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Category: Metrology

03 Sep 2019
GoSCAN Spark

New Go!SCAN SPARK Demonstration Videos

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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28 Aug 2019
HandyScan Boeing

Creaform’s HandySCAN 3D Scanner Meets Boeing Requirements

A recent press release issued noted that Creaform’s HandySCAN 3D Scanners now meet Boeing requirements for recording physical attributes of aircraft dents and blends on all models of Boeing commercial airplanes.

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.

28 Aug 2019

See us at Westec in Long Beach!

Visit us at Westec in Long Beach at booth #732!

We will be showcasing the latest Metrology equipment and 3D Printers to address the point in product development where products move from digital to physical properties.

Our metrology line includes Creaform’s most advanced portable scanners HANDYSCAN and GoScan Spark:

Go!SCAN-SPARK
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3D Scanning hardware are excellent solutions for:

  • Inspection applications like first article inspection where validation and verification is required before products are released for mass production
  • Reverse engineering where you need to enhance or innovate new design iterations on existing products

We will also be showing our Markforged 3D Printer Line.

The X7 Industrial Printer will be on display, plus part samples in a variety of materials including plastic, carbon fiber, and metal from the new Metal X which is now available and shipping.

Download the specs on the X7 here

Download the brochure on the Metal X here

Two Ways To Get A Free Pass to Westec:

Use our Promotional Code: 15228136

Or register here with our Free Pass URL

Dates/Location

September 24-26, 2019
Long Beach Convention Center
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We look forward to see you there. Make sure to stop by our booth and see our West Coast team Bill Zanke, Mike Conley and Larry Kuehn.

31 May 2019
HandyScan Black

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.

26 Apr 2019
HandyScan Black

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