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Category: Metrology

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