SMART3D from Perceptron represents a productivity breakthrough for the reverse engineering and modeling sectors. The system offers a fully integrated automatic rotary table and intuitive easy-to-use SCANWORKS® STUDIO Software. A simple teach-and-repeat process allows scanning of repetitive parts using the ‘Auto Rescan’ Feature. The accuracy of the acquired dataset is significantly enhanced over equivalent data acquired using manually operated scanning systems.

SMART3D automatically provides 3D polygonised models for reverse engineering, 3D printing or graphical web content. The SMART3D system can also be used for the verification of production parts against nominal part geometry data.

SMART3D incorporates Perceptron’s patented HELIX smart scanning sensor technology which is used extensively throughout the global automotive industry for in-process laser scanning of car bodies for dimensional stability and gap and flush measurement. HELIX incorporates MEMS technology and offers the world’s first programmable laser scanner whereby the laser line quantity, density and scanning volume are fully user programmable, negating the necessity to physically move the laser scanner over the part. All scanning motion is contained within the HELIX smart scanning sensor itself, dramatically improving quality of scanned data while maintaining a volumetric accuracy down to 50 microns. The unique HELIX configurable line density allows for scan line intervals programmable down to 0.1mm. Combining the unique features of programmable scanning volume, and line number and density for specific regions of interest on highly detailed complex parts allows for true scanning optimization.  The use of a coherent laser light source in the HELIX provides a larger dynamic range allowing scanning of multiple colors and finishes.  The dynamic range has been further extended by the incorporation of adjustable laser power control and dynamic auto laser intensity.

The SMART3D system is supplied with a fully integrated automatic rotary table that allows for the full 360 degree scanning of parts without the need for targets or best fit alignment. The overall scanning volume is 200mm x 225mm x 225mm which is compatible with the volume of most 3D printers.

From arrival at a scanning location, the portable SMART3D system can be fully operational in less than 15 minutes. The complete SMART3D system is easily transported in purpose-designed rugged equipment cases providing a truly portable solution. SMART3D can be used with a tripod for maximum portability or can be fixture mounted for the more demanding environment.

The scanned dataset is streamed real-time into the accompanying SCANWORKS STUDIO data collection software with automatic full 3D STL model creation. The SCANWORKS STUDIO software comes with a complete package of tools to refine and enhance the completed scan project; the generated STL model can also be used with all major 3rd party point cloud and 3D printing software.

SMART3D user benefits over other portable scanning systems can be summarized as:

  • Absolute measuring System (no targets required)
  • Fast, Accurate and Industrial Grade
  • Portable and Mobile
  • Automatic Data Acquisition
  • Multi-color scan path differentiation
  • Eliminates human influence on acquired data
  • Structured dataset minimizing post scan processing
  • Programmable scan regions with individual scan line density
  • Wide dynamic scanning range
  • Low susceptibility to ambient light and temperature conditions
  • Intuitive ScanWorks Studio software with comprehensive STL enhancement tools

Perceptron’s CEO Jeff Armstrong states “Perceptron has been a leader and innovator in the field of 3D laser scanning in the automotive sector for more than 30 years with global support for our metrology equipment which is used in the most demanding of industrial applications. The SMART3D  product launch extends our position out into the general scanning and reverse engineering sector with SMART3D being the first in a series of innovative, cost efficient products we will be launching with our renewed focus and commitment to gaining a leadership position in this fast growing market.”

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

Published in Perceptron

Turbine parts supplier Power Plant Services is using an NVision HandHeld laser scanner to reduce by 60% the time required to reverse engineer turbine blades. In the past it took the Melrose Park, Illinois company 15 hours to produce a 3D computer aided design (CAD) file from a customer's turbine blade. But that has now changed. "By switching to NVision's HandHeld laser scanner we can produce an accurate CAD file in only six hours, which makes it possible to deliver a new blade to our customer one full day faster than was possible in the past," said Chad Fisher, Project Manager for Power Plant Services. That time saving can result in significant cost savings for the company's customers.

Power Plant Services engineers and manufacturers high-performance alternatives for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) turbine parts and systems and supplies a wide array of other parts and services to the power generation, pulp and paper, petroleum refining and steel industries. The company produces more than 10,000 parts per year and has performed repairs on major turbine components for more than 40 utility plants. Delivery time is critical because customers often place orders after power generation equipment has broken down, which can sometimes cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars a day in lost revenues.

"Previously we used a contact probe to measure part elevations point by point in different cross-sections of the airfoil and entered the measurements in solid modeling software," Fisher said. "Then we created lofts between the elevations. We felt that laser scanning could improve on this process by capturing the entire profile of the airfoil and eliminating the need for measuring elevations and lofting. We looked at several different models and selected the NVision Hand-Held scanner both because of its portability and because NVision provides a complete solution including both hardware and software so we only have to work with a single organization for support."

The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. As a part is inspected, the scanner generates a point cloud consisting of millions points each with x,y,z coordinates and i,j,k vectors. Integrated software that comes with the scanner is used to convert the point cloud to an STL polygon and an optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows real-time rendering, full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard 3D packages.

"The HandHeld scanner substantially reduces the time required to reverse engineer airfoils and other parts," Fisher said. "Since we began using it we save about nine hours per part and we are also more confident in the results because we get many more points of data than in the past. In many cases we are able to save our customers large amounts of money by getting their turbines up and running a day earlier than was possible in the past. Another advantage is that the portability of the HandHeld scanner means that we can now go to our customer's facility to reverse engineer parts that are too big for them to ship to us."

For more information, visit: www.ppsvcs.com or www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Delcam has released the 2012 R2 version of its PowerINSPECT software for inspection and reverse engineering. This includes enhancements to the inspection capabilities and also continues the development of the reverse engineering capabilities introduced earlier this year. The main enhancement in this area has been an expansion of the Digitised Curves capabilities to create a powerful re-engineering and modeling tool.

Improvements to the inspection functionality include a new, simplified procedure enabling users to quickly calibrate the probe assembly by probing a single point anywhere within the measuring envelope; a new offset-alignment method that aligns the part with the axes of the CMM while setting the position with a single point measurement; and new point-cloud options that make it easier to modify and reuse digitised curves and points, with options for editing, deleting and resuming measurement of the points and curves.

The automated section-measurement functionality, which was previously only available in the manual version of PowerINSPECT, is now available in both the OMV and CNC offline-programming versions.  This strategy for creating probe paths along a section of the component provides quick and easy comparison of a cross-section against the CAD model.  This type of section measurement is important for the measurement of blades and aerofoils, as well as for automotive inspection.

New options within Digitised Curves allow edges, holes and gaps to be identified as the part is being probed. Curves can also be created from CAD models within PowerINSPECT or they can be imported directly from other software packages. All these curves can be modified by rotation, translation, mirroring or scaling, or by editing individual points within the curve.

Once created, curves can be exported as polylines as well as to the previously-available NURBS format. This enhancement is part of a general increase in the ability to export surface and geometric items for use in modelling applications, with VDA export added to the existing IGES format.

The new creation and editing options for curves can be used with a new marking out feature for refining or completing clay models- a requirement for creating automotive and marine styling models. This utility enables curves created within PowerINSPECT to be used to guide a marking out tool on a measuring device or layout machine.

For more information, visit: www.powerinspect.com

Published in Delcam

The 2013 release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD system includes enhancements to its direct modelling and reverse engineering capabilities that will make the software both more flexible and even easier to use.  In addition, the solid and surface modelling options have been made faster and even more robust.

PowerSHAPE provides the most comprehensive range of modelling techniques available in a single CAD program.  Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.  The broad range of functionality makes PowerSHAPE ideal for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating specialised items.  At the same time, the combination of quick and easy direct modelling options, together with powerful and flexible surface modelling, makes PowerSHAPE the perfect choice for design for manufacture, especially when converting product designs into tooling designs.

The most important new option in PowerSHAPE’s direct modelling functionality is “Replace Face”.  This allows a selected face or group of faces to be replaced with another face or group of faces, either from the same solid or from a separate solid or surface model.  

In its most basic form, “Replace Face” can be used for offsetting surfaces of the model to provide machining allowances or clearances for electrodes for EDM.  It can also be used for more complex modifications to product designs.  In all cases, any other faces within the design that are affected by the change are extended and re-trimmed as necessary to maintain a closed solid.

A second new option that will be of particular interest to tooling designers will be the “Solid Core” command.  This selects automatically the smallest rectangular or cylindrical shape that will fully enclose a group of solid faces.  It can be used to create blanks for the manufacture of electrodes or when modelling slides within moulds to accommodate undercuts.  The shapes can be selected from spreadsheets, for example one showing different standard sizes for electrode blanks, that can be edited to each company’s specifications.

The main improvement to the existing direct modelling tools has been a simplification of the selection and editing of faces.  Groups of faces can now be selected by surrounding them with a boundary, either by dragging the mouse or by clicking a series of points.  Simpler methods have been added to then rotate the selected faces around a point or a cylinder, or to move them along a line.

For reverse engineering, PowerSHAPE now allows point-cloud data to be captured directly.  Point data can be displayed on-screen instantly as a laser attachment is passed over the object being scanned.  This ensures that all the required information can be captured as any gaps in the data will be apparent immediately.

Another new option in PowerSHAPE 2013 is the ability to perform 2D nesting of 2D profiles or 3D parts.  Once the numbers of each component required and the minimum spacing needed between each item has been specified, PowerSHAPE calculates the most efficient layout using the minimum amount of material.  The shape of any unused material can be saved so that it can be used for later projects.  The nesting option will be important for any company using sheet materials, including those in the press tool, composites and footwear industries, or for laying out multiple 3D parts for effective machining.

For more information, visit: www.delcam.tv/ps2013/lz/en/index.html

Published in Delcam

3D Engineering Solutions employed 3D laser scanning, structured light scanning and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) best practices to reverse engineer components for military aircraft, including parts for large helicopters and Harrier jump jets recently sold by Britain to the U.S. Because the CAD models and prints for these parts are not available, 3D Engineering digitized each component, determined the materials, finishes and coatings, and then created new CAD models and prints to be used by government suppliers in recreating each piece. 3D laser scanning was employed to digitize the larger parts while structured light scanning was used to capture the smaller, detailed components.

“The difficulty in these types of projects comes in discerning the original design intent of the component. This is done by studying how the parts interact with the overall system and applying proper dimensioning and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) that is appropriate for the design intent and to reduce the end cost of the components,” said 3D Engineering Solutions Vice President of Operations Rob Glassburn, P.E. In all, 3D Engineering created over 200 prints for the helicopter and Harrier projects, comparing the scans they captured with the models they created numerous times.

3D Engineering Solutions is completing the prints of these wear item components at a time when Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) pertaining to military aircraft is on the rise. “For various reasons, suppliers to our government are no longer able to provide key components to certain systems. Many of these components are wear items that need to be replaced on a frequent basis,” said Glassburn. “When the prints for these parts aren’t available, that’s where we come in.”

Customers rely on 3D Engineering Solutions to design process tooling and fixtures for the automotive, industrial, green energy, nuclear and aerospace industries, using engineering tools such as Siemens advanced NX7.5 Mach 3 CAD platform. Leading edge point cloud software, InnovMetrics PolyWorks, allows a common software platform for collecting data across all of Faro laser-based data collection platforms. In addition to reverse engineering services, 3D Engineering Solutions is registered with the State of Ohio for Professional Engineering and ISO 17025 Certified for third party inspection. In their seventh year of operation, the company maintains a state-of-the-art, climate controlled metrology lab, servicing the Midwest OEM needs for 3D laser scanning, data collection, 3D CAD modeling, FAI / PPAP inspection, and reverse engineering services. 3D Engineering Solutions brings more than 100 years of collective experience to every engineering project.

For more information, visit: www.3D-engineering.net

The 2012 release of Delcam’s PowerINSPECT inspection software includes new options to make inspection easier. In addition, basic reverse engineering functionality has been added to the point-cloud module.

PowerINSPECT is firmly established as the world’s leading hardware-independent inspection software. It combines the ability to work with all types of inspection device with a comprehensive range of inspection routines for taking simple measurements, for inspection of geometric features and for analysing complex 3D surfaces. The resulting reports present detailed information in an easy-to-read format, that can be understood by all engineers not just inspection specialists.

For the 2012 release, a new mirror command has been added to save programming time for symmetrical components. This allows the inspection sequence to be mirrored from one half of a component to the other half, or from the left-hand version of a design to the right-hand copy. The new feature can also reduce the possibility of programming errors and improve the consistency of the results between the two halves or between a pair of parts.

The range of dimensions that can be displayed on the model has been increased to include more types of distance, angle, and diameters and radii. The options to display the various dimensions from the increased range have been made more versatile, to ensure the reports remain easy to read with only the required dimensions shown in the report.

There are two important additions to the PowerINSPECT 2012 point-cloud module for laser scanners and other point cloud devices. STL export provides basic reverse engineering functionality for scanned data. The STL files can be used within Delcam’s PowerSHAPE Pro design software for more advanced reverse engineering operations.

In addition, point-cloud display has been enhanced with an option to show any back-facing points in a second colour. This highlights any discontinuities in the data, including gaps or other problem areas, and so makes it easier to identify areas that may need re-scanning to capture the complete model.

Another enhancement makes it possible to measure edge points directly; it is no longer necessary to measure the surface first. This makes the process both easier and faster. However, it is recommended that both the edge and the surface should be checked if there is any likelihood of the part being distorted, for example, when checking flexible sheet-metal or composite components.

The inspection of castings and forgings, and similar near-net shapes, has been improved with the addition of a new best-fit option. This centres the component within the measurement data so that the largest possible minimum stock is located on the part. It helps to ensure that positive material exists in all areas of any semi-finished part before it is sent for further machining. The approach can be used with the PartAligner option to minimise machining set-up times.

A number of enhancements have been included to give faster and easier programming, with less chance of errors. A new "lock workplane” option automatically creates a datum scheme matching the part’s coordinate system within PowerINSPECT’s GD&T True Position, while standard tolerances for Limit and Fit to ISO 286 and ISO 2768 have been included so that they can be selected from a pre-defined list.

For more information, visit: www.powerinspect.com

Published in Delcam

Have you ever had to work with scanned data in CAD? Has your customer ever sent you an STL or graphics-only version of a file? Have you ever needed to perform a simulation or optimization, but you only have scanned data? Maybe you even have files that have been reverse engineered to solids, but now you need to use them as a starting point for a new design?

SpaceClaim is a low cost CAD tool that makes it easy to turn scanned data in to solids and get them where they need to go.

In this webinar, we'll show you how to:

  • Get to a solid 3-5 times faster by drawing on top of a scan
  • Turn a CAD part saved as STL into a precise solid without being a CAD expert
  • Tweak reverse engineered solids to meet reference measurements
  • Work with solids created by specialized reverse-engineering tools, such as Geomagic
  • Get parts prepared for simulation, machining or 3D printing faster than ever before

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/670475170

Published in SpaceClaim

INUS Technology, announced that the next major release of its flagship reverse engineering software, Rapidform XOR, will begin shipping to customers today. Rapidform XOR is the only software that combines 3D scan data processing and parametric solid modeling to give users the ability to create intelligent CAD models from point clouds and polygon meshes. It is also the only 3D scanning software that creates native CAD models from scan data for SolidWorks, PTC Creo (Pro/E), Siemens NX, CATIA V4/V5, AutoCAD, and new for 2012, Autodesk Inventor.

“Developing Rapidform from the user’s point of view, we have focused on three main themes: Automation, Performance and Superior User Experience,” explains Calvin Hur, CEO of INUS Technology. “Simplification through automation makes it easier than ever to create feature-based CAD models from 3D scans. This new version of Rapidform XOR can cut the time needed to reverse engineer a scanned part by as much as half.”

New technologies in Rapidform XOR3 SP1 save more time in creating parametric solids from 3D scans, maintaining its reputation as the fastest path to CAD. Unlike other reverse engineering software, XOR makes real CAD features with parent-child relationships and design intent parameters. 3D models created in XOR are higher quality, easier to transfer into CAD, and are more easily edited than surface-based models.

With this new release, XOR offers several new features to increase automation and efficiencies in the reverse engineering process.

New features in Rapidform XOR3 SP1 include:

  • Quick Modeling, a new way to create parametric feature based models using advanced technology that identifies and creates extrusions, revolutions, lofts, sweeps and pipes automatically

  • Autodesk Inventor LiveTransfer to save native models in Inventor with complete feature trees

  • Improved Auto Sketch to make accurate sketches easier and at least 50% faster

  • CAD to Scan Alignment providing significant time savings on modeling arbitrary patterns

Surfacing has also been improved in the upcoming release. Available in both Rapidform XOR and XOS, improved Auto Surfacing provides the convenience of automation with the control of manual surfacing. A new layout editing interface makes it easier to edit patch layout before completing the surfacing process, saving time and rework effort. Rapidform XOS3 SP1 will be available in May 2012.

The latest versions of XOR and XOS are available in English, German, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Russian.

For detailed information, overview videos and online training about these new features, visit: www.rapidform.com/new









Published in Rapidform

ReverseEngineering.com announces the demonstration of their newest product, MESH SURFACE, to be shown at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center, February 12 through February 15, 2012 in Booth #404.

ReverseEngineering.com, a Certified SolidWorks Gold Partner reverse engineering plug-in, now supports non-contact measurement capabilities for Point Cloud to Mesh Surface for SolidWorks.

ReverseEngineering.com provides an easy to learn four-step workflow, for mesh surface creation:

1-Set Alignment, 2-Laser Scan, 3-Process Point Cloud, 4-Create Surface Mesh.

  •     Optimized dialog boxes allow for quick processing of large point clouds for profile extraction and surface mesh visualization.

  •     Process millions of points in seconds for parametric modeling in SolidWorks, while working direct in both SolidWorks Standard and SolidWorks Premium allowing for STL support.

  •     Transform and reduce large point clouds for SolidWorks to work with even after the data capture device is disconnected.

  •     Simplify the extraction of geometric entities on digitized models, accelerating the development of parametric wireframe, surface and solid models in SolidWorks.

ReverseEngineering.com 2012 has the ability to integrate with devices such as Faro EDGE , Romer Absolute , Microscribe, 3D Creator, Baces 3D, 3D Scanners, white light 3D digitizers, Faro and Leica laser trackers although the new Mesh Surface is not device or CAD reliant.

Established in 1996, ReverseEngineering.com is an industry leader in supplying indigenous bridging software for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems, portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and other scanning devices.

ReverseEngineering.com software seamlessly bridges native CAD integration with 3D engineering applications, such as reverse engineering, inspection, and measurement.

Based out of La Jolla, CA, ReverseEngineering.com has dedicated to developing unprecedented CAD-integrated 3D reverse engineering solutions. The continuous growth of the product line is primarily attributed to user input and has led to the addition of new features that improve 3D digitizing processes.

For more information, visit: www.ReverseEngineering.com

Published in ReverseEngineering.com

When reverse-engineering, not only do you need to create precise, water-tight geometry, you also need to update the geometry to fit in the context of new design situations.  In the past, the only option was to recreate tedious feature-based models and guess at underlying design intent: an error-prone and hazardous practice.

Now, Geomagic and SpaceClaim have partnered to integrate their industry-leading reverse engineering and direct modeling products to allow you to both reconstruct and edit precise geometry.  Geomagic creates clean meshes and converts them to watertight geometry.  SpaceClaim then quickly edits the designs, adjusting tolerances and accommodating design changes – all without resorting to complex feature-based CAD systems or being forced to re-invent design intent.

This webinar, presented by experts at Geomagic and SpaceClaim, will show:

• Turning scan data into clean meshes and solid geometry in Geomagic
• The connection between Geomagic and SpaceClaim
• Editing the model with SpaceClaim to accommodate design changes and match geometric conditions

For more information, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/503781794

Published in SpaceClaim

A national marketing services provider recently used NVision Inc.'s Engineering Service Division to reverse engineer an essential part in a store display for one of the nation's largest optical retailers. NVision was able to quickly scan the part and provide the CAD files necessary to mass-produce it for the display in the retailer's stores nationwide, enabling millions in annual sales.

WebbMason is on-demand marketing services provider headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD whose clients include one of the country's largest optical retailers. Webbmason invented a custom display to showcase their client's ability to provide a multitude of different sunglass lens coatings. The display uses small plastic rings about 2 inches in diameter, into which the optical retailer can snap a sample lens, which can then be looked through by customers.

"We invented and provide the display these sample lenses are used with and we also distribute the sample lenses themselves, but we've only recently been asked to provide the lens rings the sample lenses snap into. So this was an entirely new product for us," said Dan Michels, Senior Account Executive & Retail Solutions Specialist for Webbmason. "I did some research and discovered that, although we have physical samples of the part, plastic injection molders still need a CAD drawing from which they make their molds for mass-production. Unfortunately, we didn't have a CAD drawing of an existing ring. I did further research into reverse engineering and learned that one way to obtain a CAD file of a part is have it scanned with a 3D laser scanning system and then create the CAD drawing from the scan."

Michels, who works out of Webbmason's southern division in Fort Worth TX, learned of NVision's scanning services and met with the company's engineers. "I could immediately tell that these guys were pros. They knew what they were doing, they were well-equipped and staffed to provide me with exactly what I needed. Above all, they were willing and interested in working with me."

NVision engineers were able to quickly scan the lens ring using the company's HandHeld laser scanner. The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard CAD packages.

The scanning process took less than a day. After it was completed, NVision provided Michels with the CAD files needed to mass-produce the ring for the display.

"Lens coatings are any optical retailer's most profitable product, so selling Rx sunglasses is pretty important," said Michels. "It can be said that NVision's help with this part enables millions of dollars of our client's most profitable sales annually. They also helped us add another product to our already broad offering and I'm looking forward to working with them on my next custom retail display project."

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Geomagic®, the leading provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, today announced the release of its innovative 3D imaging products: Geomagic Studio 2012, Geomagic Wrap 2012, Geomagic Qualify 2012, Geomagic Qualify Probe and Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition. This powerful suite of software delivers the latest technological advancements in 3D scan and probe data transformation, precise polygonal imaging and 3D inspection and metrology, all of which work to increase manufacturing efficiency, productivity and product quality.

Geomagic 2012 products offer affordable, fast and precise solutions for engineers, quality inspectors, industrial designers, artists, movie makers and more. The user-friendly products deliver new and optimized commands for significantly faster creation of usable 3D models. With enhanced performance and speed, these products streamline manufacturing, design and production processes for cost-effective results. These latest releases add to the earlier announcement of the new Geomagic Qualify Probe product, an affordable probing-only 3D inspection product.

Geomagic Studio 2012

Geomagic Studio 2012 is the leading solution for transforming scans of physical objects into precise 3D models. Geomagic Studio delivers this data into polygon, surface and CAD models for use directly in reverse engineering, product design, art, rapid prototyping and analysis. The data can also be transferred directly from Geomagic Studio as history-based parametric models into popular MCAD systems. Providing the most efficient means of 3D scan data conversion with new and enhanced features, Geomagic Studio revolutionizes the digital content modeling and manufacturing process.

The latest version delivers an even more robust user interface that delivers simplified commands for complex processes, as well as precise surfacing, powerful automated point cloud data clean-up, and rapid surface repair of models. Geomagic Studio 2012 has been enhanced to deliver better sketching and patching tools, a new Scripting environment for automation of functions at the command level, and improved handling and viewing of mid- to large-range data. The software brings significantly increased processing speeds and has been optimized to handle much larger point cloud data files which assist in both mechanical and BIM scanning workflows.

“We have already been using Geomagic Studio 2012 in pre-release form because it is so robust,” stated Spike Milligan, of Mimic Studios – a reseller of Geomagic and a beta tester of the new version. “The huge point and polygon models from our Surphaser system now work very well in this latest version. The new Patch tool is extremely useful too, and has already saved us a ton of time a few times a week.”

Geomagic Studio 2012 supports direct output of 3D parametric data into major MCAD platforms including Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, CATIA and Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER). With this new release, integration with SpaceClaim has been added to deliver access to this powerful direct modeling platform.

Geomagic Wrap 2012

As Geomagic continues to revolutionize digital design, Geomagic Wrap 2012 leads the industry with a solution that precisely transforms scan, probe and point cloud data into usable 3D polygon data. Providing peak performance of automation and instant downstream usability, Geomagic Wrap continues to raise the bar with the addition of new and enhanced tools to include intuitive, intelligent processing of mid-range and probe data, automated and precise remeshing of imported 3D polygon data, increased data handling performance, enhanced sketching tools, and the addition of a new scripting environment for advanced automation of key commands.

This robust, yet affordable software has the ability to export superior 3D data from scan data into all industry-standard polygonal formats, enabling rapid use in design, visualization, art, prototyping and archive, thereby improving productivity.

“Geomagic Wrap 2012 is by far the most high performance version ever, and it delivers even easier tools for using medium- to long-range data, greater power of processing scans and more exact sketching tools,” said Lori Collins, Research Assistant Professor and Director, Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies. “Geomagic has always been the easiest to use and learn. Now it is even more powerful with no loss of the inspired interface and usability of the products.”

Geomagic Wrap 2012 will also be available to many scanner users in the form of Geomagic Wrap 2012 OEM Edition. This software is available exclusively as a bundled solution delivered by selected scanner vendors. Geomagic Wrap 2012 OEM Edition will include many of the new features in Geomagic Wrap 2012, including the significant processing and speed improvements available in this latest version, probing and the latest walkthrough features.

Geomagic Qualify 2012

Geomagic Qualify 2012 utilizes industry-leading technology to deliver 3D inspection and metrology software with precision, speed and comprehensive reporting on the quality of as-built parts for first-article and production inspection, as well as supplier management. This innovative software analyzes highly precise measurements from a physical object and instantly draws comparisons to a digital model and now includes enhanced support for probe and scanner measurement workflows. NIST and PTB certified precision illuminates the power of this automated 3D inspection tool, which now includes airfoil analysis at no additional cost, enabling all parts in a manufacturing process to be rapidly inspected and analyzed for optimum accuracy.

With access to the enhanced capabilities of Geomagic Qualify 2012, manufacturers have the means to rapidly increase productivity and manufacturing quality, as well as identify process weakness. Additionally, comprehensive probing and scanning mechanisms provide a combination of measuring tool and rapid product inspection to create an efficient and agile production environment.

Unlike competitors’ applications, Geomagic Qualify software includes built-in CAD data importers to include native formats of CATIA, NX, SolidWorks, and Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) at no additional charge. Integrated CAD importers provide reference data in an inspection and measurement process to quickly assess deviations and eliminate reoccurrence for a cost effective end result.

Resellers and Partners of Geomagic commented on the 2012 products:

“For our customers, fast processing of the data captured using the Creaform HandyScan is of vital importance. Geomagic Qualify 2012 is very simple to use with our technologies and allows engineers to produce complete inspection reports in a timely fashion, even for the most complex projects,” said Martin Jomphe, Creaform Engineering Services.

“It is great that Geomagic Qualify 2012 provides free integrated importers for CAD software. This is a huge advantage for our customers who need to merge inspection workflows with design data,” said Zhou Zhihua, General Manager of Chengmei-Tech, a reseller of Geomagic.

Significantly enhanced probing support means that all major portable CMMs from hardware vendors such as FARO, Creaform, Hexagon, Nikon, and more, are now extensively supported in Geomagic Qualify 2012. This greater support builds further on inspection processes and workflows, giving customers more choices for capturing accurate measurements using tools of choice.

Geomagic Qualify has been optimized to deliver even greater processing speed, delivery of 3D PDF reports that utilize the .PRC format for greater compression of the data, as well as the addition of a robust scripting interface for command-level automation.

These exciting and robust products are fully supported by Geomagic’s world-class training, technical support, comprehensive online tutorials, and a rich Knowledge Base of materials and guides.

Current information, demos and free trial downloads of the Geomagic 2012 suite of products are available at: www.geomagic.com





Published in Geomagic

Aircraft Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of toilets for corporate jets, saved $20,000 and four weeks in reduced tooling costs/time for a new model by utilizing NVision's laser scanning and engineering services. "By scanning an existing upper and lower bowl assembly and modifying the resulting CAD models to fit parts that we already had tooling for, we substantially reduced the tooling cost and got the product to market faster," said Mark Riebesehl, Owner and Vice President of Operations for Aircraft Technologies.

Aircraft Technologies Inc. provides single-source sanitary solutions for airframe manufacturers, completion centers and maintenance and repair facilities. The company's Series 90 externally serviced toilets are made of thermoformed Kydex and composites for a high strength-to-weight ratio. The user simply closes the cover for an automatic flush. The new variant of the Series 90 will be produced in volumes of about 70 per year for a corporate aircraft manufacturer.

The main parts in the new design are the bowl cap, spray ring and upper and lower bowl assembly. The normal approach to tooling up for a new toilet would have required designing all four parts from scratch and then building a new thermoforming tool for each part. However, Riebesehl noted that an existing bowl cap and spray ring from one toilet and an existing upper and lower bowl from another toilet were all close to the new design and would work perfectly if modifications could be made to the upper and lower bowl to make them fit together.

"The upper and lower bowl were designed before we started using CAD so there was no model that we could modify," Riebesehl said. "I had heard about NVision's laser scanning and decided to try reverse engineering the existing upper and lower bowl tooling. We hired NVision's Engineering Service Division to scan the two parts and provide us with the CAD models.

"The upper and lower bowl tooling was nearly irreplaceable so my partner and I flew to NVision's facility in Dallas and stood there while they scanned the parts. NVision's team worked quickly and efficiently and we flew back with the scan data the very same day. NVision then sent us the CAD surface models via FTP."

Laser scanning works by projecting a line of laser light onto the surfaces to be measured while a camera continuously triangulates the changing distance and profile of the laser line as it sweeps along. A computer translates the video image of the line into accurate 3D coordinates of the object's geometry. NVision engineers then created point clouds consisting of millions of points and used the scan data to create solid models and then output the IGES/STEP CAD surface models.

"When we got back we modified the CAD models to mate up with the existing bowl cap and spray ring," said Riebesehl. "Then we generated CNC programs and built the tooling on a machining center. Everything fit together perfectly, validating the accuracy of the laser scanning process. Using NVision's scanning services saved us in the neighborhood of $20,000 from only having to build two tools instead of four and also helped us get the new product into production four weeks earlier."

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Working with scan data in traditional feature-based modelers is a bear, and the high-end reverse engineering tools are overkill for many jobs. This webinar will show how SpaceClaim Engineer’s fast and simple 3D direct modeling technology helps turn scans to solids.

We will show how to:

-Read scan data into the context of existing assemblies
-Set up reference planes based on scanned geometry
-Auto-fit and sketch curves to cross sections
-Use SpaceClaim’s Pull tool to snap solids to scanned geometry
-Tweak dumb solids created by other solid and surface software into reference designs

SpaceClaim is becoming a must-have tool for many reverse engineering and rapid prototyping workflows. The thirty minutes you spend watching this webinar could save you hours of geometry headaches down the road.

Join us for this must-see webinar!
Wednesday, October 26th
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/176271346

Published in SpaceClaim

As you know, Creaform works tirelessly to maintain its position as a leader and groundbreaker in 3D digitizing. This is why we are proud to launch the 2nd worldwide edition of the PUT US TO THE TEST 2011 challenge.

By entering this contest, you have the opportunity to make the project you've always dreamed of a reality! You know, the project that you've been cherishing for ages, and for which time, human resources and/or required technology you simply couldn't find...

Among the candidacies received, we will pick the 3 most challenging of them to put our 3D Engineering skills to the test...once again.

• One (1) Nothing is impossible! prize ($20,000 value)

• Two (2) Consider it done! prizes ($2,000 ea. value)

Whatever your industry or the scope of your project, we are eager to push back our limits whether we're talking 3D scanning, long-range scanning, inspection, reverse engineering, design or FEA.

Dare to submit your project, even if you are convinced that it is mission impossible! Picture the possibilities ahead of you if you were to be picked out!

For more information, visit: http://www.creaform3d.com/en/contests/put-us-to-the-test.aspx

Published in Creaform

Engineers from NVision, Inc., using the company’s HandHeld Scanner, were able to quickly reverse engineer a large impellor for a major hydroelectric facility, sparing the facility what would have been an extended shutdown had they needed to produce a replacement impellor from scratch. In less than one week, NVision scanned the original impellor and provided a computer model of it to the facility, which then used the model to manufacture a duplicate impellor for installation. In the end, only a relatively short shutdown was necessary to accommodate the scanning and reproduction of the impellor.

The turbines that move the water in hydroelectric plants employ massive impellors to get the job done. In this case, one of the facility’s key impellors had suffered damage that forced the facility to replace it. However, the facility did not possess a computer model of the impellor, which was necessary in order to manufacture a replacement. Without a replacement available, the plant was facing an extended shutdown with potentially high losses in time and money.

The facility’s management contacted NVision to produce a computer model of the impellor. Two days after the initial contact, with a refurbished impellor temporarily in use as a replacement, an NVision engineer was on site to scan the impellor using the HandHeld laser scanner.

The HandHeld scanner is attached to a mechanical arm which moves about the object being scanned, freeing the user to capture data rapidly and with a high degree of resolution. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard 3D packages.

“The HandHeld laser scanner was perfect for this project because its ability to move freely around a part makes it possible to reverse engineer components of virtually any size and shape," said Colin Ellis, Engineering Manager at NVision. “In this case, the spacing of the blades was large enough for the laser scanning head to fit through.”

Scanning took eight hours, and included data from three locations situated throughout the part, with data being indexed into the same coordinate system using geometric features. After the data was collected and processed into an STL mesh, a SolidWorks model was created in two days. The facility received the completed model of the impellor just six working days after first calling NVision with their problem. The computer model was used to manufacture an exact duplicate of the original impellor.

“By using laser scanning to reverse engineer the impellor the facility was able to avoid a lengthy and costly shutdown,” said Ellis. “As a side benefit of the scanning, we found that the impellor being used as a replacement was greatly out of balance, with no easy way of manually checking the part to see where the problem lay. Fortunately, using our inspection software, we were able to rotate and compare the data virtually, allowing precise indication of problem areas.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

ROMER Inc., a brand of Hexagon Metrology Inc, announced today the launch of CMS108, a high-precision, non-contact laser scanner available for their portable coordinate measuring machines. The newest option in ROMER’s laser scanning portfolio, the CMS108 is the most adaptable and adept at scanning a wide range of materials with enhanced sensitivity to color and surface finishes. Its improved accuracy makes it attractive for inspection and reverse engineering applications where laser scanners have been unable to meet tight tolerances. The CMS108 mounts with a kinematic joint to the seven-axis ROMER portable CMMs, which include the Absolute Arm SE and the Infinite 2.0 SC Arm.  

The CMS108 is the most precise laser scanner offered by ROMER with an accuracy of 20 microns, which is a 16% gain in accuracy over previous scanning solutions.  In addition, the device was engineered for applications with a wide variety of color and surface finishes.  Flying dot technology allows the laser scanner to rapidly detect changes in color and surfaces via their reflectivity.  An operator can scan traditionally difficult finishes, including shiny and mirrored surfaces, without making manual exposure adjustments.  The laser scanner can transition from matte to shiny features without additional calibration.  With 3 different line widths and differing point densities, the CMS108 is able to perform inspection routines on small intricate parts and large surfaces.

“The CMS108 is the perfect addition to our portable scanning portfolio,” states Eric Hollenbeck, Hexagon Metrology’s Product Manager for portable products, ”With versatility and an exceptional data collection rate, we now offer an incredibly accurate scanner capable of inspecting different consecutive surfaces on the fly with no adjustments.  The CMS108 system integrates our industry leading Scanning System Specification which specifies and calibrates the arm and scanner as a single unit.  Although any organization with portable metrology requirements could potentially benefit from this technology, typical users include those in the automotive, aerospace, medical, rail, and energy production industries.  The addition of the CMS108 to our lineup demonstrates Hexagon Metrology’s commitment to offering the customer unrivaled choice in portable metrology.”

The CMS108 is currently available for the seven-axis Absolute Arm SE with measuring ranges of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, and 4.5 meters. The sensor can also be added as an upgrade to the seven-axis Infinite 2.0 SC Arm. Both products are produced in the new, state-of-the-art facility in Oceanside, California.

Hexagon Metrology serves the high precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with its extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories and customer services. The company's name-brand portfolio of quality assurance products include Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, Leica Geosystems, ROMER, Sheffield, PC-DMIS, DEA, Leitz and TESA. Hexagon Metrology has an unrivaled installed base of more than 1.5 million handheld, stationary and portable measurement devices, and over 35,000 seats of PC-DMIS metrology software.

For more information, visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us

Published in Hexagon Metrology

From Point Clouds to CAD models with PC-DMIS Reshaper

Hexagon Metrology, Inc. is pleased to announce a free live webinar on reverse engineering techniques using PC-DMIS Reshaper software on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am central daylight time.  PC-DMIS Reshaper is a standalone software product specializing in point cloud collection, processing and meshing tasks.  The software quickly coverts 3D data into usable formats for CAD design, rapid prototyping and other forms of 3D manipulation. Anyone interested in learning about the reverse engineering process is invited to the informative session.

The webinar signup page contains the complete details and system requirements: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/193913680

Ute Burton, a senior application engineer for ROMER portable arm products, will present the session using live screen capture so viewers can follow along with each phase of the process.  During the 30 minute webinar, the main steps of reverse engineering will be covered: data collection, point cloud cleanup and editing, creation of polygonal mesh models, editing of mesh models, and finally, section cuts that can be exported into other 3D design software.

A live question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Archived versions of the webinar are posted within two weeks of the live event at: www.PC-DMIS.com

Published in Hexagon Metrology

Geomagic® and Nikon Metrology today announced a new cooperative agreement that enables Nikon Metrology to fully integrate and offer its entire range of handheld 3D laser scanners with Geomagic Studio®, Geomagic Qualify™, and Geomagic Wrap®.

This partnership enables customers to seamlessly collect scan data directly from Nikon scanners into Geomagic Studio software for processing 3D polygon, surface and parametric models for reverse engineering, product design, rapid prototyping and analysis. Similarly, scan data is immediately passed to Geomagic Qualify to graphically and rapidly compare as-built parts with digital reference models for first-article inspection, production inspection and supplier quality management.

As a plug-in to Geomagic, the Nikon Metrology API manages point cloud acquisition by controlling all interaction between the new generation digital ModelMaker laser scanners and handheld localizer of choice. Highly accurate and reliable, it delivers control tools for the laser scanner, including scanner parameter modification or running of qualification routines. The resulting point cloud data is fed directly into Geomagic in real time, ready for processing into usable 3D data and models.

“This integration of Nikon Metrology data with Geomagic software products aligns with our belief that obtaining and using 3D data should be as easy and simple as possible,” said Tom Kurke, COO, Geomagic. “As part of our continuous efforts to integrate leading handheld point cloud digitizers, we see it as a big step forward that ModelMaker scanners can be interfaced with and directly controlled from within Geomagic.”

Jos Jans, Nikon Metrology Executive VP Marketing, adds that Geomagic software users now have direct access to the best digital laser scanning technology, offering high accuracy, fast data capture and automatic laser intensity adaptation to scan nearly all surfaces. “The plug-in offers design and manufacturing engineers fast-lane access to first-class laser scanners, while enjoying the convenience of the point cloud software environment they know inside out.”

Geomagic Wrap, Geomagic Studio and Geomagic Qualify are all available as 30-day free trial downloads. To register, visit: www.geomagic.com

For more information visit: www.nikonmetrology.com

Published in Nikon Metrology

Geomagic, a leading 3D reverse engineering and inspection software developer, today announced the availability of its Geomagic Wrap® OEM Edition software for integrated scan-to-3D solutions.

Wrap OEM Edition is a special version of Geomagic Wrap and delivers fast, professional-grade 3D polygonal models direct from 3D scan data. It is designed for inclusion with a new breed of scanning devices, creating a complete hardware and software solution for accurately producing digital models of physical objects - at a market-changing low price point.   

The software combines Geomagic's automated 3D point cloud merge and registration with sophisticated clean-up tools and rapid, accurate polygon mesh generation. After enhancement with included sculpting, trimming and shelling tools, 3D digital models can be used in downstream applications such as 3D printing and digital content creation for visualization, entertainment, archival and medical applications. Models can be exported in a variety of formats, including STL, OBJ and 3D PDF.

Six scanner hardware manufacturers have already agreed to include Wrap OEM Edition with their 3D scanners. These include Creaform, 3D3 Solutions, 3D Digital, Noomeo, Open Technologies and Vialux.

Creaform, for example, includes Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition with every one of its Gemini and MegaCapturor scanners. These scanners are used for human body scanning in medical, multi-media, virtual reality and other similar applications.

“Creaform’s Body Digitizer products allow very fast scanning of the human body, now bundled with Geomagic OEM Wrap Edition,” said Francois Leclerc, Creaform Body Digitizers product manager, Creaform. “This new package offers Creaform’s acquisition speed and reliability, backed up by the power and performance of the Geomagic software, at a very aggressive retail price.”

Vialux zSnapper digitizers, used for rapid scanning for forensic, plastic surgery and biometric industries, will also be sold as a complete solution with Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition.

“Customers are very excited about our complete zSnapper digitizer solution now that we have combined the DLP® scanners with Wrap OEM Edition,” said Roland Hofling, CEO, Vialux GmbH. “With this agreement, we can immediately provide all the tools they need to do their work.”

"With Wrap OEM Edition, we are very pleased to enable scanner manufacturers to deliver a complete hardware and software solution in a single, easy-to-buy package," said Tom Kurke, COO, Geomagic. "The new price points for these combined solutions will introduce powerful scanning and modeling technology to a new class of customer".

Over the coming months, Geomagic will also rapidly expand the number of scanner partners bundling Wrap OEM Edition with their scanners.

The end-user version of Geomagic Wrap, as well as Geomagic Studio® and Geomagic Qualify™, can be tried out on a free, 30-day trial. Visit www.geomagic.com to register.

Published in Geomagic

After experiencing significant frustration and sub-standard scanning results, the NAS contacted NVision, which regularly works with every branch of the U.S. military and specializes in providing scanning solutions and customized, on-site training in the use of laser scanners for reverse engineering. An NVision engineer traveled to the base and spent four days extensively training its personnel on site in the use of laser scanning equipment and software. "Our on-site training with actual parts is one of the reasons why NVision's work with the military continues to grow," says Colin Ellis, Engineering Manager at NVision. "NVision is unique in that we provide full turnkey solutions from start to finish including training instead of having clients purchase separate hardware, software, and training from different places, which happened in this case."

Engineers and machinists at the base regularly need to reverse engineer complex replacement parts for naval aircraft in order to keep the planes and helicopters in peak flying condition. Although this NAS purchased a 3D laser scanner for reverse engineering from another vendor a few years ago, the vendor's lack of a thorough training program limited the ability of its personnel to reverse engineer parts in military aircraft. Sadly, the original training was on parts completely unrelated to those used at an NAS facility and with software not suitable for the station's needs.

The NVision engineer initially had some difficulty using the base's scanning equipment due to its inherent limitations. These issues included a very small laser strip width, tiny stand-off distance, and limited depth of field. Thankfully he was he able to resolve all of the NAS's issues and concerns by providing the facility with two new high-speed portable workstation computers and extensive training on XOR software using the station's own parts and real-world scenarios.

"Fortunately, with NVision's superior level of on-site training and the XOR software, we were able to bring the NAS completely up to speed on reverse engineering their complex parts," says Ellis. "The base now plans to replace their current rudimentary and slow scanner with an NVision high-accuracy and wide-stripe scanner in order to speed up their reverse engineering process even more."

For more information visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

Delcam has taken reverse engineering software to a new level of affordability by combining the functionality from its CopyCAD reverse engineering package into the 2011 release of its PowerSHAPE Pro CAD system.  This extended range of functionality, which will be supplied automatically to all users on maintenance, is ideal both for the creation of CAD models from all types of digitised scan data, and for the re-engineering of existing products into improved or customised designs.  The complete package is priced at about one third of the cost of current reverse engineering systems with similar functionality.

PowerSHAPE Pro is still the only CAD software to offer "Tribrid Modelling” -; the addition of triangle modelling to the combination of surface and solid modelling that is offered in many other CAD packages as "hybrid modelling”.  Having all the different modelling techniques in a single package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.  The extended range of functionality, for example, the ability to undertake Boolean operations between triangle meshes and solids or surfaces, makes PowerSHAPE Pro ideal for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating bespoke products, for example, for individual patients in the healthcare industry.

With Tribrid Modelling, PowerSHAPE Pro offers a flexible and pragmatic approach that allows the design intent to be captured from the physical model rather than simply producing a duplicate digital representation.  This is particularly important when generating models from items that might be worn or damaged, and in cases where the quality of the initial data is less than perfect.  Three techniques can be used to convert the scan data into the CAD model, based on key points, surface patches or surface sketching.

The first technique is most suitable when creating simple geometric entities.  PowerSHAPE Pro can use the positions of key points to create arcs and lines, and then convert them into the full range of prismatic solids.  This approach will usually be much quicker than methods based on a complete scan of the object.  To produce simpler geometry, for example, surfaces that are perfectly flat or cylinders that are perfectly round, might otherwise require considerable editing of the triangle file to compensate for any defects in the physical part or any errors in the scan data collected.

For more complex shapes, PowerSHAPE Pro now contains all the sculpting and model repair tools previously available in CopyCAD to edit triangle files.  These tools allow uneven surfaces to be smoothed out, gaps in the data to be filled, and extra points to be added in areas where only sparse data has been collected.

The edited triangle data can then be converted into the component features.  The user has total control over the way the complete data set is divided into the various elements.  Each area can then be converted into CAD data by generating a network of curves and then projecting it onto the mesh of triangles.  A single surface is generated within the complete set of curves, using PowerSHAPE’s unique Smart Surfacing functionality to analyse the curves and determine automatically the most appropriate way to create the surface.  If the user is unhappy with the automatic selection, or is simply curious to see other options, he can scroll through the alternative solutions.

The third approach allows the user to sketch onto the surface of the triangle file and use the resulting lines to create the geometry.  This can be done by rotating or extruding a single line to create a surface, or by sketching two or more cross-sections and then flowing a surface between them.

The solid model can then be completed with the wide range of filleting and blending options within PowerSHAPE Pro.  These allow the creation of consistent, smooth fillets and blends, rather than the sets of complex, free-form patches, often with inconsistent radii, that would be produced from the scan data in a conventional reverse engineering system.

At any stage in the process, analysis tools are available to display the differences between the triangle mesh and the model created in PowerSHAPE Pro.  This will highlight any areas that are outside the required tolerance.

In cases when the scan data only represents the external surfaces of the component, PowerSHAPE Pro’s solid modelling tools can be used to produce a complete model.  First, the external surfaces can be offset by the material thickness to generate the internal surfaces.  Extra geometric features, such as reinforcing ribs and bosses for fixing, can then be added to complete the design.

The integrity of the final solid model can be checked with the Solid Doctor options within PowerSHAPE Pro.  This can tackle automatically the most common problems that may occur when building CAD models, including gaps and overlaps between surfaces, and duplicated or missing surfaces.  The completed model can then be used by Delcam’s full range of software for downstream operations, including tooling design, machining and inspection.

For more information visit: www.powershape.com

Published in Delcam

CCE, a leading engineering software and services provider, announces the release of EnSuite with new tools for reverse engineering and rapid prototyping applications.

EnSuite’s Model Compare functionality has been extended to compare Native CAD data with scanned Point Cloud data, and STL files. The results of the comparison are visually displayed showing the deviations from the original design. The results can also be exported to an XLS file. This functionality is critical in reverse engineering and rapid prototyping applications to ensure the physical part matches the CAD data within specified tolerances.

New tools for computing surface area, bounding volume and 3D measurements for Point Cloud and STL files have also been added. Besides, EnSuite incorporates viewers for Point Cloud, STL and native CAD files.

“With widespread availability of 3D Scanners & Rapid Prototyping, EnSuite provides users critical tools to maximize the application of these technologies in their product development, competitive benchmarking, quality assurance and rapid manufacturing activities”, said Vinay Wagle, CCE’s VP of Sales & Marketing.

EnSuite provides quick access to critical engineering information residing in CAD data, no matter which CAD system was used to author it. It’s extremely user-friendly interface is designed for users who may not be trained in using CAD systems, but need to access CAD data for their day-to-day work. EnSuite supports all major 3D CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, NX, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Parasolid, JT, CGR, STL, Solid Edge, 3D PDF, IGES and STEP.

For more information visit: www.cadcam-e.com

Published in CCE

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