News in 3D Scanning, Photogrammetry, Inspection and Automation - February 2011
     
 
Capture 3D Newsletter: 3D Metrology - A faster way to quantify and make decisions
 

3D Metrology Newsletter- A faster way to quantify and make decisions - February 2011

  1. Looking for a 3D Scanner?  I’d like to first ask you 5 questions.
  2. Spotlight: Chrysler/Fiat “3D Scanning – A collaborative process between PDO, AVE and Aero/Thermal”
  3. Case Study: BMW sheet metal production monitored with ATOS Inspection Cell
  4. Industry Feedback: Chromalloy Gas Turbine
  5. Press Release: Capture 3D Users Group Conference 2010 Recap
  6. Video: ATOS Triple Scan Robotics
  7. Product Release: New ATOS Triple Scan with Blue Light LED Technology
  8. Software Release: FREE GOM Inspect Software and Viewer for Point Clouds
  9. Software Release: Standalone GOM Inspect Pro Software
  10. Software Release: VMR – Virtual Measuring Room
  11. Training: Upcoming V7 Courses
  12. 2011 Calendars have shipped!  Did you receive yours?
  13. Specials: Get Credit on Your Trade-In… Upgrade Today!
  14. Upcoming Events Schedule

 

 
 
Catherine Kim  

Looking for a 3D Scanner?  I’d like to first ask you 5 questions.
Catherine Kim, Marketing Manager, Capture 3D, Inc.

Happy New Year!  We’ve been extremely busy and productive here at Capture 3D keeping up with the positive momentum.  We have a plethora of exciting developments which I have laid out for you in this issue.  It’s amazing to think how another year has gone by so quickly.  Around this time last year, I had started getting into the sport of archery.  I wanted to purchase my own equipment, so I began my investigation into what products were out in the market.  From my experience I knew I wanted something accurate, fast, easy to carry, and of course, the best bang for my buck.  I registered for forums, researched articles, requested for brochures, and read other people’s opinions.  Unfortunately, I learned this was not going to be a simple shopping cart checkout.  Every post I had read had different views and conflicting perspectives.  The internet helped me learn about the different technologies; however, the test drive of products is what impacted my final investment decision. 

One of the questions I see regularly on the internet is, “What is the best 3D scanner?”  Many companies are quick to throw out their best sales pitch and specifications, and although it is a good place to start, just remember it is not that black and white.  Understanding your requirements and defining your needs is top priority when choosing the right tool for your toolbox.  There is no “perfect” 3D scanner for every application.  Analyze technologies on your part in your environment to get real-time results.  Request a comprehensive report that outlines the final data with the associated workflows.  You want to make sure their process can be replicated by your team. 

If you are looking for a 3D Scanner, here are 5 simple questions I’d like to ask you. 

  1. What is your industry and specific application (i.e. reverse engineering, inspection, etc…)?
  2. Description of parts (i.e. size, surface finish, material, shape, etc…)?
  3. What is your current measurement solution?
  4. What are your goals (i.e. better accuracy, better throughput, faster turnaround, etc…)?
  5. What is the budget, and is there a time deadline?

Feel free to use this template in your requests to 3D scanning companies.  These are questions that should be asked to you, so by beginning here you are saving yourself some time.  If the company does not ask you these things, then that would make me a bit concerned wondering if they were trying to sell me a piece of equipment, or are they trying to sell me a real-world working solution to address my issues?  In return you should receive pertinent information to your answers and material that is relevant to your needs.  If the product does not fit your requirements, hopefully they can route you in the right direction.  There is nothing worse than trying to fit a square into a circle.  Purchasing a 3D metrology solution does not need to be time consuming or painful; however, it is not as simple as clicking add to cart and checking out.  The 3D scanning company has to understand your desires before granting your wishes. 

The team at Capture 3D works hard to partner with our customers in achieving their goals.  Our satisfaction comes from knowing our customers are successful.  Our focus is to work together to create the optimal result.  For over a decade, Capture 3D and GOM have been researching and developing 3D metrology technology to provide solutions that our customers can gain from. 

  • Accurate 3D metrology systems that are tested and certified
  • Integration of advanced hardware and intelligent software
  • Technological advancements through automation and robotics

I wish you success, prosperity, and good health for 2011.  I appreciate everyone’s feedback and comments.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at catherine@capture3d.com.  Happy searching!

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Spotlight: Chrysler/Fiat 3D Scanning

 

Spotlight: Chrysler/Fiat “3D Scanning – A collaborative process between PDO, AVE and Aero/Thermal”

Congratulations to the Chrysler team for their teamwork and efforts!  “…During the day, the ATOS III-S is scanning competitive vehicles for AVE, 3/8 and full scale clay properties for Aero/Thermal and sub-assemblies for Engineering.  At night, the equipment is being used by PDO to scan 3/8 and full scale clay concept model surfaces as well as full scale clay interiors, foam armatures and other accessories such as wheels, tires, badges, grille work, etc.  The ATOS III-S is also used for final product quality checks after a vehicle has been manufactured to compare scans with Engineering and Design data.  With higher resolution, larger and more accurate data files, Chrysler can now participate in an industry-wide data exchange network, saving the company thousands of dollars...” 

Read the entire article at http://capture3d.com/Documents/Article-ChryslerFiat2010.html.

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BMW ATOS Automated Metrology

 

Case Study: BMW sheet metal production monitored with ATOS Inspection Cell

The press shop at BMW's Dingolfing plant relies on ATOS optical metrology systems for automated inspection of sheet metal components.  GOM technology has allowed BMW to set completely new standards, offering high time-saving potential since sensor, automation and inspection software all come from a single-source provider.

Keywords: Production-related robot inspection cell, press shop, automatic shape and dimension control, optical 3D metrology, inspection software, trim & spring, hole pattern

Read the entire case study at http://capture3d.com/Documents/CaseStudy-BMW-AutomatedMetrology2011.html.

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Chromalloy Industry Feedback

 

Industry Feedback: Chromalloy Gas Turbine

"Through our evaluations, we determined that the ATOS system provides better accuracies than Laser Scanners and with the organic shapes of Turbine Blades, CMM's do not provide the required detail.  Since our initial acquisition in 1998, we have installed six systems at five locations and have been very impressed with the continual software and hardware updates.  GOM is obviously making substantial investments to keep ahead of their competition."

Director of Design Engineering
Chromalloy Gas Turbine

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Capture 3D Users Group Conference 2010

 

Press Release: Capture 3D Users Group Conference 2010 Recap

The Capture 3D Team would like to thank everyone who attended our biannual Users Group Conference and 3D Metrology Workshop October 5-7, 2010 in Newport Beach, California. Over 175 customers registered for this event which included presentations from industry professionals, technical workshop labs, and an open forum for discussions. The key goals of the conference and workshop were to provide a venue to:

  • Learn about 3D measurement advancements, technology, and techniques
  • Interact with Capture 3D, GOM, and peers to collaborate for process optimization strategy; in addition, share ideas and learn how others are using metrology to successfully reduce costs and make their companies more competitive.
  • Improve current workflow and expand technical knowledge
  • Achieve and overcome challenges which arise within the design through manufacturing processes

Many of you have asked for a presentation with information about the conference to share with your colleagues and management.  Please email catherine@capture3d.com for a PowerPoint file which outlines the conference overview, statistics, and synopsis. 

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Vide: ATOS Triple Scan Robotics

 

 

Video: ATOS Triple Scan Robotics

Missed the GOM and Capture 3D conference?  Don’t worry, we created a short video to share with you.  The first clip is from the GOM Conference in September 2010 highlighting the new ATOS Triple Scan in an automotive robotics environment. The new ATOS Triple Scan with Blue Technology has even higher accuracy, detailed resolution, and speed. The second clip is from Capture 3D's User Group Conference in October 2010 and displays the use of two robots scanning a set of turbine blades. Through the use of advanced hardware and intelligent software coupled with automation, the ATOS Triple Scan is a technological advancement for the metrology world. The ATOS Triple Scan is a turn-key scanning and inspection system.

Click here to watch the video www.youtube.com/capture3dscanning.

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New ATOS Triple Scan with Blue Light Technology  

Product Release: New ATOS Triple Scan with Blue Light LED Technology

The revolutionary GOM ATOS Triple Scan series of 3D scanners incorporating a blue LED light source technology and new pattern projection techniques is exciting the metrology community. ATOS is known for its high accuracy, speed and configuration flexibility supporting small to extra large measurement projects. The new ATOS Triple Scan takes non-contact measurement to a new level addressing shiny and/or dark colored surfaces, difficult to capture areas, automatic scan patch geometry based alignment, intelligent software providing data quality checks, measurement history and parametric based inspection capabilities.  All these technological advancements coupled with even greater accuracy, speed, and resolution.

For information on the new ATOS Triple Scan, please email info@capture3d.com

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Free GOM Inspect Screenshot

 

Software Release: FREE GOM Inspect Software and Viewer for Point Clouds

GOM Inspect is a free mesh processing and inspection software for dimensional analysis of 3D point clouds. Imported, process, evaluate, view and share all in one free software package!  It also contains a complete set of tools for advanced mesh processing and evaluation. This software not only analyzes ATOS data, but also 3D point clouds from laser scanners, CTs, and other white light scanners.  Additionally, share results to analyze data and easily detect problematic areas with colleagues, suppliers, and/or customers for effective collaboration to expedite decision making processes. 

Download GOM Inspect right now at - http://www.gom.com/3d-software/gom-inspect.html.

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Standalone GOM Inspect Pro Software Screenshot

 

Software Release: Standalone GOM Inspect Pro Software – The New Approach to Parametric Inspection

GOM Inspect Professional is a tested and certified parametric traceable evaluation software for dimensional analysis of 3D point clouds from white light scanners, laser scanners, CTs and other sources. With GOM’s parametric inspection, instead of using a macro engine, every single element knows its path of creation within the software structure. All actions and evaluation steps are completely traceable and interlinked, and can be easily modified or adjusted. A one-button solution updates all dependent elements automatically after changes.  Some software enhancements include: Traceability, Teaching by Doing, Evaluation Software for Point Clouds, Measuring Principles, I-Inspect, Reporting for First Article Inspection, and Compatibility with Windows 7. 

For more information on GOM Inspect Pro, please email info@capture3d.com

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VMR – Virtual Measuring Room for Automation Enhancement  

Software Release: VMR – Virtual Measuring Room for Automation Enhancement

VMR is a software module developed to further advance and evolve your automation experience.
• Offline & online programming
• Building a virtual measuring room
• 3D measurement simulation
• Collision control & safety
• Inspection
• Reporting

For more information on VMR, please email info@capture3d.com.

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Upcoming V7 Training Sessions  

Training: Upcoming V7 Courses

The latest GOM software release entitled V7, simplifies 3D measurement workflows and includes a multitude of enhanced functionality. It contains a redesigned intelligent graphical user interface (GUI), improved digitizing algorithm, and advanced parametric inspection elements. Based on all the feature upgrades and enhancements, we strongly recommend taking our three day training course.  Here are the next open sessions-

  • February 22-24, 2011 in Houston, Texas
  • March 8-10, 2011 in Costa Mesa, California
  • March 15-17, 2011 in Novi, Michigan
  • March 22-24, 2011 in Houston, Texas

To register, please click here- http://capture3d.com/training/v7.html

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Capture 3D 2011 Custom Calendar  

2011 Calendars have shipped!  Did you receive yours?

Thousands of our custom Capture 3D 2011 calendars were shipped out and we have just a small number left.  If you did not receive yours, please send an email with your mailing address and we will send one out.  First come, first serve!  :]

To request a Capture 3D 2011 calendar, email catherine@capture3d.com

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Earn Value on Your Trade-In and Upgrade Today  

Specials: Earn Value on Your Trade-In… Upgrade Today!

Whether you must have the new ATOS Triple Scan, or you are simply curious on your current trade-in value, contact us today for a quote.  Capture 3D offers great incentives to our customers who wish to upgrade their existing Capture 3D products.

Request an upgrade quote to accounting@capture3d.com

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Upcoming Events Schedule  

Upcoming Events Schedule

  • Mar 30 – Apr 1 PMA Conference, San Diego, California
  • Apr 5 – Apr 7 AeroDef Manufacturing, Anaheim, California, Booth #1720
  • Apr 12 – Apr 14 MRO, Miami, Florida, Booth #2446
  • May 17 – May 19 Eastec, Springfield, MA, Booth #5467

Planning on attending one of these events? Contact catherine@capture3d.com to schedule a meeting onsite, or if you would like to bring us one of your parts please let us know.

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