News in 3D Scanning, Photogrammetry, Inspection and Automation - October 2014

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3D Metrology Newsletter - A faster way to quantify and make decisions - October 2014

Inside This Issue:

  1. Be the Hero with Your End of Year Budget – Complimentary Measurement Systems ROI Analysis Workbook
  2. U.S. Turbine Engine Components Manufacturer Customer Story
  3. Motor Trend Magazine – Chrysler Sterling Heights Plant Tour: Improvements Abound
  4. US Mint Artists at Philadelphia Sculpt Digitally and in Clay
  5. General Motors - 3D Scanning Big Part of Cadillac Elmiraj Design: Extensive digital mapping technology merges art and science of car design
  6. Last Call! Capture 3D Innovation Users Conference 2014
  7. New GOM Inspect Freeware V8 – Over 39K Instant Downloads
  8. Social Media - Connect with Us
  9. Upcoming Events

 

Catherine Kim   Be the Hero with Your End of Year Budget – Complimentary Measurement Systems ROI Analysis Workbook
Catherine Kim, Marketing Manager, Capture 3D, Inc.

With the end of 2014 approaching, many are faced with a challenging decision on how to advocate the best use of their remaining budget.  As the economy progresses, manufacturing advances, the need to modernize traditional processes is important in order to stay ahead of the game and on path for continual improvement.  Measurement and Inspection is a key component in manufacturing and being able to shorten measurement setup, data collection and analysis time allows companies to focus on fixing processes and optimizing workflows rather than trying to interpret data through a series of costly iterations. 

Non-contact optical metrology technology, such as structured light 3D scanners, help discover discreet problematic areas that would have been undetected by traditional measurement methods by quickly scanning the entire object (part, mold, tool, die, etc.) in an accurate and dense point cloud.  This digital 3D blue print of the object’s geometry is then compared to CAD with a 3D inspection color map displaying a spectrum of colors that signify areas in or out of tolerance.  As the saying goes, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”  The 3D color map takes the uncertainty away so the optimal corrective action can be applied eliminating iterations and saving an enormous amount of costs and time that were once being spent on rework.

We understand deriving the cost justification can be a daunting task, so we’ve prepared a ROI spreadsheet with automatic formulas and calculations to help in your measurement system endeavors.  The workbook contains a real-world example from one of our customers who was able to save over $400K per year by replacing their CMM with an ATOS Scanning Solution.

If you would like a copy, please email me at catherine@capture3d.com.  We hope you will give us the opportunity and investigate our solutions. 

Measurement Systems ROI Analysis Workbook

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Airfoil Inspection

  U.S. Turbine Engine Components Manufacturer Customer Story

“ATOS has proven to be a valuable engineering asset for 3D scanning, inspection, and dimensional analysis of airfoil castings which have complex shape and geometry. With Capture 3D’s ATOS Triple Scan MCXL automated measurement system we have achieved higher accuracy, faster throughput, and repeatability while saving time and money. Due to the success and increase in business, our systems are running 20 hours per day, 6 days per week. The interface is easy to use allowing us to streamline our processes and have our operators up to speed with minimal training. This is our first year to roll out the ATOS systems for full production applications and buyoff. We expect it to become a larger integral part of the production process by replacing the previous generation of technologies.”

Quality Engineer 2013
U.S. Turbine Engine Components Manufacturer

*Gage R&R Presentation and Case Study is available. Please email info@capture3d.com for your copy.

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Chrysler SHAP

 

 

Motor Trend Magazine – Chrysler Sterling Heights Plant Tour: Improvements Abound

“This high-tech gizmo is an Advanced TOpometric Sensor (ATOS). It can measure a completed assembly like a deck-lid much more quickly than the ruby-tipped CMM can, by scanning it with “structured light” (which is not lasers). It serves as yet another check on continued dimensional accuracy, in order to keep those panel gaps nice ’n tight.”

Read the entire article by clicking here.

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U.S. Mint Artists in Philadelphia  

US Mint Artists at Philadelphia Sculpt Digitally and in Clay

“Capture 3D non-contact, high resolution scanner used in Digital Process & Development Division. This scanner captures relief information from artists’ models, galvanos, tooling and coins. The digital information is then sent to the digital design software for changes.”

Read the entire article by clicking here.

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General Motors - 3D Scanning Big Part of Cadillac Elmiraj Design

 

 

General Motors - 3D Scanning Big Part of Cadillac Elmiraj Design: Extensive digital mapping technology merges art and science of car design

“3-D scanning uses projected light patterns and an advanced camera to capture three-dimensional shapes and translate them into math data that can be manipulated in digital modeling programs. Developers of Elmiraj, a modern update of a classic two-door grand coupe, extensively used the digital mapping technology.

'With the Elmiraj, we were able to use 3-D scanning as the bridge between traditional hand-sculpting teams who work in clay and digital modeling design teams who work in math,' said Frank Saucedo, director of General Motors’ North Hollywood Advanced Design Studio. 'Our ability to scan the clay model with speed and precision and go from the digital tools to the hands of a craftsman and vice versa was extremely valuable.'

3-D scanning plays an increasingly important role in car design, which typically starts when a 2-D image is turned into a 3-D mathematical rendering. Math models serve as the basis for computer-controlled milling and hand-modeling in clay. 3-D scanners allow designers to quickly reverse engineer and update the master math model. Changes made to the math model are in turn updated in the physical model by milling the clay.

GM has used 3-D scanning since 2001, more on clay interior and exterior properties than drivable concept cars. Elmiraj is an exception. GM’s Design Center Fabrication Shops in Warren, Mich. and Advanced Design Studio in California used 3-D scanning to validate nearly every pattern, mold and part during each phase of the vehicle build.

'It provides a means of recording every design change with the utmost accuracy,' said David Bolognino, director of GM Design Fabrication Operations. 'A scan can even reveal the need to take a step back to a previous iteration, and 3-D scanning makes it relatively easy to do.'"

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Capture 3D Innovation 2014  

Last Call! Capture 3D Innovation Users Conference 2014

For those attending, we are excited to see you! If you have not yet registered, there is still time to book your travel. For those that cannot make it, you will be missed and we hope you will join us in 2016.

Capture 3D Innovation 2014 Guest Speakers

Our customers and guests enjoy this event because they find it insightful and educational.  This informative conference is to assist in progressing manufacturing, maximizing your investment, networking with other users, and delivering feedback to Capture 3D and GOM developers and engineers.  You will have the opportunity to hear talks from users in addition to partake in Management and Quality focused tracks.  The 3D Expo will showcase metrology applications with a dedicated Capture 3D engineer available at each station to learn more about process improvement as well as tips and techniques. Whether you are a design, quality or manufacturing executive, manager, or engineer, we have some innovative metrology strategies to share with you.

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Free GOM Inspect

Free GOM Inspect

 

New GOM Inspect Freeware V8 – Over 39K Instant Downloads

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/features.html

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Social Media - Connect With Us!

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Upcoming Events Schedule  

Upcoming Events Schedule

Capture 3D will host 3D Metrology Workshops at your facility and cater the event to your requirements.  Please email us for more information.  Below is our upcoming schedule and we welcome you to come and visit the Capture 3D Team. To arrange a meeting or company workshop, please email events@capture3d.com.     

  • 10/14 – 10/16 Capture 3D Innovation Users Conference, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 11/18 – 11/19 PCC Quality Conference, Jacksonville, FL

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