SME Reveals 3D Imaging Technologies at RAPID 2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will present a 3D imaging technologies lineup of briefings, workshops, presentations and displays at RAPID 2012 Conference & Exposition May 23-24 in Atlanta in response to the growing number of manufacturing engineers looking for solutions that accelerate product design and production.

3D imaging equipment and software are used for a full range of manufacturing applications including; inspection, quality control, verification, metrology and measurement. When combined with additive manufacturing, 3D imaging technologies can streamline the product design and inspection process, dramatically reducing the time it takes to bring new products to market.

“3D imaging is often the first step of the 3D printing process, especially when it comes to physical objects that need to be virtualized,” says Michael Raphael of Direct Dimensions. “3D imaging provides the solutions for capturing reality.”

3D imaging tools have evolved and provide automatic functions for analysis of complex geometric inspection of manufactured parts. The latest solutions automate the analysis of CAD-encoded geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and are expected to drive the growth of production inspection and part manufacturability with 3D imaging technology.

The 3D Imaging Event kicks off on Tuesday, May 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with an in-depth reverse engineering and 3D data capture workshop where experts from SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community Tech Group will provide a comprehensive introduction to 3D scanning technologies, software and processes, highlighting the differences between data capture technologies with a hands-on demonstration of popular scanning devices. A free one-hour 3D imaging technology overview is offered free to all registered attendees from noon to 1 p.m., May 23 and 24.

“This is the most comprehensive event for conversations on applications for all types of 3D imaging,” says Raphael.

3D Imaging Conference Sessions

Wednesday, May 23 will include one full day of 3D imaging presentations in several industry-specific sessions during the two-day RAPID 2012 conference, including:

  • "Shape Engineering and Design Parameterization in Reverse Engineering" presented by Kuang-Jua Chang, University of Oklahoma

  • "3D Scan-T0-CAD, Does +1 Really Equal 2?" presented by Michael Mock, INUS Technology

  • "Reverse Engineering: Technology of Reinvention" presented by Wego Wang, University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • "Automated 3D Scanning and Analysis of Automotive Parts: A Systems Integration Case Study" presented by Mike Formica and Damion Shelton, threeRivers 3D, Inc.

  • "The Search for the Golden Part" presented by Stephen Spanoudis, Motorola Solutions Inc

  • "Heritage, Arts and 3D Technologies" presented by Roy Charles-Oliver, Artisans du Passage

  • "How Useful is That! What You Can Do With CT Scanning" presented by Giles Gaskell, Wenzel America Ltd and Rus Emerick, Schneider-Electric

  • "Project ‘OREO’ – A Custom Polycarbonate Canine Implant Made with FDM Technology" presented by Trina Bailey, Atlantic Veterinary College and Martin Petrak, Orthopaedic Innovation Centre

  • "Useful Simulation for Design, Engineering, Maintenance and Verification Activities" presented by Mike Mazen, Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology

  • "3D Imaging: The Reality of Digital Reality Capture" presented by Michael Raphael, Direct Dimensions, Inc.

  • "From Worn-out Pump Impeller to Castings – The All-digital Process without Tooling or Patterns" presented by Daniel J. Maas, ProMetal RCT / The ExOne Company

“This is the must-attend event for anyone interested in engineering services, inspection systems, 3D imaging equipment and reverse engineering, and we’re anticipating to draw a larger crowd of professionals from the Atlanta area this year,” said SME business development manager Gary Mikola.

RAPID 2012 also includes a two-day trade show dedicated to the most advanced 3D imaging software, scanners and service providers in the industry. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 23 and 24.

Engineers from around the world will be gathering in Atlanta to discover how 3D imaging and additive manufacturing can speed products to market with greater cost and time efficiencies. “I attend every year to learn about the newest solutions for the wide range of 3D problems that our company solves across virtually all industries. From analyzing manufacturing inspections to documenting museum artifacts, RAPID has it all,” Raphael added.

The world of manufacturing is rapidly changing and RAPID attracts an international audience of engineers who want to improve their manufacturing processes. 3D imaging is becoming a bigger part of the solution, allowing companies to meet the growing demand for their products and at the same time have better quality control meeting the new international ISO:9001 certifications standards.

“We’ve put together a powerful 3D imaging and additive manufacturing experience at RAPID 2012 to show attendees how to accelerate the product development process while providing the most cutting edge systems and services available,” Mikola added.

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