Thomas says. “It was not nearly as fast and simple in the past as it is today.

Read the full article here